Go looking for mushrooms with Conserving Carolina on an Interpretive Nature Walk 

Published 11:56 am Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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Join Conserving Carolina for an Interpretive Nature Walk on Saturday, August 13. This walk will feature Charlotte Caplan of the Asheville Mushroom Club. Charlotte will lead participants on an easy to moderate walk through a private property located along the Green River, discussing the mushrooms found along the way and tips about how to identify them.


To make this an enjoyable and educational experience for participants, we will offer two walks, the first will be from 10:00-11:30 a.m. and the second 12:30-2:00 p.m. Space for each walk is limited to 15 participants for each session and pre-registration is required by visiting Conserving Carolina’s website and calendar of events, conservingcarolina.org/calendar. 

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Charlotte Caplan has been collecting, studying, identifying, and eating fungi for 45 years, in both Europe and North America. She started learning about mushrooms in Britain in 1975. She was mainly self-taught because the British have no tradition of collecting wild mushrooms and there are very few clubs available. 


Upon moving to the USA, to Savannah, GA, in 1986 there still seemed to be no one else interested in fungi. Then, after moving to Asheville in 1998, it was like moving to the mushroom capital of the world! There were not only huge varieties of fungi to be found, but also an active mushroom club.


For your safety, do not attempt this activity if it is beyond your ability and experience. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a snack, water, and any personal medication that may be required. A loop/hand lens may be helpful if you have one to bring.

In case of inclement weather, please contact Pam Torlina by e-mail, pam@conservingcarolina.org, by 8 a.m. on the day of the walk and/or check the Conserving Carolina website or Facebook page to see if the walk will take place. 


Space is limited. For more information and to sign up/RSVP visit conservingcarolina.org/calendar.


Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, works to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of nature. Learn more and become a member at conservingcarolina.org.


Submitted by Pam Torlina