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Morning Walk: Spring Wildcrafting - Medicinal Mushrooms & Edibles with Ari Rockland-Miller

Note: This walk has 3 spots remaining as of 4.23.18. We offered this popular walk last year and it filled quickly. We are also offering this same program in an afternoon walk on the same day. 

Date: Saturday | May 19, 2018
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost: $30
Location: The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT

Spring rains summon an astounding variety of wild edibles and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum on a wild edible and mushrooming adventure: "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens,” on Saturday, May 19. This event is focused on the medicinal and edible treasures of springtime.

Your mycological guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will begin with a colorful presentation introducing foraging safety, strategy, and ethics. Then we’ll head out on a guided foray into the nearby woods, conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Our explorations will focus on the Northeast’s wild greens and spring tonics, and medicinal fungi. Ari makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining.

Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again! 

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Please come dressed for a spring hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop will begin at The Nature Museum, 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 or we will embark on a walking foray in the village nearby. 

About Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller is a writer, instructor and lecturer on wild and cultivated mushrooms and edible plants. He is co-founder of the popular blog The Mushroom Forager ( The Mushroom Forager's work has been featured on CNN's Great Big Story, New England Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, WCAX, and in magazines including Vermont Life and Northern Woodlands. 

Ari is an ardent mycophile who enjoys nothing more than the exhilarating feeling of the mushroom hunt. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves to share his knowledge and adventures with blog readers and workshop participants. Ari has facilitated over 150 presentations and hands-on workshops to over 3,000 mycophiles from around the world. 

He finds inspiration in the gourmet mycorrhizal mushrooms, like porcini and chanterelles, which only thrive in the wild and resist cultivation. He became an expert in cultivating shiitake mushrooms in agroforestry systems when he managed Cornell University's Mushroom Research Project and Cornell University's agroforestry teaching site and farm, the MacDaniels Nut Grove. He has a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Ari lives in Burlington with his wife and daughter.