ROCKPORT — Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead attendees on a guided hunt for the natural treasures of the forest and fields at MCHT’s Erickson Fields Preserve (164 West St).
“A huge variety of native mushrooms appear throughout the woods and there’s no one better to excite an interest in these fascinating fungi,” said MCHT, in a news release.
Gentalen loves to share his enthusiasm for the natural world with all ages. He has over 20 years of experience, leading hikes and sharing the fungal world with thousands of people from Alaska to Maine.
The natural history of mushrooms and their role in the ecosystems will be the focus of this day’s outing, but every species is different.
“You can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk,” says Gentalen. “Having a group look for, find, and really discover the world of fungus is a unique setting for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn!”
This walk is suitable for all ages. Adults will learn just as much as kids, said MCHT.
The walk will focus on non-edible mushrooms, but Kirk will also share his knowledge of birds, tracking, and the animal and plant life of Erickson Fields.
“It will be awesome," said Gentalen. "It could be epic!”
Space is limited. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and all attendees must wear sturdy shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing. Registration is required and available online at aldermere.org/mushroom. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-236-2739.