Mushroom Festival: June 7th-8th

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The 2013 Giant City Early Summer Wild Mushroom Foray!


Friday-Saturday<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
June 7-8, 2013

The 2013 Giant City Early Summer Wild Mushroom Foray will be hosted at Southern Illinois University’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center adjacent to Giant City State Park in Makanda, Illinois.
This free event is open to beginners and anyone out there who wants to enjoy a day in the woods exploring for summer mushrooms. Early registration is encouraged. There’ll be programs for all ages with hands-on opportunities to forage from experts while learning how to identify mushrooms properly with professional mycologists.
A Saturday evening mushroom dinner, including black trumpet, oyster, and morel mushrooms and truffles is scheduled for nearby Creekside Grill at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda.  Make your reservations today!
The foray will include programs such as a cultivation workshop and a discussion of the contributions amateur mushroom hunters can make to benefit science–including documenting new species and discovering new medicines in fungi.
The foray is scheduled to coincide with the time of year when some summer fungi often appear: Chanterelles; Deadly Amanitas (a great opportunity to see the dark side of foraging); Candy Cap and Black Trumpets. Although there are no guarantees on what you will see, (rain, temperature and the whims of nature influence when specific mushrooms appear), it’s sure to be a fun and educational adventure.
There will be a casual, informal campfire welcome on Friday night June 7 at Touch of Nature’s Lions Pavilion.
The foray and programs are free and open to the public.  Camping and lodging are available.
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