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Mushroom Identification

Course Overview

Late summer brings on a plethora of mushrooms, and the North Shore and Superior National Forest are great places to see myriad species. From the fairytale Amanita to the mysterious Lobster mushroom to the unusual Ramaria species, there’s no shortage of beauties to find and identify. Michael Karns, a certified mycological identification expert, will take students into the field to identify whatever there is to be seen that day. Students will learn about mycological identification and the basics of mushroom habitats. This course is focused on expanding your understanding of fungal identification in general with the benefit of collecting some edible species as well. For a focus on edible mushrooms, and how to prepare them, see Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table.

“Hunting mushrooms is addictive. It’s like any other pursuit that taps into the natural pattern of seeking, a primal part of our brains. It’s a very cathartic, almost Zen practice as long as one doesn’t get too attached to the idea of success. Mother Nature determines when the mushrooms will show themselves. The best piece of advice I can give for finding mushrooms is to just get into the woods as often as possible. Even if you’re not successful one can never consider a day in the woods a waste.”

—Michael Karns

North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. Students will be asked to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols.


Sat, Aug 22nd, 2020

Course Details

Length: 1 Day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-4pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $95.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Participants should wear clothing & footwear appropriate for a variety of field conditions, and bring a backpack with water, snacks and a lunch. Other personal items like sunscreen, bug spray and rain jacket may be advisable.

  • Lots of layers, including a raincoat and footwear. We will plan to have open windows and lots of outdoor activity when possible.
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, again for extra outdoor time   
  • Please be sure to bring a mask(s) that fits you well and can be worn for an extended period of time.

Optional Tools

  • Basket for collecting
  • small knife

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.