The Many Ways of Fungi
First Steps Into the World of Mycology
Do you want to improve your mushroom hunting skills?
I know how tricky it can be to feel confident with mushroom hunting. When I first started foraging over a decade ago, I was often confused by the technical language and dry approach taken with most field guides. I wanted to be safe and accurate while foraging, but also have fun doing it!
After years of mushroom hunting, I have since come to embrace foraging as my favorite reason for getting out into wild spaces. It is a life skill that helps be find new ways to be fascinated by the natural world, wherever I go.
In this course I want to share with you the many lessons I’ve learned about good foraging over the years, while sharing all the favorite things I love about the dozens of species covered. So whether you are new to mushroom hunting or want to expand your skills into a variety of new avenues, this course will be sure to equip you for a life time to discovering the many mushrooms all around us.
The Many Ways of Fungi:
First Steps Into the World of Mycology
Start Date: July 17
Duration: 7 weeks, with new material released each Wednesday
(See below for full details on the course's structure)
In this course, you will learn about and apply the core skills and insights that mycology offers – from the unique biology of fungi, to their fascinating history and numerous applications. By the end of the course you will have learned to create a variety of fungi-centered foods, medicines, and artworks, while also honing the language to teach others about your passion for fungi through outdoor activities and personal development projects. All told, this course will leave you well-prepared for pursuing the more advanced courses offered at MYCOLOGOS and for knowing that you are starting off – or running strong – on the best foot possible.
WEEK 1: The Fungal Queendom
Orientation • Course Objectives • The History of Mycology • The Uniqueness of Fungal Biology • Patterns of Fungal Ecology • Fungi in Human History
WEEK 2: Finding The Fungi Around You
Mushroom Hunting Safety & Ethics • Best Foraging Tools • 5 Mushrooms to Know • Common Lichen Types • Fungi Are Everywhere(!)
WEEK 3: Cooking With Fungi
Best Recipes for Cooking Any Mushroom • Cooking With Truffles • Rejuvinating Fungal Tonics • Crafting Alcoholic Drinks
WEEK 4: Working With Medicinal Fungi
History of Medicinal Mushrooms • Active Compounds • Top Species to Know • Best Types of Medicinal Products • Simple Home Preps • Psychoactive Fungi Primer
WEEK 5: Cultivating a Relationship With Fungi
Fungal Cultivation Introduction • Growing Mushrooms on Coffee Grounds • Promoting Lichens in the Garden and Forest • Fun with Molds and Yeasts
WEEK 6: Fungal Arts & Crafts
Spore Art • Mushroom Paper Making • Dyeing Clothes & Hair With Mushrooms • Mycelium-Based Objects (Mycomaterials)
WEEK 7: Advanced Mycology Primer
The Mastery of Fungi • Healing the Environment with Fungi • Current Research in Mycology • Best Places to Study Mycology • Common Careers in Mycology • Sharing Mycology With Others • The Future is Fungi
Join Live, or LaterThis course runs live from July 17 to August 28, 2019. New content (videos, suggested readings, and other resources) is released on the Wednesday of each week, and questions for a given week's material can be submitted until noon the following Monday (PST / UTC-7).
You are encouraged to join the course while it is live to both save money and to have an active voice in the weekly Question and Answer sessions. But if you're not quite ready to join, you will still be able to sign up after the course ends at any time.
Life Skills You Will LearnThis course will leave you well prepared for a lifetime of engaging with fungi and all that mycology offers by teaching you:
- How to work with medicinal fungi at home and how to select the highest quality products at the store
- The central roles of fungi in human history
- Essential concepts and terms used to discuss and describe mushrooms, lichens, molds, and yeasts
- Tasty ways of preparing mushroom-based dishes that will convert anyone into a mushroom lover
- A clear understanding of the primary roles fungi fulfill in the environment
- Fun and easy techniques for growing mushrooms and other fungi at home
- Unique ways for making art with fungi, including mycelium-based object art
- Exciting, cutting edge applications and areas of research in mycology
- Common career paths in mycology
What You ReceiveEnrollment in this course provides you with these offerings:
- One year of streaming access to the entire course content, including video lectures and demonstrations, field recordings, reference and resource documents, and more!
- Lifetime access to this course’s section on the MYCOLOGOS® web forum where you can share ideas, questions, and success stories with a global community of fellow fungi enthusiasts
- Study and reference materials, and experiential projects designed to reinforce concepts and terminology
- Instructions, materials lists, and support for projects to be done in home, in the field, and in your community
- Question submissions to the course's weekly Question & Answer sessions (if you register before the course begins on July 17)
- Upon completion, a Certificate from MYCOLOGOS recognizing your comprehension of course materials and completion of the course’s requirements. Learn more about our Certificates of Completion here
Ways to JoinYou can sign up for this course at any time as enrollment will be ongoing once the course goes live on July 17, 2019. To register, simply sign up at the link below. Prior to the start of the course, you will receive registration information to set up your account on the MYCOLOGOS Courses Portal, where the videos and other course content will be made available.
You will then have access to the course's contents for a full year, during which time you can engage with the material and the associated projects and assignments at your own pace.
- If you register prior to July 17, 2019, you will be registered for the entire course and will be able to submit questions to all of the course's weekly Q&A sessions.You will also save money off the cost of the course by registering before July 17!
- If you register after July 17, 2019, you will still have access to the entire course, including any Q&A sessions that have been recorded up to that point. But as you will only receive the course contents one week at a time, regardless of when you sign up, you will not be able to submit questions to the recorded weekly Q&A sessions. You will still be able to submit questions via email and on the MYCOLOGOS Community Forum at any time.
Content AccessOnce you are registered, new course content will be provided to your account on the MYCOLOGOS Courses Portal each week, and an email will be sent to you when the new content is available. You will be able to download all of the course’s texts and supplementary materials, though course videos will only be available online, so you will need a reliable internet connection (whether on your smart phone or computer) to watch them.
Who This Course is ForThis course is ideal for anyone interested in starting or expanding their path into the many arts and sciences of mycology. Course participants include:
- Fungi-curious folks unsure of where to begin with mycology – but who can’t wait to start!
- Practicing myco-enthusiasts wanting to fill in gaps in their appreciation of fungi
- Naturalists seeking new ways to engage with the uniqueness of fungal biology and ecology
- Herbalists and natural medicine enthusiasts wanting to start their studies with medicinal mushrooms
- Parents and homeschoolers wishing to teach their children simple skills for working with fungi
- Homesteaders and permaculturalists seeking a solid foundation in the best skills that mycology offers resilient living styles
- Educators of any type needing new frameworks for communicating the importance of fungi
- Artists interested in incorporating the uniqueness of fungi into their palette
- Ethnologists and sociologists curious about the history of mycology in human cultures as well as current trends in the scient and culture of mycology
These additional learning tools are optional, but in order to meet the requirements for obtaining a Certificate of Completion for the course, you can expect to spend approximately 1–3 hours reading, practicing new skills, or foraging for every hour of instruction.
At a minimum, students seeking certification will be expected to complete several readings and quizzes, facilitate one community-oriented project related to coursework (various options for this will be provided in the first week of the course), and to document their practice of various skills presented throughout the course.
Full details on Certification requirements will be provided in the first week of the course.
You can learn more about our Certificates here.