For some, they are a savory delight. For others, something you’re made to eat. Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re one of the most important organisms in our ecosystem. They break down, feed, heal and yes they can be deadly. Whether you’re a mushroom expert or just curious, join the Adirondack Experience this summer for a fun, family-friendly mushroom festival! With activities and crafts, workshops, presentations, hikes and more, there is sure to be something for those who have never thought of mushrooms as anything other than something an adult makes you eat. .
Come experience the mycelium highway hidden beneath your feet on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adirondack Experience, the museum on Blue Mountain Lake.
Adirondack mushrooms – the good, the bad and the beautiful
Join Tim Baroni, author of Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, for a fascinating introduction to Adirondack mushrooms. Timothy J. Baroni, Emeritus Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York – Cortland College, works globally on macrofungal biodiversity research. He is the author of three books on mushrooms: A revision of the genus Rhodocybe Maire (Agaricales), How to Identify Genus VI Mushrooms (with David L. Largent) and recently a Timber Press Field Guide Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.
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Capturing Carbon in the Soil Sponge with Mushrooms
Join regional mycologist, Sue Van Hook, for an overview of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi for garden, field and forest plants. Sue will explain the roles that different groups of fungi play in balancing the carbon cycle in forming a resilient soil sponge to deal with the climate crisis.
Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has studied the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for 48 years. In retirement, she consults, teaches and writes about mushrooms. Sue’s certification in Healing Touch, Shamanic Journeying and Active Dreamwork brought her one step closer to sharing a quantum reality with mushrooms.
Culinary and medicinal mushrooms: eat them, grow them, tell all your friends about them!
Tina Ellor was born and raised in the very rural area of Dummerston, Vermont, where the landscape was often quite bleak. Wild mushrooms brought color and interest in spring and fall and she developed a lifelong interest and passion for mushrooms. Her very tolerant parents allowed her to grow mold gardens on old food in the basement and instead of getting her hired, nurtured her odd interests. She received a BS in biology from California State College Stanislaus where her undergraduate project was growing oyster mushrooms on rice straw in California’s central valley and a master’s degree from the University of Maine with cultivation research. of oyster mushrooms on paper mill sludge from a magnesium sulphate plant. in Millinocket, Maine.
Trees and fungi: what is their relationship?
Bernie Carr explores the connection between mushrooms and trees. He will share information about mycorrhiza and its role in forest health.
Bernie Carr was president of the Central New York Mycological Society for 10 years and is currently associated with the Mid-York Mycological Society. In 2011 he chaired the Northeast Mycological Federation Foray at Paul Smith’s College and coordinated field trips for the North American Mycological Association. He is a retired private sector environmental consultant, botanist and endangered species surveyor.
Lichens: connections with the outside
Find out what makes a lichen a lichen. Dorothy Smullen explores the different structural groups (crustose, foliaceous, fruticose) of lichens and where they can be found. Dorothy shares the many ways people use lichens, including as a dye for wool, and the importance of certain lichen species as indicators of air pollution.
Dorothy Smullen (Masters in Biology from Brooklyn College) has been a member of the New Jersey Mycological Association (NJMA) since 1975. Her interest in lichens was heightened in 2001. She has attended five Tuckerman Lichen Foray workshops in WV, Nova Scotia , GA, NC and PA. She has given workshops and presentations on lichens at NJMA, NJ Audubon, Northeast Mycological Foray, and garden clubs. An article on lichen basics that she wrote appears on the North American Mycological Association website.
Join Garrett Kopp for a crash course in basic mycology with topics like: fungi vs fungi, mushroom life cycle, and types of fungi.
Garret Kopp grew up in Tupper Lake and naturally formed a close relationship with nature from an early age. He started harvesting Chaga and selling it in local pop-up markets with his grandmother when he was 15 years old. While attending Clarkson University business school, Garrett began to turn his passion for wild Chaga into a career-driven business, which he named Birch Boys. Now 24, Garrett is a Certified Mushroom Identification Expert and NYS Licensed Guide. Today, Birch Boys leases 220,000 acres of private land in the Adirondacks for sustainable Chaga harvesting. The company has shipped handmade Chaga products (including teas, tinctures and skin care products) to more than 20,000 online customers in all 50 states.
Demonstrations & Workshops
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Growing oyster mushrooms at home: walk-in workshop with Andy LeBlanc
During this workshop, participants will learn how to prepare a simple technique for growing mushrooms at home. Through a hands-on activity, participants will create their own oyster bucket. Attendees will also learn about readily available resources to pursue growing mushrooms in buckets with friends and family. All materials will be provided*
Andy LeBlanc is a longtime resident of Indian Lake pursuing a career as a traditional carpenter and boat builder. Upon discovering the abundance and variety of mushrooms in the Adirondacks, he fell in love with all things mushroom. It is an active forager of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. When he is not foraging for food, he grows mushrooms at home in buckets, flowerbeds and logs. He continues to explore the many ways to store and use mushrooms and enjoys cooking with them all year round.
Colors of Nature: Mushroom Dye
Noel Dingman and Carol Pearsall will be dyeing fibers using natural mushroom dyes, as well as an exhibition of handmade fiber goods featuring an incredible variety of colors, all dyed with mushrooms.
Mushrooms on Minnow Pond Trail (several walks throughout the day)
Join mushroom lovers to discover what fabulous mushrooms grow in our woods. The forest trail to Minnow Pond is home to dozens of mushrooms that provide a rich introduction and exploration of the “broad web of wood”. The mushrooms that can grow are constantly changing, and leaders will share their knowledge of what’s “hot.”
Limited places available; registration required. Please register on the day of the event at the Marion River Carry Pavilion. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent and appropriate outdoor clothing. The walk is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of a storm or severe weather. The walks will last approximately 45 minutes. Walks depart from the Marion River Carry Pavilion at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
Whispering Mushroom Walk in the Woods (one walk, limited places available upon registration)
Join regional mycologist, Sue Van Hook, for a mindful walk through the woods to listen and connect with the fungi that have so much information to share with our species. Limited places available; registration required. Please register on the day of the event at the Marion River Carry Pavilion. The walk departs from the Marion River Carry Pavilion. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent and appropriate outdoor clothing. The walk is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of a storm or severe weather.
Filing and posting
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn about the wide variety of mushrooms, mushrooms, and lichens through informative exhibits featuring fresh mushrooms.
Identification of fungi
What’s growing in your woods, garden or lawn? Bring your mushroom samples to be identified by mushroom enthusiasts and experts. Please bring whole mushrooms (dig up the roots). To keep your mushroom in good condition, please keep it in a paper bag or wrapped in wax paper (no plastic wrap please). Bring your mushrooms to be part of the exhibits showing the wide variety of Adirondack mushrooms for all to see and learn.
There is a risk in picking wild mushrooms. Illness and even death can occur from ingesting wild mushrooms. The ADKX, its affiliates and its volunteers assume no responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of or reliance on the information provided, nor for any health problems, consequences or symptoms which may result from contact with or ingestion mushrooms, and other mushrooms. Anyone who picks mushrooms or any other potentially harmful mushrooms does so at their own risk.
Activities for children
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Have fun and get creative while learning more about mushrooms. Special activities for younger visitors include a mushroom-themed scavenger hunt, puzzles, art projects, and more.
Shop and eat
Browse mushroom art by regional artists and check out chagga products at stalls by local artists and growers and browse the ADKX store for mushroom-themed merchandise.
Artists and sellers: Birch Boys, Gary Chudzinski and Robert Hameline
Don’t miss Chef Calhoun’s mushroom specialties at the Lake View Café.
Top photo: photo from the Adirondack Experience Facebook page.