The Many Ways of Fungi:
Biology, Ecology, Cultivation,
and Applications 101
This Course Is expected to begin running December, 2018.
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Discovering mycology is a life-changing experience. As you learn about all that fungi do in the environment and their seemingly endless answers to some of the world’s biggest challenges, you begin to view the world through new eyes. Fungi not only offer vital insights into the ways of the natural world, but also tangible means for envisioning and building a more resilient means for living on Earth.
The only problem with such a big topic as mycology is knowing where to start. With few places to study the topic, finding a clear map of this vast science is often the biggest hurdle for people wanting to begin the life journey of working with fungi.
In this course, you will be guided through all that mycology offers – from its history and modern practical applications, to the unique biology and ecological roles of fungi.
— Topics Covered —
- The history of mycology
- The uniqueness of fungal biology
- The importance of fungi the natural world
- The history of ethnomycology (fungi in human cultures)
- Easy mushrooms and lichens to identify
- Simple and inexpensive mushroom growing techniques
- Cooking with mushrooms
- Medicinal mushrooms intro
- Mycoremediation basics
To help reinforce these concepts, various field and kitchen practice sessions will be offered to create an immersive experience supportive of all learning styles. By the end of the course you will be familiar with all the major aspects of mycology and will have experience with several cornerstone skills in the field.
This course is ideal for anyone interested in the arts and sciences of mycology – naturalist, (citizen) scientist, and homesteader alike. Related fields of study include ecology, gastronomy, herbalism, natural products chemistry, pharmacology, anthropology, mythology, and general mycological studies.
— IN return —
When you join this course, you will receive:
- 1-year of streaming access to 10 hours of UHD video coursework (including a blend of blackboard work, explanatory animations and images, technique demonstrations, and videos in the field)
- Lifetime access to this class' section of the MYCOLOGOS® discussion forum
- Downloadable PDFs of course notes
- Project instructions and materials lists
- Certificate of completion (upon completing course requirements and final exam)
— About the instructor —
Peter McCoy is the founder of MYCOLOGOS® and the author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, one of the most comprehensive books on accessible mycology written to date. For the last 10 years, Peter's unique approach to working with fungi has brought him to present to tens of thousands of people around the world. An internationally-celebrated and dedicated teacher, Peter's instruction model works to engage all modes of learning by offering a blend of visual presentations, live demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions. For more information, see Peter's full bio here.