December 14-15, 2019
Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center
18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Register at www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register
Saturday December 14, 9 am to 4:30 pm
Our Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt will be followed by an afternoon of displayed discoveries and presentations. Bring a bagged lunch and be prepared to walk in the damp woods. Also useful: collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, and hand lens. Please carpool if possible. This is a rain or shine event. There will be breakfast burritos, coffee, baked goods, wild mushroom soups, and other merchandise for sale at the Shady Creek Center.
Saturday’s Schedule (PLEASE NOTE: Online pre-registration is required to attend this event):
9:00 – 9:10 Sign in.
9:10 – 9:40 “Introduction to the Foray” and “Basic Forms of Fungi and Where to Find Them” – Daniel Nicholson, local mycologist and naturalist.
9:40 – 10:15 Foray groups organize and depart to foraging sites in the nearby Tahoe National Forest and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.
1:00 – 1:30 Leave Foray sites and return to Shady Creek Center.
2:00 – 3:00 “Fungi of Vanuatu” – Dr. Brian A. Perry, mycologist and professor.
3:00 – 4:00 “Mushrooms that Glow in the Dark: Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Fungi” – Alan Rockefeller, mushroom identification expert.
Sunday December 15, 11 am to 4 pm
We will host the 8th annual Wild Mushroom Exposition on Sunday. The Exposition includes interactive exhibits and presentations. Exhibits include more than 200 identified fungi species, an UV bio-phosphorescent reaction room, a DNA phylogenetic tree display, and an edible mushroom table. There will also be wild-crafted food and mushroom-themed merchandise for sale.
11:30 – 12:30 “Wild Mushroom Cooking Demonstration” – Chef Todd Spanier.
1:00 – 2:00 “Fungi of The Andes Mountains” – Damon Tighe, biologist and photographer.
2:15 – 3:00 “Growing and Restoring with Fungi in the Landscape” – Christopher Hodge, mushroom cultivator.
3:15 – 3:45 “Sierra Mycoflora Project and What We Know of the Sierra Fungi” – Daniel Nicholson, local mycologist and naturalist.
Saturday – $30 general; $25 for YWI members and full-time students (13 and older)
Sunday – $15 general; $10 for YWI members and full-time students (13 and older)
For both days, admission is free for children 12 years old and under. However, children must be pre-registered online for the Saturday event.
Please be aware there are NO DOGS and NO SMOKING allowed at the Shady Creek Center.
Register and purchase tickets at www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register.
We are seeking volunteers! In exchange for a 2-3 hour volunteer shift, volunteers will receive free admission for the day. To volunteer, please email email@example.com.
Questions? Contact Cynthia@yubawatershedinstitute.org.