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Beginner Fungi Discovery Walk

September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Event Description:

Hundreds of species of mushrooms grow in northern Wisconsin, and many can be found right here in the Chippewa Valley! Join Naturalist Jim Schwiebert to discover the fascinating world of fungi! We will learn about fungi’s role in a healthy ecosystem; tips to identify mushrooms such as observing physical characteristics and using a mushroom guide; and even get to taste chaga tea made with local mushrooms.

This is a great hike for people who have no experience with fungi or people looking to familiarize themselves with common mushrooms found in our area this time of year. Although the focus of this hike is not solely on edible mushrooms, we will identify the ones we find! The content is intended for adults, but children accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Guided by: Jim Schwiebert, Naturalist

Bio: I have been a Naturalist at Beaver Creek Reserve since 2007. Prior to that, I spent two years as a Fisheries Technician, 10 years as a Forester for Chippewa County, and 7 years as a Wildlife Technician in Eau Claire. As a naturalist, I’ve always been interested in the world of foraging, and mushrooms have become a part of that obsession over the last 10 years. Although I’m not an expert, I do enjoy getting out in the woods and discovering the wonderful world of fungi.  And, I do enjoy eating a few of them as well!

Jim Schwiebert

Location: Town of Union Conservancy Area, Eau Claire, WI

Hike Length: 1-2 miles

What to bring: Dress appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for walking off-trail and on uneven terrain. Wear sturdy shoes with ankle support and bring insect  and sun protection. Bring water and snacks along with a camera to capture the fall colors! We love our furry friends, but please leave them at home.

Amenities: Porta Potty is available in the parking lot at the beginning of the event.

Contact: Sara Norman, sara@landmarkwi.org.

Cost: $10. To make this event accessible to all income levels, there is a free option on the registration form. Please select this option if the $10 cost of this event would be a barrier to your participation. No questions asked.

Registration: Please register as capacity is limited to 15.


September 23, 2023
10:00 am - 12:30 pm