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Fantastic Fungi: A Mushroom 101 Workshop

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Have you seen mushrooms in the woods and wondered what they are – and what they might be doing? Come discover the incredible world of fungi with expert Tom Bigelow! This workshop will include a presentation to cover the basics: what are fungi, what roles do fungi play in the environment, and how can we identify them?

There will be opportunities to explore the tools and terminology used in mushroom identification, including a look under a microscope at samples! This talk is geared towards teens and adults, but the workshop is also very suitable for kids ages 10 years and up!


Tom Bigelow has been a member of the New York Mycological Society (NYMS) since 2008, and served as the club’s president from 2016 to 2021. Tom was deeply influenced by Gary Lincoff, who instilled in him the necessity for a comprehensive fungal survey of the five boroughs of New York City, the pursuit of which brings the NYMS out to city parks every weekend, all year round. Tom’s interest in the Fungal kingdom spans from field identification, to taxonomy, to photography, to gastronomy and is forever growing.

Space is limited, so please RSVP if you are interested in attending so we can send you an email reminder. Entry will be permitted on a first come, first serve basis.


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