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Wild Mushroom Immersion

Vermont Series: July 25th - November 14th 2020

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 will lead 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. 

Wild Mushroom Immersion 


- 5 Class Meetings (1 classroom presentation & Foray,

3 Forays/Mushroom Walks/ID Sessions, 1 Myco-Medicinals  (Mushroom Medicine) Class

- Wild-Crafted Mushroom Medicines for personal and home use

Wild Mushroom Immersion Workbook

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

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

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

Wild Mushroom Immersion 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 Fungal Ecology, Toxicity & Poisonings, Edible Species, , Medicinal Species (myco-medicinals), Myco-medicinal preparation and preservation,  utilitarian uses of fungi, as well as collection protocol and harvesting ethics. 

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

The series of 5 classes begins with the presentation, 'Mushrooms of New England' at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, VT.  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 Outdoor Guide with well over 20 years of backpacking experience and over 15 years of direct experience with Earth-Based Living Skills and practical applications.  Dave studied Environmental Biology (focus in Mycology) and has learned from 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 Vermont.


Mushrooms of New England Presentation & Foray

Saturday July 25th, 2020


North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT

1st Foray (Mushroom Walk)

August 22nd, 2020


2nd Foray (Mushroom Walk)

September 19th, 2020


3rd Foray (Mushroom Walk)

October 10th, 2020


Myco-Medicinals Class

November 14th, 2020



Wild Mushroom Immersion:
5 Months of Instruction including out-of-class Learning Initiatives/2020 Wild Mushroom Immersion Workbook. 
This immersion 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. 
Deposit Only 

This deposit secures your place in the Wild mushroom Immersion.

Wild Mushroom Immersion:
5 Months of Instruction (5 Classes) including out-of-class Learning Initiatives/Wild Mushroom Immersion Workbook.
Sliding Scale Tuition:  $600-650

CoronaVirus Considerations: In-person classes and gatherings are contingent upon low-level state wide infection rates and guidelines as communicated by the Vermont State Health Department.  As with all of our classes, this immersion will intentionally be kept small (10 Participants).  Should infection rates prevent us from meeting in person, indoor course content (presentations) will shift to an online platform for those wishing to continue their study.  If at any time you become sick, must self-isolate, or are uncomfortable with meeting in person we will refund the remaining balance of your tuition.