Darkwoods Fungus Foray

Event Details

October 26th, 2019, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Darkwoods, British Columbia
Inventories and Monitoring

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is calling on citizen scientists of all ages to help conduct a mycological (mushroom) inventory on the Darkwoods Conservation Area in South Selkirk Mountains. This event will be lead by mushroom experts, who will show us best practices for mushroom collection and identification, and will help identify any mushrooms you find. Bring rain gear, a collection basket, and your curiosity.

We will meet up at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area and then drive into Darkwoods together.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Darkwoods

Encompassing  630 square kilometres, Darkwoods’ size IS its significance. Located in the rugged South Selkirk mountain range, Darkwoods secures vital habitat for large mammals such as grizzly bear, wolverine, moose, elk and deer. The property’s extensive network of rivers and lakes helps to protect water quality in the region, and supports a plethora of birds, fish, insects, amphibians and reptiles.

What you will be doing

You will be searching for mushrooms in the forests and wetlands of Darkwoods next to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. You will learn how to identify and properly collect and photograph mushrooms, while contributing to a mycological research project.

Why you will love it

The thrill of discovery and learning. You will learn about mushrooms in the Darkwoods and experience the thrill of finding new mushrooms. If we are lucky, and you are feeling adventurous, participants may get to taste a few edible mushrooms (fried in garlic and butter).

Questions?

Contact Adrian Leslie: adrian.leslie@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

We will be travelling on steep and uneven terrain. A moderate level of fitness and good footwear are required. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Layers of clothing
Tools
  • Basket or container for collecting mushrooms