How Fungi Make The Forest

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How Fungi Make The Forest

Join Willoughby Arevalo for a walk around Terra Nova Park to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms!

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2771 Westminster Hwy 2771 Westminster Highway Richmond, BC V7C 5N6 Canada

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Tracing mycelial webs through the forest, we will encounter and observe fungi with multiple senses to try to understand their worlds, lifeways, relationships and behaviour. The conversation will include basic principles of mushroom identification based on features visible with the naked eye, helping you be able to recognize mushroom form groups and work towards learning important genera and species. Learn where and how to collect specimens for ID and an honourable harvest. Connect with resources for further learning. Special attention will be given to some of the most ecologically impactful, edible, medicinal and toxic species.

With hands of an artist, eyes of an ecologist, and the heart of a deeply connected human, Willoughby Arevalo brings the practical and the joyful together through the science and wonder of mycology, interdisciplinary visual and performing arts, and education. His community-engaged artwork is an invitation for community members to not only learn from fungi, but to grow their true earthy relationships. Raised in Arcata, California (Wiyot and Yurok Territories), he strives to be a good guest on Coast Salish Territory.