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Michael Karns

St. Paul, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Michael Karns

Michael Karns began foraging as a teenager after he and his family moved to forty wooded acres in north-central Arkansas. Since those humble beginnings collecting puffballs and wood ear, his passion for great food and a slightly obsessive compulsion for learning led him to a deep dive into mycology—with a full appreciation of the amazing edible treasures hiding in the forest. Michael is a certified mycological identification expert, a scientist with the Minnesota Mycoflora Project, and co-author of Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table.

Past Courses Offered by Michael Karns

Mushroom Identification

Spring Birding on the North Shore

Untamed Mushrooms: A Wild Walk in the Woods

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table