Jack o Lanterns (Omphalotus illudens) in front of The Nature Institute’s Talahi Lodge. These are toxic and unedible, but live up to their name by glowing in the dark.
GODFREY — Foraging through the wild has been a tool for recipes for hundreds of years.
Learn to correctly identify native edible autumn mushrooms with The Nature Institute’s Foraging for Fungi from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1. The event will end with a mushroom fry demonstration for guests to learn delicious recipes they can use at home.
The event will take place at TNI’s Talahi Lodge, 2213 S. Levis Lane. TNI education director Patti Brown and education assistant Ramona Puskar will begin this program with an informational presentation. Then, the group will head out for a light hike on TNI trails to identify wild mushrooms.
After the guided hike, TNI board president Dr. Patrick Dailey will lead the mushroom fry demonstration. Attendees will be able to walk away from the event with more knowledge on chanterelles, chicken of the woods, puffballs, witches butter and coral mushrooms.
Mushroom photo prints, taken by Dr. Dailey, will be on display and available for purchase. All photos were taken on TNI trails.
Admission is $25 per person, which includes the identification hike and mushroom fry demo. There are only 30 spots available for this event and pre-registration is required. Those interested in participating should reserve their spot before Monday, Sept. 26, by calling (618) 466-9930 or emailing info@TheNatureInstitute.org. Tickets can also be purchased online at TheNatureInstitute.org.
TNI is a nonprofit environmental education and conservation organization. Its mission is to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration and education.
TNI has hiking trails throughout its preserves ranging in difficulty levels from easy to moderate; they are free and open for public use from dawn to dusk. TNI owns 450 acres of land, which is protected under permanent conservation easements and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. Because this protection, collecting mushrooms, flowers or anything else on the property is prohibited.
For information, visit TheNatureInstitute.org or call (618) 466-9930.