Fantastic Fungi of the Adirondacks Class
Instructor: Rick Van de Poll, Ph.D.
August 21-24, 2013
Cost: $450.00, which includes meals.
Maximum Class Size: 8
This short course on mycology will introduce the beginner and amateur mushroomer to the intricate world of higher fungi in the Adirondacks. For beginners, this course will introduce basic ecological concepts as well as the major macro-fungi groups. For someone familiar with these basic groups of mushrooms as well as their role in nature, this course will take the learner deeper into the realm of taxonomy by using fresh specimens and diagnostic keys.
Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. He has recorded over 1300 mushrooms in New Hampshire, including a number of undescribed species. After studying with Dr. Harry Thiers at San Francisco State University for 2 years, he taught mycology at Antioch New England from 1985 to 2001, and currently teaches mycology as an adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University. (Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station)
Here is a short clip of a skill you will learn. How to determine the distinguishing and identifying features between two mushrooms:
What is Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station?
Established in 2008, the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station (“SSPRS”) is a biological field station, with work concentrated on the Shingle Shanty Preserve. The Shingle Shanty Preserve (the “Preserve”) is a 23 square mile (60.7 kilometer square) tract of land located in the middle of the six million acre Adirondack Park. (Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station)
Along with researching conservation and biological studies, SSPRS is also an educational tool. Several workshops and courses are created to help teach environmental students and members of the public who are interested.
Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station is accredited by the New York State Department of Education. In addition to offering field courses, the Preserve can provide a location for research and educational opportunities for academic institutions that do not have access to their own research forests (e.g. small private universities and community colleges), as well as educational opportunities in field biology. (Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station)
Important General Information
The remoteness of this field site will require participants to camp in tents on the Preserve. Meals will be provided at a rustic cabin near the campsite. There is no access to electricity, running water, cellular telephone reception or the internet. To view a recommended equipment list, click here.
For further information, or to register, contact:
Stephen Langdon, Project Manager
Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station
You can also check out the group on their Facebook page!
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