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Michael Karns

St. Paul, MN
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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

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All About Morel Mushrooms: Online Course

The siren song of the morel mushroom is about to commence, as these delectable beauties start popping up all over the forest floor…for those lucky enough to find them. Whether a first-time forager or a old hand, this webinar will expand your knowledge. From the early black morels to the…
Tue, Apr 27th, 2021  –  Tue, May 4th, 2021
7:00-8:30pm CT: Tuesday, April 27; Thursday, April 29; Tuesday, May 4
Instructor: Michael Karns
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Mushroom & Fungi Intro

Join us on the North Shore and Superior National Forest as summer wanes and the seasonal mushrooms fruit in all their majesty. In this course students will be introduced to the basics of mushroom foraging and immersed in the bewildering world of general fungal knowledge. Want to learn to identify…
Sat, Aug 14th, 2021
9am - 4pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
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Mushroom & Fungi: A Closer Look

If you've scratched the surface of mushroom identification, you probably have realized that it's a far more complex subject than simply naming toadstools-- these are some of the living organisms we know the least about, a whole ecosystem of mystery. For those students who would like a deeper understanding of…
Sun, Aug 15th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
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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 font of knowledge on many topics for…
Sat, May 22nd, 2021
7am - 3pm
Instructor: Michael Karns

Past Courses Offered by Michael Karns

Mushroom & Fungi Intro

Untamed Mushrooms: A Wild Walk in the Woods

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table