Over 1,500 species of fungi exist in our area and fall is the time to study their fruiting bodies (mushrooms) at their maximum diversity. Mushrooms exhibit a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors, but are only a small part of the full story of how essential fungi are to the health of ecosystems, especially forests. We will learn to recognize and identify them, but please this is NOT a course on edible fungi. This course includes outdoor explorations on level and moderately-sloped gravel trails and lawn.
Joe Choiniere is a lifelong naturalist with a B.S. in Natural History from UMass/Amherst. He worked for Mass Audubon since 1975 at various sites and in different capacities. He has taught hundreds of natural history classes and workshops in all aspects of nature study, especially plants and fungi. He has been an instructor for Fitchburg State University ALFA series (similar to WISE), teaching workshops on nature study.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609