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  • What is a foray?
    A mushroom foray is a guided hike through the words with mushroom identification experts. After arriving at the meeting location, instructions are given to the group and attendees search for mushrooms along the trail. The walks generally last between 1 and 2 hours, and all of the mushrooms found during this walk are collected and identified.

    What is the purpose?
    Individual participants seek out mushroom forays for many reasons. Some like to look for edible mushrooms. Others are seeking out medicinal mushrooms. Some only like mushrooming for the science - to learn mushroom identification or ecology. Others are just looking for a leisurely walk in the woods where they learn something. Whatever reason you want to come, there will likely be others attending for the same reasons.

    What should I bring?
    Those interested in attending are asked to wear stable footwear and jeans, as we will likely be walking off of the trails in the woods during these events. We also ask participants to bring a basket or mesh bag to carry the mushrooms they collect. It may also be helpful to bring a notebook, water, and a small knife. These events will be held rain or shine, barring severe or dangerous weather conditions such as heavy rain or lightning.

    Also consider bringing:

    • Digital camera
    • Mushroom Field Guide
    • Hand lens
    • Field guide
    • Whistle
    • Map of the area
    • Lunch or a snack
    • Waterproof clothing
    • First Aid Kit

    What should I wear?

    Be sure to look at the weather forcasts and dress appropriately. Many people usually wear jeans, even in the summertime, as we often walk off the trail, where there are thorny bushes, stinging nettle, and other potential hazards. Also consider a rain jacket if there is the potential of showers in the forcast.

    Who is welcome?

    Anyone from the general public is welcome to come to our forays. All ages and skill levels can attend. Understand that we will be walking through the woods, potentially on difficult terrain, so those with specific medical conditions or small children should bear this in mind. 

    If you have any more questions, please contact Steve at steve@hoosiermushrooms.com.

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