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Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship

September 8th - November 9th 2018

The Kingdom Fungi is vast and curious.  Entering this world can both be an exciting and daunting endeavor. However, developing the skills to successfully identify mushrooms leads to a lifetime of enjoyment.


Whether you're interested in adding foraged mushrooms to the dinner table, harnessing the incredible power of mushrooms as medicine, or have a keen interest in fungal ecology, this series will provide you with the tools and skill to move forward. 

Participants Receive

- 4 Class Meetings (1 classroom presentation, 2 Forays/Mushroom Walks, 1 Myco-Medicinals  (Mushroom Medicine) Class

-Wild-Crafted Mushroom Medicines for personal and home use

Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship Workbook

-'What's Up?!'  Updates of species that are fruiting so you know what to keep an eye out for. 

-'Myco-Insights' newsletter full of interesting and useful insights into the world of mycology.

-'In the Dirt'- Worksheets, resources, and excercises to keep you practicing your skills of identification and understanding between class meetings. 


Registrants recieve

'Mushrooms of Northeast North America' 


George Barron

Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the fundamental skills necessary to confidently identify the many mushrooms encountered in our forests and beyond.  This series will include Edible species, Toxicity & Poisonings, Medicinal species (myco-medicinals), Fungal EcologyMyco-medicinal preparation and preservation,  utilitarian uses of fungi, as well as collection protocol and gathering ethics. 

Along with class meetings (field/foray time) participants will receive a monthly Myco-Package of updated mushroom sightings, informative myco-insights, and course material to keep you on track and honing your skills of identification. 

Classes will meet monthly from July through October.  The series kicks off with a 'classroom' style presentation, 'Mushrooms of the Northeast' at the Pine Hollow rboretum.  The Forays (Mushroom Walks) will give us the opportunity to explore some local natural areas and practice our field identification skills together.

Our final class together, Myco-Medicinals (Mushroom Medicine), will provide you with hands-on knowledge of how to prepare and store medicinal mushrooms for personal use along with the incredible medicinal attributes of some of our local mushrooms. 

Your Instructor

Dave Muska is a Naturalist, Wilderness Skills Instructor, and NYS Guide with well over 20 years of backpacking experience and over 10 years of experience with Earth-Based Skills and practical applications.  Dave holds a BS in Environmental Biology (focus in Mycology) and has studied with many talented individuals and professionals in the fields of his expertise. Following his curiosity and passions, Dave continues to learn, believing that a true educator must always be a student. 

Class Meetings

Foray (Mushroom Walk) Locations

In order to provide you with the most abundant mushrooming experience, Foray locations will be determined 1-2 weeks in advance of the class meeting date.  Our Field/Foray locations will occur in the many natural areas surrounding Capital Region of NYS.


Mushrooms of the Northeast Presentation

July 8th, 2018


Pine Hollow Arboretum- Slingerlands, NY

1st Foray (Mushroom Walk)

August 19th, 2018


2nd Foray (Mushroom Walk)

September 9th, 2018


Myco-Medicinals Class

October 14th, 2018


Locations-Specific meeting locations of 'Mushrooms of the Northeast' presentation and Myco-Medcinals will be shared upon registration. 

Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship:
4 Months of Instruction including out-of-class Learning Initiatives/Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship Workbook.
Tuition:  $600.00
Deposit Only 

This deposit holds your position in the class and is non-refundable.  

Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship:
4 Months of Instruction including out-of-class Learning Initiatives/2018 Capital Mushroom Apprenticeship Workbook. 
This apprenticeship is a devotion to the study and understanding of fungi, mushroom identification, and all that it entails.  In order to best serve you and your learning experience,  we ask that you complete the following application and schedule a phone consultation to discuss the intention of the course, your goals,  & answer any questions you may.