Mushroom Foray field Trip
with Joanne Schwartz
SunDay January 9

Registration required. This field trip is Limited to the first 15 CNPS members.
* All positions for this field trip have been filled. Registration is now closed.  

JOANNE SCHWARTZ, a mushroom expert and OC CNPS member, will lead a hunt for interesting mushrooms and fungus in oak forests, chaparral or sage scrub habitats of the Santa Ana Mts. or foothills. Joanne will explain the differences in the fungus parts and how they reproduce from spores spread by wind, animals, water and insects. Fungus are important to the ecology of our local wildlands in many ways and without their decomposing and symbiotic characteristics the world would be a very different place. Joanne will demonstrate environmentally friendly methods and tools used to study fungi and discuss their edibility. Although principally a mushroom and fungus trip, we probably will not be able to avoid pointing out a few of the interesting native plants of the area as well.

INITIAL MEET LOCATION: Meet at 8 am in the parking lot at Bravo’s California Fresh, 31722 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano (just off Hwy 74 near I-5). About three hours. Bring trail shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, water and lunch if desired. Easy to moderate difficulty. No water or restrooms. Leaders: Joanne Schwartz and Ron Vanderhoff.

IMPORTANT: Because mushrooms are notoriously unpredictable and very dependent upon rainfall, the precise location of the trip will be a last minute decision - we’ll go wherever the mushrooms are, or at least where we think they will be! The final location will be somewhere along the Hwy 74 (Ortega Hwy.) corridor.