Natural History Workshop; Mushrooms

  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
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  • $15.00 for PVAS Members
    $20.00 for general public

Registration is closed

What: Natural History Workshop; Mushrooms

Where: National Conservation Training Center    Room 156 Instructional West 

When: Saturday, August 15, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

Workshop Instructor: Walk Sturgeon

PVMN Host: Lynne Wiseman

PVMN RE-Cert Eligible

Join Walt Sturgeon for his fascinating class on mushrooms. 

This workshop will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 on Saturday afternoon, August 15 at the National Conservation Training Center, Room 156 IW.

This class is offered to our certified Master Naturalist as well as to the general public. 

Registration is required and will close on Tuesday, August 11. 

The program will include: Distinctive Edibles, Hallucinogenic Species, Toxic Fungi, Ecology, Folklore, Bioluminescent Fungi, Insect Mushroom Interactions, Oxidation Reactions, Field Guides, Odors and Tastes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring fresh mushrooms for identification.

Participants should gain an appreciation of the diversity of colors, forms, and habitats, both in the slide program and on a mushroom foray into the local forest.

During class, participants will be on the lookout for species not yet recorded for that county or even more exciting, the state! Those will be collected and added to the herbarium at Davis & Elkins College.

Walt Sturgeon is a field mycologist with over 30 years of experience studying and identifying mushrooms. His photos of mushroom and fungi, some award-winning, can be seen in numerous mushroom field guide publications, two of which he co-authored: Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America, 2012; Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwestern States, 2013; and his Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the West Virginia High Country. 

Walt has received the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology, and Northeast (North America) Mycological Federation (NEMF) Eximia Award, both for contributions to the advancement of amateur mycology. Additionally, he is the past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society and has associations with many other mycological organizations.

Please contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

*All fees are non-refundable

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