The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Dr. Rick Van de Poll PhD will present “Fantastic Fungi Foray” at Bretzfelder Park August 21 at 6 p.m.
The free program is part of the annual summer Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.
Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire, which has conducted natural resource inventories for the public and private sector of New England since 1988. Dr. Van de Poll has recorded over 1800 mushrooms in New Hampshire, including a number of undescribed species. He co-founded the Monadnock Mushroom Club in 1988, and founded the local Sandwich Area Mushroom (SAM) Club in 2001. He has taught Mycology at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 20 years. He has been on the Northeast Mycological Federation (NEMF) Faculty list since 1996 when he co-chaired the joint NAMA-NEMF Foray at Mt. Ascutney. He is currently the President of NEMF. Join expert mycologist Rick Van de Poll for another North Country review of the incredible diversity of edible and poisonous mushrooms in the woods.
This hour-long field foray will discover a number of fascinating fungal forms from chaga, to polypores, to evanescent molds, and to 'normal toadstools.' Bring a basket, knife, hand lens, and your favorite camera/iPhone!
Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites. Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in August and February.