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Thu, Oct 03

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Ozark Natural Science Center

Mycology Weekend Workshop with Jay Justice, Kerri McCabe, and Mike Snyder

Join us for a weekend of immersion into collecting and identifying mushrooms and fungi, with gourmet mushroom-based meals provided by ONSC. Optional extended weekend from Thursday - Sunday!

Mycology Weekend Workshop with Jay Justice, Kerri McCabe, and Mike Snyder
Mycology Weekend Workshop with Jay Justice, Kerri McCabe, and Mike Snyder

Time & Location

Oct 03, 2024, 4:00 PM – Oct 06, 2024, 2:00 PM

Ozark Natural Science Center, 1905 Madison 1305, Huntsville, AR 72740, USA

About the Event

This is a unique opportunity to spend 4 days with mushroom experts Jay Justice and his colleagues. Through guided hikes and lessons, Jay will teach you techniques for identifying mushrooms. Meals are included, and there will be multiple "mycocentric" meals! Stay overnight in one of our lodges or campsites.

Workshop schedule

Thursday

  • 4-5PM - Arrive, check in at Ewing Event Center, settle into lodges
  • 4-5:30PM - Meet and mingle in Ewing Event Center
  • 5:30-6:30PM - Dinner in Ewing Event Center
  • 6:30-7:30PM - General overview on Mushrooms and How to collect and Document them, followed by and Q&A session - Kerri
  • 7:30PM - Optional camp fire at Lewis Pavilion

Friday

  • 8-9AM - Breakfast
  • 9-9:45AM - Presentation on some mushrooms/fungi that we should or could find this weekend - Jay
  • 10:00 – 10:15AM – Safety Talk - Kerri or ONSC representative
  • 10:15AM-12:15PM - Mushroom Forays  – Mike, Jay, Kerri
  • 12:15 - 12:30PM - Break
  • 12:30-1:30PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3:00PM – Sorting Mushrooms and setting up Spore Prints – Mike, Jay and Kerri
  • 3:00 – 5:00PM – Making Paper from Fungi* – Cara and Mike
  • 5:00 – 5:30PM – Break
  • 5:30 - 6:30PM – Dinner
  • 6:30 - 8:00PM – Using Mushrooms for Food and Medicine - Mike
  • 8:00 – 9:00PM – Mycology Microscopy: the Finer Details  - Kerri
  • 8:00 – 9:00PM-  Using Macroscopic  Features to ID Mushrooms/ Fungi - Jay
  • 9:00-10PM – Optional Demo using a UV light to examine the collected mushrooms

Saturday

  • 8-9AM - Breakfast
  • 9AM-12:00PM - Mushroom Forays  – Mike, Jay, Kerri
  • 12:00 - 12:30PM - Break
  • 12:30-1:30PM – Lunch
  • 1:30PM – 3:00PM - Sorting Mushrooms and setting up Spore Prints
  • 3:00PM – 5:30PM -  Cultivating mushrooms at home with optional hands-on portion** - Mike
  • 3:00 PM – 5:30PM - Using Field Guides and On-line Resources to ID Mushrooms/Fungi - Jay
  • 5:30-6:30 PM - Mycocentric Dinner
  • 6:30-7:00PM - Break
  • 7:00-8:30 PM – Presentation - Table Talk – Mike, Jay, and Kerri talk about the Mushrooms that are on display
  • 8:30 -10PM - Optional night hike and mushroom hunt with UV light

Sunday

  • 8-9AM - Breakfast
  • 9AM-11:30PM - Mushroom hunting hike
  • 11:30 -12:30PM - Mushroom identification of recently found mushrooms/fungi and final review of collected specimens - Mike, Jay and Kerri
  • 12:30-1:30PM - Lunch
  • 1:30-2PM - Wrap up and Departure

Ticket Options:

  • To attend the workshop, purchase a Full Workshop Ticket (below) - includes all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. 
  • To attend from Friday - Sunday, purchase a FRI-SUN Workshop Ticket (below) - includes all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. 
  • YOUTH Workshop Ticket includes all activities, presentations and field trips + meals for participants 12-17 years old.
  • To Add Lodging, choose a room in a lodge, glampsite, or campsite. When you purchase a room with multiple beds, you are welcome to add other workshop guests to your room at no extra cost.
  • Add-on: Oyster Mushroom Substrate - During the workshop, Mike Synder will provide a hands-on cultivation lesson by inoculating substrate with oyster mushroom spawn, which participants may take home with them.

* Mushroom Paper Making Class: Join Mike and Cara to learn how to make paper out of polypore mushrooms! There is a $5 materials fee if you would like to make your own paper to take home. There is no fee if you want to observe the class, only if you want to make your own.

** Mushroom Cultivation Class: Join Mike Snyder for a presentation about how to grow mushrooms at home. There will be an optional hands-on portion where participants will assemble a mushroom grow kit to take home that will produce gourmet Oyster mushrooms in about a month's time. There is a $10 materials fee if you would like to make your own kit to take home. 

About the Instructors:

Jay Justice became enthralled with mushrooms and fungi while pursuing a graduate degree many years ago. After completing his graduate degree, Jay joined the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) in 1980. In 1982, he was instrumental in forming the Arkansas Mycological Society and participated in his first NAMA foray in 1985. He has been a prominent member of NAMA, and a well-known mycologist in the decades since. In 2011, Justice was the recipient of the Gary Lincoff Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology, an award that is given each year by NAMA to recognize service performed by selected amateur or professional mycologists. He has co-authored several research papers in mycological journals. Jay continues to serve as a lecturer and mushroom foray leader for mycological societies and mushroom clubs, particularly in the Southeast. He has recently co-authored the book Amanitas in North America, which was published in June of 2020.

Kerri McCabe was born and raised in the River Valley of Arkansas where she was enthralled with nature at an early age. She attended the University of Central Arkansas with early plans to be a marine biologist, but discovered a love for plants along the way and graduated with a BS in Biology – Plant Sciences.  For her graduate work at UCA, she returned to zoology, conducting her thesis work with pit vipers and ectothermic ecophysiology. She’s taught introductory biology courses at UCA, and assisted research in aquatic ecology of endemic species in the Ozark Highlands for UA – Fayetteville. She sees her recent passion for mycology as  a marriage of too old loves in botany and zoology as fungi connect the other two kingdoms with their intertwining mycelium.  She’s mentored by Jay Justice, President of the Arkansas Mycological Society and is a member of fifteen different mycological clubs, societies, or associations, including the Gulf States Mycological Association.  She’s learned that being a mycophile is a lifestyle, and will talk mushrooms all day! She currently works for the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality protecting Arkansas’ water resources.

Mike Snyder is a mushroom educator from the Ozarks and has been busy doing talks, walks and workshops about mushrooms in the region for the past few years. He has been foraging and studying fungi for 13 years and has been cultivating mushrooms for about 3 years, focusing on outdoor growing methods. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Mycological Society and is one of their official mushroom identification experts, having earned the Harry Thiers Certificate of Mushroom Proficiency. He is a proud member of the North American Mycological Association Cultivation Committee as well. Mike and his wife Cara have a small business, WildWise Botanicals. They wild-harvest and cultivate mushrooms and herbs and create micro-batches of various products from them. The focus of their business has shifted to education in the past few years, and Mike has been fortunate enough to teach a great deal of people about fungi in that time. He is a passionate mushroom enthusiast who loves nothing more than introducing people to the wild mushrooms of our region and showing them how to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms at home.

Tickets

  • Workshop Ticket

    Full Workshop ticket includes all activities, presentations and field trips + meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. FRI-SUN Workshop ticket includes all activities, presentations and field trips + meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. YOUTH Workshop ticket includes all activities, presentations and field trips + meals for participants 12-17 years old.

    From $75.00 to $150.00
    • $150.00
    • $100.00
    • $75.00
    • Add-ons

      During the workshop, Mike Synder will provide a cultivation lesson by inoculating substrate with oyster mushroom spawn, which participants may take home with them, as well as a paper-making demonstration. Purchase your supplies here.

      From $5.00 to $10.00
      • $10.00
      • $5.00
      • 1 room in a lodge - 1 twin bed

        1 room in a lodge (1 twin bed, 1 private bathroom). Choose how many nights you would like to stay. Each room has an attached private bathroom with shower. There is a shared entryway and living room for all of the rooms. View photos of our lodges at https://www.onsc.us/facilities

        From $90.00 to $135.00
        Sold Out
        • $135.00
        • $90.00
        • 1 room in a lodge - 2 bunkbeds

          1 room in a lodge (2 twin bunkbeds, 1 private bathroom). Choose how many nights you would like to stay. Each room has an attached private bathroom with shower. There is a shared entryway and living room for all of the rooms. View photos of our lodges at https://www.onsc.us/facilities. This price is for THE ENTIRE ROOM. Feel free to invite others to share this room with you at no extra cost. During check-out, please let us know the names of everyone staying in this room.

          From $120.00 to $180.00
          • $180.00
          • $120.00
          • 1 room in a Lodge - 3 bunkbeds

            1 room in a lodge (3 twin bunkbeds, 1 private bathroom). Choose how many nights you would like to stay. Each room has an attached private bathroom with shower. There is a shared entryway and living room for all of the rooms. View photos of our lodges at https://www.onsc.us/facilities. This price is for THE ENTIRE ROOM. Feel free to invite others to share this room with you at no extra cost. During check-out, please let us know the names of everyone staying in this room.

            From $130.00 to $195.00
            • $195.00
            • $130.00
            • Glampsite

              Includes the glampsite ("glamour camping") for 2 nights at ONSC's campground - large canvas tent, queen bed with screen, personal outhouse, cooking station, solar lights, sunshower. This site sleeps up to 2 people. No running water, but water and restrooms are available on the main ONSC campus. During check-out, please let us know the names of everyone staying at this site.

              From $80.00 to $120.00
              Sold Out
              • $120.00
              • $80.00
              • Campsite

                Includes camp site at ONSC's platform tent sites. Each site can sleep up to 3 tents. Outhouse available, but no running water (water and restrooms are available on ONSC's main campus). During check-out, please let us know the names of everyone staying at this site.

                From $30.00 to $45.00
                • $45.00
                • $30.00

                Total

                $0.00

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