Explore the North Carolina Botanical Garden property for lichens and mushrooms with Gary and Van. Ever wonder what the curious organisms are that grow on rocks and tree trunks? Ever wonder what that mushroom is that sprung up overnight or what its ecological role might be? We will walk around the Piedmont Nature Trails (and maybe also Mason Farm Biological Reserve) looking for lichens and mushrooms. Then we will wrap up with a discussion including displaying what we found on tables. We will bring a variety of field guides and go over the principles of lichen and mushroom identification. We will be walking through woods so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. A water bottle is also a good idea as well as a basket to collect mushrooms. Also, feel free to bring lichens and mushrooms with you to the field trip and we will identify and discuss them.
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