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Michael Karns

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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.”

Current Courses Offered by Michael Karns

1 Day
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Mushroom Identification

Late summer brings on a plethora of mushrooms, and the North Shore and Superior National Forest are great place 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…
Sat, Aug 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Michael Karns
1 Day
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Spring Birding on the North Shore

Spring offers excellent birding opportunities on the North Shore: with the arrival of warblers and other migrants, there is the potential to see an unusual number of species in a short amount of time. Join Michael Karns, avid outdoorsman and life-long birder (and fountain of knowledge on many topics) for…
Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Michael Karns
1.5 days
Teaser image for Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

Stepping into nature you’re surrounded by edible wild foods—if you know where to look. Old traditions of foraging have seen a passionate resurgence of interest among ​midwestern chefs and home cooks intrigued by the vitality of foods growing just footsteps—or a healthy hike—from their doors. But many hesitate over collecting…
Sat, Aug 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Past Courses Offered by Michael Karns

Untamed Mushrooms: A Wild Walk in the Woods