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Learn about common edible fungi and their host plants in this fun-gi class that covers a brief history of mycology in the area, mycophobia vs. mycophilia, mushroom identification, and their many roles in forest ecology. Dive into more niche aspects of mycology such as florescent (glow-in-the-dark) fungi, zombie ants, and other insects infected with fungi, lichens, slime molds.
This program takes place in-person (at Mt. Cuba Center) Saturday, November 5, 2022
About the Instructor:
Rowan Nygard grew up exploring the creeks and forests around the Eno River State Park in Durham, North Carolina. There he found a deep appreciation of nature, and a desire to know more about the natural world around him. This search has serendipitously led him to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he is studying horticulture at Longwood Gardens. Along the way he has immersed himself in the study of ecology, with a focus on mycology and the many ways that plants, animals, and fungi interact. He is a passionate citizen scientist and educator, and hopes to demystify the world of fungi so that everyone can see the natural world around them from the perspective of a mushroom.