Wild World of Mushrooms

  • The Nature Museum 186 Townshend Road Grafton, VT, 05146 United States

Program is full; please consider joining our waiting list for this program!

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Cost: Tickets are $30
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Ari points to Lion's Mane during a foray.

Ari points to Lion's Mane during a foray.

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible mushrooming adventure called "The Wild World of Mushrooms” on Saturday, August 27th.  Your mycological tour guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will give a colorful presentation introducing the region’s most distinctive and delicious species, followed by a guided foray in the rich woods nearby conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Ari makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining. 

Rockland-Miller will introduce participants to the Northeast’s safest and most distinctive gourmet and medicinal fungi, emphasizing his “ForageCast” strategy.  Workshop participants will also discover how to best cook these fruits of the forest and will get a taste when our wild finds are served up right on the spot following our foray. Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again!

Please come dressed for a summer hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop will begin at The Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Following a presentation by Ari, we will foray on nearby land that is part of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, just a short drive from the Museum. 

Spaces are limited on these walks and participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets early.  This program is geared to adults and youth over 15 years old. It is not appropriate for younger children to attend. 

About Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager, based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge with blog readers and participants at his mushroom foraging and cultivation workshops. Together with his partner, Jenna, he has facilitated dozens of presentations and hands-on workshops to over 1,000 mycophiles throughout the Northeast. 

Ari became an expert in shiitake cultivation after managing Cornell University's Mushroom Research Project and the MacDaniels Nut Grove, Cornell's forest farming demonstration site. He has a BA from Brown University, where he studied Buddhist philosophy as well as environmental policy and ethics, and is currently studying environmental law at Vermont Law School. The Mushroom Forager has been featured on New England Public Radio and on Vermont's WCAX.

Photo courtesy of The Mushroom Forager

Photo courtesy of The Mushroom Forager