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Mushroom Walk

Sep 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, at Erickson Fields

MCHT Naturalist Kirk Gentalen. Photo by Joelle Albury

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ROCKPORT – Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a free Mushroom & Nature Walk on Saturday, September 28 from 10 am to noon at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport.

MCHT land steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead attendees 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!

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, ” 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.

Photo by Joelle Albury

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