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Denver Botanic Gardens - Cultivation Workshop with Michael B Heim
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Cultivation Workshop with Michael B Heim

This lecture and hands-on demonstration provides an understanding of the basic functional knowledge of a mushroom and its life cycle in the environment. Learn how fungi interact in the forest ecosystem, the categories of mushrooms and the range of suitable species for home cultivation. Each participant will receive a mushroom starter kit.

 

Price: $90, $85 member

Instructor: Michael Heim

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Michael has led forays for Denver Botanic Gardens, the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies and the Boulder Living Arts School. In 2014 chefs from all over the U.S. joined Michael on a wild mushroom foray sponsored by the Chef's Collaborative Summit. That same year he presented at the annual Bioneers Conference, held at Colorado University, exploring the exciting topic of myco-remediation. He produced and facilitated a two-day medicinal mushroom workshop with revered herbalist Robert Rogers, author of  The Fungal Pharmacy.  In 2015 Michael studied lab technique and mushroom cultivation under Dr. Daniel Tura of Aloha Medicinals. He has taught mushroom cultivation classes for Boulder High Country Mushrooms, Cow Town Grangers, Botanica: A Festival of Plants and The Growhaus in Denver.

 

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Denver Botanic Gardens - Wild Mushroom Foraging Basics
Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Wild Mushroom Foraging Basics

Wild Mushroom Basics

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Head towards a secret location for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms.

Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks, lunch, and an awareness that it may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange to carpool and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

- The class will be emailed should the weather be an issue or cause for cancellation. All students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.

> Take a break this spring and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series. Register [here][1].

[1]: http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?sch=114119

Location: The hike location and meeting spot will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week before class.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

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Colorado Mycological Society Public Foray
Jun
23
9:30 AM09:30

Colorado Mycological Society Public Foray

  • State Highway 26 Golden, CO, 80401 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This foray is open to all CMS members and limited number of guests (non-members are welcome so long as they follow direction given by foray leader!). CMS members attend for free; guests will be required to pay a daily fee of $10. All attendees are expected to adhere to CMS rules as well as foray leader direction. No ticket required but please show up early so you would not miss the train, and enjoy mushroom hunting!

This event is outdoor and into the mountains, so please bring along warm clothing. Foray lead person can refuse to take any member or non member as he sees appropriate. This event is sponsered by the Colorado Mycological Society and will NOT FOCUS ON EDIBILITY. It is more geared towards the science of collection.

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Botanica Festival - Growing Mushrooms Workshop
Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Botanica Festival - Growing Mushrooms Workshop

Easy Home Cultivation

  • Dive into the fascinating world of mycology and home mushroom cultivation. Participants will peer through the lens of how fungi interact in the forest ecosystem and by extension, which mushrooms may be suitable for cultivation.
  • Each participant will receive their own growing kit. Cost includes all materials.
  • Must register through www.botanicafestival.com
  • Cancellation Policy:  Full refund if cancelled 2 weeks prior to workshop date. Cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop are NOT REFUNDABLE, but may be transferable.

*Remember this is a PG program. We don't do psychedelic mushrooms *

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Denver Botanic Gardens - Wild Mushroom Foraging Basics
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Wild Mushroom Foraging Basics

Wild Mushroom Basics

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Head towards a secret location for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms.

Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks, lunch, and an awareness that it may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange to carpool and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

- The class will be emailed should the weather be an issue or cause for cancellation. All students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.

> Take a break this spring and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series. Register [here][1].

[1]: http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?sch=114119

Location: The hike location and meeting spot will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week before class.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

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Denver Botanic Gardens - Wild Mushroom Foraging Basics
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Wild Mushroom Foraging Basics

Wild Mushroom Basics

====================

Head towards a secret location for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms.

Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks, lunch, and an awareness that it may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange to carpool and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

- The class will be emailed should the weather be an issue or cause for cancellation. All students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.

> Take a break this spring and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series. Register [here][1].

[1]: http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?sch=114119

Location: The hike location and meeting spot will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week before class.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

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Denver Botanic Gardens - Cultivation Workshop with Michael B Heim
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Cultivation Workshop with Michael B Heim

This lecture and hands-on demonstration provides an understanding of the basic functional knowledge of a mushroom and its life cycle in the environment. Learn how fungi interact in the forest ecosystem, the categories of mushrooms and the range of suitable species for home cultivation. Each participant will receive a mushroom starter kit.

 

Price: $90, $85 member

Instructor: Michael Heim

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Michael has led forays for Denver Botanic Gardens, the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies and the Boulder Living Arts School. In 2014 chefs from all over the U.S. joined Michael on a wild mushroom foray sponsored by the Chef's Collaborative Summit. That same year he presented at the annual Bioneers Conference, held at Colorado University, exploring the exciting topic of myco-remediation. He produced and facilitated a two-day medicinal mushroom workshop with revered herbalist Robert Rogers, author of  The Fungal Pharmacy.  In 2015 Michael studied lab technique and mushroom cultivation under Dr. Daniel Tura of Aloha Medicinals. He has taught mushroom cultivation classes for Boulder High Country Mushrooms, Cow Town Grangers, Botanica: A Festival of Plants and The Growhaus in Denver.

 

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Mushrooms + Toast
Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Mushrooms + Toast

Play hooky with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim from Ensō Farm and Forage and Mara Rose of Hatch Lab. We’ll meet in Nederland, Colorado at 10:00 AM and carpool to a secret location in the foothills for a mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. When we’re finished, we hope to cook up some of the bounty and enjoy mushrooms and toast on picnic blankets in the forest. Boom!!!

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Denver Botanic Gardens - Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens
Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens

Wild Mushroom Basics - Take a mid-week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series. Register through the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Head into the Rockies for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms.

Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks, lunch, and an awareness that it may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

  • Capacity is strictly limited.
  • We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange to carpool and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.
  • The class will be emailed should the weather be an issue or cause for cancellation. All students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.Location: The hike location and meeting spot will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week before class.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

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Botanica Festival - Growing Mushrooms Workshop
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Botanica Festival - Growing Mushrooms Workshop

Easy Home Cultivation

  • Dive into the fascinating world of mycology and home mushroom cultivation. Participants will peer through the lens of how fungi interact in the forest ecosystem and by extension, which mushrooms may be suitable for cultivation.
  • Each participant will receive their own growing kit. Cost includes all materials.
  • Must register through www.botanicafestival.com
  • Cancellation Policy:  Full refund if cancelled 2 weeks prior to workshop date. Cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop are NOT REFUNDABLE, but may be transferable.

*Remember this is a PG program. We don't do psychedelic mushrooms *

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Denver Botanic Gardens - Wednesday Hiking Series
May
16
9:00 AM09:00

Denver Botanic Gardens - Wednesday Hiking Series

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens

Wild Mushroom Basics - Take a mid-week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series. Register through the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Head towards a secret location for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms.

Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks, lunch, and an awareness that it may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for any weather in the high country.

  • Capacity is strictly limited.
  • We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange to carpool and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.
  • The class will be emailed should the weather be an issue or cause for cancellation. All students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.Location: The hike location and meeting spot will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week before class.

Class length does NOT necessarily include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location

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Aug
28
10:30 PM22:30

Living Arts School - Mushroom ID Foray

Join us for a look at the fascinating world of mushroom identification in this “walk in the woods” style workshop. This is your chance to gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification, as we will locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. We will discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party.

Please click the link for more information and to register!

~Michael

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Aug
10
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Wild Mushroom Basics

Head into the Rockies for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms – and hopefully some fungi for tasting! 

Click this link for more information and to register. 

~Michael

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Aug
3
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Wild Mushroom Basics

Head into the Rockies for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms – and hopefully some fungi for tasting!

Click this link for more information and to register. 

~Michael

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Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

Walking Mountain Science Center

We often pass over the smaller features of our dynamic environment. Hiding just underfoot nearly everywhere we go is a complex and fascinating organism that has thrived on this planet for millions of years. Long before trees shaded our slopes, fungi has occupied and enhanced Earth’s changing landscapes. Not only do these ancient fungi form symbiotic relationships with countless plant species, many of them provide nutrition for humans and wildlife alike.  We will discuss some of these relationships in some detail while we hike! 

Although a young science, the body of knowledge related to mycology continues to grow rapidly. This means you and I (the citizen scientists) are critical to the development and study of mycology. We are going to take a hike and scratch the surface of what hides beneath it all. 

In sum, this is meant to be a casual introduction to the wonderful and interesting study of mycology. We’re taking an informative hike together. There are so many mushrooms even in just our tiny neck of the woods and I can tell you right off the bat, I don’t know 99% of them. There are some that I do know well. While with others we can learn the steps of getting to know them. It takes an open, patient, and inquisitive mind. Let’s do this! 

Check this link for more information. 

~ Michael                                  

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Jul
27
8:00 AM08:00

Walking Mountain Science Center | Avon, CO

We often pass over the smaller features of our dynamic environment. Hiding just underfoot nearly everywhere we go is a complex and fascinating organism that has thrived on this planet for millions of years. Long before trees shaded our slopes, fungi has occupied and enhanced Earth’s changing landscapes. Not only do these ancient fungi form symbiotic relationships with countless plant species, many of them provide nutrition for humans and wildlife alike.  We will discuss some of these relationships in some detail while we hike! 

Although a young science, the body of knowledge related to mycology continues to grow rapidly. This means you and I (the citizen scientists) are critical to the development and study of mycology. We are going to take a hike and scratch the surface of what hides beneath it all. 

In sum, this is meant to be a casual introduction to the wonderful and interesting study of mycology. We’re taking an informative hike together. There are so many mushrooms even in just our tiny neck of the woods and I can tell you right off the bat, I don’t know 99% of them. There are some that I do know well. While with others we can learn the steps of getting to know them. It takes an open, patient, and inquisitive mind. Let’s do this! 

Check this link for more information. 

~ Michael                                  

 

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