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Learn to Identify Mushrooms

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October 10, 2017
Dozens of Edible Wild Mushrooms Found in Massachusetts
Essex, MA … Some of the deadliest mushrooms growing wild in Massachusetts look lovely and taste delicious.  Other poisonous mushrooms are small and harmless-looking.  
Yet some of best edible mushrooms are the strangest looking, and eating something you can’t buy in a store can be a special treat.
There are about a dozen wild mushrooms that can be safely foraged in the state, including morels, oyster and chanterelles.  Identifying them properly and consistently is the key to finding great edible mushrooms in our region.
Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, invites the public to learn the basics of mushroom identification on Saturday, October 21st, at 9am at the Cox Reservation in Essex.  Expert Gary Gilbert, of the Boston Mycological Club, will conduct an introductory class, provide examples and a useful handout of common species found in this area.
The Boston Mycological Club is the oldest amateur mycology club in the United States, founded in 1895 to collect information and study mushrooms.
Gilbert will discuss some of the basics of mushroom hunting, including precautions and the best seasons for foraging. 
After his presentation, participants are welcome to join Gilbert and other members of the Boston Mycological Club at 11:00 a.m. at Aggasiz Rock on School Street in Manchester-by-the-sea for a mushrooming excursion. 
There is a $10 fee.  Boston Mycological Club members pay a reduced rate of $5.  RSVP at
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About Greenbelt:
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected more than 17,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade.  For more information about Greenbelt programs, visit or call 978-768-7241.
Mary Williamson
Director of Development & Community Engagement 
Greenbelt | Essex County's Land Trust

82 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA 01929
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