North Carolina Botanical Garden


Introduction to Mushrooms

with Henry van Cotter, Mycologist

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Date: Saturday, October 5

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $70 ($63 Members)


This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. No prerequisites. 


Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home.


There will be a half-hour break (so bring your lunch!).


Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 10/4/2019 EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Van’s friends and family know well that a hike with him means delving off the path to search for fungi.  His love for mushrooms is infectious (case in point: his daughter recently received a Snapchat from a friend about the shiitake spawn he had purchased).  Van received his Ph.D. in mycology from Virginia Tech studying boletes in Nepal.  After a career in crop protection research, he has been volunteering at local Universities including helping catalog the wealth of valuable fungal type collections in the UNC Herbarium.  He is active in the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program assisting mushroom farmers around the world.  He is greatly looking forward to introducing you to the world of mushrooms.

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