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Mushrooms of the West Coast 2024

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - October 13 @ 1:00 pm PDT

- $330.00

This weekend field course will introduce participants to the wonderful world of West Coast Mushrooms. Topics to be covered include introduction to fungi (what are they, and what is their role in our forests?), essentials of collecting and identifying fungi in the field, edible, medicinal and poisonous fungi, cooking with wild mushrooms, and more!

Thank you to Dr. Andy MacKinnon & Dr. Kem Luther for joining us on the West Coast to share their knowledge & passion!

Course Registration is $330. per person.

Friday (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

  • Presentation – overview of wild mushrooms, different fungus groups, role of fungi in ecosystems, and mushroom identification.

Saturday (8:30 am – 5:30 pm, and 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

  • Field collection of wild mushrooms at field site.
  • Sorting of mushroom collections, spore prints, microscope ID session.
  • Mushroom cooking demonstration and tasting.
  • Evening presentation on foraging and identifying edible mushrooms.

Sunday (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)

  • Field collection and identification of wild (edible) mushrooms.
  • Group lunch and course wrap-up.

About the instructors:


Dr. Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin BC. His fields of study include BC’s native plants, fungi and lichens. Andy is co-author of Mushrooms of British Columbia , and of six field guides to plants of western North America. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, and past President of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society.



Dr. Kem Luther has lived in Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia and Ontario. He is a Canadian citizen and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia. Kem has been on the faculty of several universities. He began writing for non-academic readers in the early 1990s. Among other books he is co-author with Andy of Mushrooms of British Columbia.






2023 Mushroom Course Photos!





October 11 @ 7:00 pm PDT
October 13 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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Ucluelet Community Centre
500 Matterson Drive
Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0 Canada
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Mushrooms 2024
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