Ever wonder if the mushrooms in your front yard are edible? You can start learning about wild mushrooms when you join Gary Lincoff, author of "Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms," Bill Roody, a Randolph County resident and author of "Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians," and the West Virginia Mushroom Club at Blackwater Falls State Park.
Blackwater is just north of Canaan Valley, off Route 32. Registration begins at 9 a.m. July 23 in the conference room at the Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge. The day starts with guided walks on gentle trails in the morning, followed by a picnic lunch. Pot luck dishes are welcome. That afternoon, you can learn about the mushrooms collected, including the edible and poisonous species commonly found in the Appalachian mountains.
People interested in mushrooms, nature or simply enjoying a day outdoors are encouraged to attend. Plans are in place for fun filled and educational day, rain or shine. There is a fee for the event.
Meet at the Blackwater Falls Lodge at 9 a.m. July 24 and then car pool to the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area to collect wild berries and learn about whatever native mushrooms, flowers and vegetation are found along the way. There is a fee for the event and for an extra fee a sack lunch will be provided.
For more information or to register, call 304-636-7074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the West Virginia Mushroom Club, visit www.wvmushroomclub.org.