Preseason Primer: Mushroom Hunting for Beginners


  • Satellite 6265 Highway 9 Felton, CA, 95018 United States

Are you new to the world of wild mushrooms? Do you want to learn to pick wild edible mushrooms for the table, but aren't sure how to start? Do you know a few basics, but still don't feel comfortable eating what you've picked?

This workshop is for you. 

Over the course of the weekend, we'll spend one day in the classroom and one day in the field covering five basics of mushroom foraging:

  • Basics of mushroom biology and identification
  • How to identify 5 of the most readily-identified delicious local wild edible species
  • How to identify the 5 most common toxic species in our area
  • How to identify trees and read habitats to find specific mushrooms
  • How to use print, web, and social references and resources to keep learning!

At the end of the course, you'll come away with the skills you need to feel confident when picking wild mushrooms for the table. You'll also get a printed pamphlet/cheat sheet to keep in your pocket when foraging for wild mushrooms in coastal California!

Although we won't be relying heavily on field guides, we will make use of the newly-released Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast , co-authored by your instructor. If you already have a copy, please bring it, or pick one up during the first day of the workshop and get a 10% discount.

Our class day will be Saturday the 23rd from 12 - 4 PM at the Satellite in Felton, and our field day will be the following day (Sunday the 24th) from 12 to 4 PM at Marshall Field, in the UCSC Upper Campus off of Empire Grade Road near Twin Gates.