We are pleased to announce that this workshop will be led by one of our guest instructors , Daniel Rhiner.
This workshop will not only introduce you to mushroom foraging, but will allow you to view your surroundings through a mycological lens. Fungi are often overlooked ecosystem engineers. They play important roles in nature that maintain healthy ecosystems. This workshop will expose attendees to a holistic approach to mushroom foraging. The workshop will teach you about the important relationships and connections that mushrooms maintain with every aspect of a forest, and how these interactions structure the forest community. Understanding these fungal roles can be integrated with human life.
Daniel will address the following during our time together:
The do’s and dont’s of mushroom foraging.
Basic mushroom foraging etiquette
Mushroom identification techniques to ensure a safe harvest.
Understanding the fungal roles in an ecosystem
Using indicator species and reading the landscape to find choice mushrooms.
Building confidence to forage mushrooms.
Using this rewarding pastime to stimulate your senses and curiosity.
Celebrating the fungal diversity of our local woodlands.
Daniel is a Georgia native and has spent much of his life exploring the unique woodland habitats found throughout the state. He has an extensive background in environmental, ecological, and biological science along with several years of experience teaching middle and high school science with a mycological twist. He has spent many years foraging mushrooms for food and medicine, triggered by a simple need to learn and understand the uniqueness of fungi. For Daniel, foraging mushrooms is far more than a walk in the woods. It is a journey to get in touch with one's roots while simultaneously experiencing the forest as a living entity that is fueled by fungal forces. He is also wild mushroom safety certified through Mushroom Mountain, LLC which is approved by the Georgia Department of Public Health. He is also an active member of the Mushroom Club of Georgia and The North American Mycological Association. He is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University as a graduate research assistant and is studying sustainable mushroom cultivation. In his free time, he enjoys being in the woods, cooking, fishing, and traveling.
This workshop runs from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.
Please bring your own sack lunch and plenty of drinking water, ready for the trail.
You'll need good outdoor clothes and rain gear if it’s raining, as well as a backpack to carry anything extra you feel that that you will need.
This workshop will be 100% outside, rain or shine. Please come prepared to be outside the entire time.
** We will send out a welcome letter complete with a gear list, directions, and full details after receiving your registration. **