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RLHT to host wild mushroom workshop

Greg Marley

RANGELEY - Taught by expert Greg Marley, a day-long workshop will devote time to building the skills needed to identify common mushrooms and begin a lifetime of wild mushrooming. The class will combine lecture and outdoor experience to look at identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms.

“Maine offers a great opportunity to sustainably collect world-class edible mushrooms as you enjoy a walk through the woods and fields. The only thing standing in the way is having the knowledge and confidence to tell the good edible mushrooms from those that can sicken you. The good news is that there are a handful of common, easily identified, great edibles that can satisfy most people’s hunger for mushrooms,” Marley stated.

This workshop will look at edible as well as common poisonous mushrooms and may end the day by cooking some of the mushrooms found. The focus will be on learning of a few common edible and medicinal mushrooms and building skills for ongoing identification. Participants should be prepared for a hike and to have a fun learning day. Participants are invited to bring fresh specimens of mushrooms from their own property.

Marley has been collecting, studying, eating, growing and teaching mushrooms for over 45 years. Marley has spread his love of mushrooms to hundreds through walks, talks, and classes held across New England over the past 20 years. He is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a small company providing medicinal mushroom education and products made with Maine medicinal mushrooms. Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, and the award-winning Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystic of Mushrooms. As a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Centers across New England since 2001, Marley provides expertise in mushroom poisoning cases.

Registration is required to attend this workshop and space is limited. Visit to register and to learn more.

About Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust

The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust maintains traditional public access and uses of over 14000 acres of conservation land for recreation, education, and scientific study. They operate EcoVenture Youth Camp, Headwaters Lake Protection Program, and offer remote and traditional camping through Cupsuptic Lake Park & Campground.

To learn more about RLHT or how to get involved, visit

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3 Responses »

  1. Found no information for this event on web site listed in article. Where, when and how to register for limited space RHLT?

  2. Looks like a funguy. I wonder how mushroom is left in the class? I wanted to sign up last time but I blewit. Amanita notebook to take good notes.

  3. I heard that he was a stand up guy and had good morels.