In this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum, participants will learn how to grow mushrooms and develop their own understanding of the role fungi play in nature.
Explore the role of fungi in the natural environment, especially in our own Midwestern woodlands, where fungi play a critical role in nutrient cycling. Learn the ecology of different mushroom-producing species that make some gourmet mushrooms ideal for cultivation and then discuss the fundamentals of growing mushrooms successfully at home. Techniques for mushroom cultivation both indoors and outdoors will be presented in this class along with a discussion of which varieties perform well in each setting. Then, create your own mushroom grow bag to take home. By the end of the workshop, you will
- understand the role of fungi in nature and in our lives,
- know about varieties of mushrooms in cultivation,
- apply methods to cultivate mushrooms indoors and outdoors, and
- create your very own mushroom bag.
This workshop will be useful for curious beginners and hobbyist mushroom growers.
This program meets in person at the Arboretum.
Instructor: Marvin Lo, Luke McCormack, Kelsey Patrick
Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.
Age: 16 and older