Jim Pruske will lead a mushroom hunting trip to Millersylvania State Park in the coming weeks. Originally scheduled for October, the program got moved to Saturday or Nov. 17, depending on conditions for mushrooms to grow.
The program helps participants learn to identify many common mushroom species found in Pacific Northwest coniferous and deciduous forests. If conditions are right, chanterelles, boletes and other edible species will be found. Pruske also will discuss the ecological value of fungi in the overall health of a forest.
Participants should be prepared to walk through damp undergrowth and kneel on wet ground. Bring lunch and water, and a basket if you plan to take any specimens home.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to early afternoon. Participants should plan to carpool because the trip is limited to five cars.
Preregistration is required. To do so, contact Pruske at 360-459-3655 or the Black Hills Audubon Society office at 360-352-7299. You can learn more about the chapter at blackhills-audubon.org.