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Announcing the

17th Annual Fungus Foray


Nevada City Wild Mushroom Exposition!

December 13 and 14, 2014

The 17th Annual Fungus Foray

Saturday, December 13

Our traditional Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt and identification will wrap up with an afternoon of displayed discoveries and identification workshops. Bring a lunch and be prepared to walk in the damp woods. You also might find a useful: a collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, hand lens, and a notebook. In the morning, after registration and a brief introduction , we will drive to sites 10 to 30 minutes away. Please carpool and be open to sharing a ride with other attendants. The afternoon will focus on identification and will include hot mushroom soup.

Rain or Shine

When: Saturday, December 13, 9a.m. to 4p.m. registration begins at 8:30am

Where: North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

               17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road, Nevada City, CA

               On the San Juan Ridge, approximately 25 minutes from Nevada City

Admission: $20 general; $15 for YWI members; $10 for half day (afternoon); Under 18 Free


The Nevada City Wild Mushroom Exposition

Sunday, December 14

The fourth annual Wild Mushroom Exposition is bringing the Foray mushrooms to downtown Nevada City! The Sunday Exposition is filled with presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on our seasonal Sierra mushrooms.  There will be wild-crafted food concessions and mushroom merchandise available for sale.

When: Sunday, December 14, Stop by anytime between 11am and 5pm

Where: The Stonehouse Bar and Grill

               107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, CA

               In downtown Nevada City

Admission: $10 general, $8 for YWI members; $5 for Students; Under 18 Free



of the 'Inimim Forest

On Saturday, November 15, a team of almost 40 volunteers showed up to help remove fuels from around old growth trees on the San Juan Ridge to protect them from wildfire.

Afterwards they enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Erickson Woodworking workshop and a tour of the processing of local hardwoods into furniture.



Coming Soon: Tree Rings # 26

Tree Rings #25 available online!

The 25th Edition of the ever-eloquent journal, Tree Rings was published in December of 2013. The theme of this edition was "The Importance of Water." The journal is chock full of essays, poems, articles, and artwork related to this topic of utmost importance, with contributions from Gary Snyder, Kelly Patton, Hank Meals, Sara Rabkin, Tom Van Wagner, Kurt Lorenz, Corey Hitchcock, and more.

Make sure your membership is current and you'll automatically receive a printed copy of Tree Rings in the mail!

Download Tree Rings # 25 "The Importance of Water" here.


The Nature of This Place: Book & Curriculum Guide

The Nature of This Place: Investigations and Adventures in the Yuba Watershed

Bruce Boyd and Liese Greensfelder, editors with foreword by Gary Snyder


The YWI published The Nature of This Place Curriculum Guide developed for K-8 natural science education by the Yuba Watershed Institute, and written by Rachel Durben of the Sierra Streams Institute, in partnership with the Twin Ridges Elementary School District. This project was inspired by the field studies YWI has provided for Grizzly Hill Elementary School students over the years. Now this curriculum is an open source so everyone can benefit from it. The development of the curriculum guide was funded by the Teichert Foundation and published by Flicker Press. Illustrations by Randy Griffis.