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National Mushroom Experts, Alan & Arleen Bessette to Speak At Trout Lake Nature Center – Oct. 19, 2018

Oct 2, 2018

Learn about both common and uncommon mushrooms of Florida

Our typical images of mushrooms range from the cultivated white button mushroom to the bracket fungi or shelf mushroom to the tasty chanterelles or portabellos. They come in all shapes and sizes. Many people have questions about the type and possible uses for the wild mushrooms they observe.

Alan Bessette, a professional mycologist and emeritus professor of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University and his mycologist partner Arleen Bessette, a botanical photographer have been collecting and studying wild mushrooms for over forty years. They will be sharing their expertise on Oct. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Trout Lake Nature Center. The Center is located at 520 East CR 44, Eustis. The event will start with an hour indoor presentation followed by a mushroom foray into the woods surrounding the Center. If you plan to e foray, dress to go outside, close-toed shoes are suggested along with bug spray.

The Bessettes have written or co-authored many of the field guides on mushrooms used throughout the U.S. and North America including Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States. Arleen teaches courses on mycology (the branch of biology dealing with fungi or mushrooms), dyeing with mushrooms, and the culinary aspect of mycophagy.

Alan has served as a consultant for the New York State Poison Control Center and was the scientific adviser to the Mid-York Mycological Society for more than twenty years. He has authored or co-authored over twenty-five books on mushrooms.

The Bessettes are renowned in the mushroom world and have travelled throughout the US studying and teaching about mushrooms. This is your opportunity to learn from these national experts who actually wrote the books. Join us for this fun and insightful program about mushrooms of Florida. Learn about both common and uncommon mushrooms of Florida or just begin to understand the magic of a fairy or mushroom ring.

The program is free of charge; donations are welcome to help support the private, not-for-profit nature center. For more information, email tlncdirector@gmail.com or call 352.357.7536.

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