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Florida Fungi & Mushroom Identification with Jon Martin

February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn about Florida mushrooms and how to identify them! This mushroom identification immersion and introduction to mycology focusing on Florida mushrooms is suitable for beginner to intermediate-level mushroom enthusiasts. Students will be introduced to and gain an understanding of mycology concepts, the importance of mushrooms in forest ecosystems, human uses of mushrooms, basic taxonomy, descriptive terminology, methods of identification, proper collection/preservation techniques, major groups of mushrooms, common genera & species, edible and medicinal mushrooms, toxic and deadly mushrooms, reference resources, mushroom photography, and more. Images of mushrooms from Central Florida will be shown in addition to dried and/or live specimens which will be examined by the class.

Jon Martin aka Fungi Jon is a mycology educator and photographer from Central Florida passionate about wild mushrooms. Through relatable, practical, and witty ways of instructing, he inspires others to dive into the world of mycology and explore nature intentionally. From their significant role on our planet, to their beauty and potential in bioremediation & medicine, Jon is inspired by mushrooms and spends as much time as possible in wilderness getting to know their many forms. As a community mycologist, he leads educational mushroom hikes, instructs mushroom classes at various locations including the Florida School of Holistic Living, and conducts periodic fungi surveys on designated properties. He records data for local parks and mycologists, photographs local species to educate others & share with the world, and makes contributions to mycology research with universities including the University of Florida. He is also a foray leader and trusted identifier with the Florida Academic Lichen & Fungi Enthusiasts League, an academic mycology club based out of the University of Florida.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to FNGLA Certified Professionals upon request.