Mushroom Walk - Highmount NY - July 4
Join a mushroom walk and learn about the ecological functions of fungi, common edibles and medicinal mushrooms, as well as historic uses of fungi and present day innovations of these fantastic Fungi!
We will start in High Mount Post Office near the entrance to Belleayre Mountain for a brief Fungi101 explanation as well as what to expect from our walk. We will carpool to our walk location near by and participants will get to borrow baskets, bags, and/or books to take with them as we head onto the easy, wide trail into the forest to learn about the fungi we find. We will talk about how to look for, sustainably harvest, and identify mushrooms. We talk about what is edible, medicinal uses, and how to prepare them. We will also focus on historic uses, current scientific trends, and present day innovations of the fungi we find. People of all ages are welcome to explore and get their questions answered. As noon draws near, we will walk back to the parking lot and spread out all of our specimens on a table for further inspection. We can take a group photo which, along with other photos from the day, will be available on the Catskill Fungi Instagram/Facebook. Participants will get discounts of Catskill Fungi products that will be available for purchase.
Please dress for the weather. We will walk rain or shine. This means boots or sneakers. Optional equipment would be a water bottle, bug/tick repellent, rain coat, or snacks. You are welcome to bring pictures of mushrooms you would like identified.
No bathrooms are available so please use them before meeting or plan to contribute your nitrogen to the forest floor.
If you need to cancel please notify us via email. Walks usually fill up so it is recommended you sign up in advance.
See you in the woods!