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Mushroom Mania Festival

August 19, 2023 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with Admission
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Mushrooms. For some, they are a tasty delicacy. For others, something you’re made to eat. Love them or hate them they are one of the most important organisms in our ecosystem. They decompose, nourish, heal, and yes, they can be deadly. Whether you are an expert in the world of fungi or are simply curious, join the Adirondack Experience this summer for a fun-filled, family-friendly day all about fungi! With activities and crafts, workshops, presentations, hikes, and more there is sure to be something for even those who have never before considered mushrooms as anything other than a slimy snack.

Come learn about the mycelium superhighway hidden beneath your feet on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 10am-5pm at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum of Blue Mountain Lake.


10:30am: Lichens with Dorothy Smullen

12:00pm: The Ten Commandments for Safe Eating of Wild Mushrooms with Bernie Carr

2:00pm: The Sustainability of Chaga’s Future with Garrett Kopp


Mushroom Walks on Minnow Pond Trail

Sign-up at Marion River Carry Pavilion. limited availability; first-come, first-serve basis.

10:30am-11:30am: Intro to Fungi with Ed Kanze

11:30-12:30pm: Advancing Fungi Walk with Susan Hopkins

12:30pm-1:30pm: Mushroom Walk with Garrett Kopp

1:30pm-2:30pm: Intro to Fungi with Ed Kanze

2:30pm-3:30pm: Advanced Fungi Walk with Susan Hopkins

3:30pm-4:30pm: Intro to Fungi with Ed Kanze


Demonstrations & Displays

10am – 4pm

Growing Oyster Mushrooms at Home: Drop in workshop with Andy LeBlanc

Colors of Nature: Mushroom Dye with Noel Dingman and Carol Pearsall

Fiber Arts Mushroom Sculptures with Connie Noftsier

Woodburning with Vicki Virgil


Tabling & Display

10am – 4pm

Mushroom Identification

What’s growing in your woods, garden, or lawn? Bring your mushroom samples to be identified by mushroom enthusiasts and experts. Please bring in whole mushroom (dig up roots). To keep your mushroom in good shape, please keep in paper bag or wrapped in wax paper (no plastic wrap please).

There is risk in collecting wild mushrooms. Illness and even death can occur from ingesting wild mushrooms. The ADKX, its affiliates and volunteers, accept no liability or responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of or reliance upon the information provided, nor for any health problems, consequences or symptoms which may arise from contact with or the ingestion of mushrooms, and other fungi. Any person who collects mushrooms or any other potentially dangerous fungi does so at their own risk.