Mushrooms of the West Coast - October 2018

This three-day field-course (Friday evening until Sunday noon) will introduce participants to the wonderful world of West Coast mushrooms.


October 05 - 07, 2018


Raincoast Education Society


Andy MacKinnon


PO Box 815
Tofino, BC


Topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to fungi - what are they, and what is their role in our forests?
  • Essentials of collecting & identifying fungi in the field
  • Edible, medicinal, and poisonous fungi
  • Cooking wild mushrooms with Chef Ian Riddick, Executive Chef at the Great Room.

Friday (7:30-9pm)
• Introductory presentation for mushroom course participants - overview of wild mushrooms, different fungus groups, role of fungi in ecosystems & mushroom identification.

Saturday (8am - 9pm, with breaks)
• Field collection of wild mushrooms at field site.
• Sorting of mushroom collections, spore prints, microscope ID session. Cooking wild mushrooms with Chef Ian Riddick, Executive Chef at the Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort.
• That Mushroom looks delicious! Will it kill me?

Sunday (8am - 1pm)
• Field collection and identification of wild mushrooms at field site. Group lunch and course wrap-up.

Instructor Andy MacKinnonis a forest ecologist formerly with the BC Forest Service in Victoria. His fields of study include BC’s native plants, fungi, and lichens. Andy is co-author of six field guides to plants of western North America.

Course fee: