Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 30, 2020

Point Reyes Fungus Fair 2/2/ 2020

The Fifteenth Annual Point Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair
Sunday, February 2, 2020 
10 am to 4 pm
Fungi Collecting on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Ever wonder about all those mushrooms you’ve seen in the grasslands and forests at Point Reyes National Seashore? The Fungus Fair is a perfect opportunity to see them up close and learn more about them.

Since 2005, fungi have been gathered by volunteers who collect, identify, and catalog mushrooms for an ongoing study at the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Fungus Fair

During the Fifteenth Annual Fungus Fair on Sunday, February 2, 2019, wild mushrooms collected at the park will be on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Visitors are invited to attend free lectures presented by area mycologists and to view hands-on informational displays about mushroom ecology, Death Cap Amanitas, edible and toxic species, and view fungi under a microscope. Local mycologists will be on hand to talk about fungi and their role in the environment.

Presentations

For 2020, the following talks are scheduled:

  • 11 am “What are Mushrooms Doing in My Forest” by David Rust
  • 12:30 pm “Amanitarita’s Freaky and Fabulous Fungi” by Debbie Viess
  • 2 pm “Toxic death caps and glow-in-the dark Mycena” by Catherine Adams

Fungi Collecting Foray

Park visitors and the mushroom curious are invited to gather at 10 am on Saturday, February 1, 2020, (rain or shine) at the Bear Valley Visitor Center for instructions on how to collect fungi for Sunday’s Fungus Fair. If possible, bring a container to carry mushrooms, small knife, water, whistle, and small paper bags or wax paper.

All ages and skill levels welcome. This is a collecting event for the fair, not a guided foray. Be prepared to learn, and be prepared to participate! Bring collected mushrooms to the Red Barn Classroom at 1 pm for sorting and identification.

Directions

For directions and a map to help you get to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, visit our Directions page.

Parking

To help reduce traffic congestion in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel, trailhead/picnic area parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead. Parking is free. Download the Bear Valley Area Map (427 KB PDF), which shows the location of the trailhead parking lot relative to the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

More information…

Go to the Bay Area Mycological Society’s (BAMS) web site or contact the Bay Area Mycological Society, David Rust, or Ben Becker for more details about the Point Reyes Fungus Fair. For more information about mushrooms at the Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our Mushrooms and other Fungipage.

Guidelines for Mushroom Collecting

There are specific legal guidelines for mushroom collecting. Please visit the Collecting section on the Park Regulations page.

Please note: employee housing as well as park administrative, maintenance, operations, and storage facilities, including, but not limited, to access roads, outbuildings, grounds, and docks, are closed to public use.

Mushroom Poisonings

No mushroom should be eaten unless it can first be positively identified as edible. Learning to identify mushrooms in their many guises takes time, and reliable resources. The best way to learn about mushrooms is through local field guides and mushroom societies. Visit the Bay Area Mycological Society’s Mushroom Poisonings page for more information on identifying the three most deadly mushrooms in California.


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