GRAFTON, Vt. – With the warm spring rains, an astounding variety of wild edibles and medicinal mushrooms begin to bloom, breaking through layers of leaves and pine needles on the forest floor. On Saturday, May 19, the Nature Museum offers a walking workshop in Grafton. “Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Edibles” will be offered twice: one workshop at 9:30 a.m. and a second at 1 p.m. Participants will be guided through the medicinal and edible treasures of springtime.
Your mycological guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will begin with a colorful and informative presentation introducing foraging safety, strategy, and ethics. After this indoor talk, the group will head out on a guided foray into the nearby woods, conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Our explorations will focus on the Northeast’s wild greens, spring tonics, and medicinal fungi. Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again!
Ari Rockland-Miller is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild and cultivated mushrooms and edible plants. He is co-founder of the popular blog, “The Mushroom Forager.” Ari is an ardent mycophile who enjoys nothing more than the exhilarating feeling of the mushroom hunt. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms and facilitated over 150 presentations and hands-on workshops to over 3,000 mycophiles from around the world. The Mushroom Forager’s work has been featured on CNN’s Great Big Story, New England Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, WCAX, and in magazines including Vermont Life and Northern Woodlands.
Participants should be prepared for a hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This is a popular event and quickly sells out every year. Reserve your space early by visiting www.nature-museum.org or calling 802-843-2111.
Find the Nature Museum on Facebook, Instagram, or at www.nature-museum.org. The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton, Vt.