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Mushroom Walk at Erickson FieldsMushroom Walk at Erickson Fields

September 22, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a Nature & Mushroom Walk on Saturday, September 22 at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport. This free event takes place from 10 am to noon and is part of the statewide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

MCHT land steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead us on a guided hunt for the natural treasures of the forest and fields. A huge variety of native mushrooms appear throughout the woods and there’s no one better to excite an interest in these fascinating fungi!

Kirk 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 Kirk. “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!

Our 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 … ” promises Kirk. “It could be epic!”

Registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated. Please email or call Joelle Albury at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm office at 207-236-2739.