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Wild Mushrooms 101

Learn the basics of mushroom identification in time for spring foraging. Learn what is edible, what should be avoided, and look-alikes that could be confusing.

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Next Session April 19, 2022 – April 26, 2022
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Wild mushrooms are plentiful throughout the Midwest and foraging provides the opportunity for exploration, adventure and exercise. Join us for this great opportunity to learn the basics of mushroom identification from a noted expert of wild mushroom cultivation and foraging!  

This live online session covers the “three rules-plus one” and the safe six: Morels, Shaggy Manes, Hens of the Woods, Chicken Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms, and Giant Puffballs. Topics include tree identification, ethics, safety, storage and preparation. Poisonous mushrooms will also be discussed.  

Who should attend

Anyone interested in learning about finding and harvesting edible wild mushrooms


  • man holding two baskets of wild mushrooms

    Tavis Lynch is a 30+ year veteran of wild mushroom foraging in northern Wisconsin, a skill he initially learned from his father. A certified expert by the MN Dept. of Agriculture, Lynch has been harvesting over 100 varieties of wild fungus and bringing hundreds of pounds safely to the public.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages children and adults with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

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This class will meet online April 19 and 26 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


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Fee includes online instruction, digital course materials


Register for both Wild Mushroom 101 and Spring Edibles and save $10!