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Most are free and open to everyone. You can buy signed copies of my mushroom book at any of these events:

Friday, Feb.6, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Book sale and signing at PASA Conference, Penn State U Campus. University Park, PA.

Saturday, Feb 21, 1 PM. Talk for Central PA Mushroom club, “Using Mushroom Field Guides and Other Mushroom Books” 403 Paterno Library, PSU campus.

Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 PM, mushroom (Morels?) Central PA Mushroom club walk at Bald Eagle State Park near Howard, PA

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM-1 PM. Book sale and signing at Central PA Master Gardeners Plant Sale, near State College, PA.

Saturday, June 20 at 1:00 PM,  Central PA Mushroom club

Central PA Mushroom Club mushroom walk at Cooks Forest State Park in Cooksburg, PA

Saturday, June 27, 2:30 - 4:30 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk at Little Pine State Park near Waterville, PA.

Saturday, July 4 at 2:00 PM, Wild mushroom talk and walk. Poe Valley State Park, outside State College PA.

Central PA Mushroom club mushroom walk at Reeds Gap State Park near Milroy, PA

Saturday, Aug. 1, 1-3 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk. Prince Gallitzin State Park, near Patton, PA

Sunday, Aug. 2, 1-3 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk. Canoe Creek State Park. Near Hollidaysburg, PA.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 1-3 PM wild mushroom walk at Whipple Dam

Park, Near State College, PA.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 14 - 16, The 2015 Bill Russell Foray at the Sieg Center near Lamar, PA.

Saturday, Aug 22, 1-3 PM. Wild mushroom talk.walk at Raymond B. Winter State Park, near Mifflinburg, PA

Sunday, August 23, 1-3PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk. Mt Gretna resort at Mt. Gretna PA.

Sunday,  September 20 at 1:00 PM, Central PA Mushroom club mushroom walk at the Union County Sportsmans Club in Weikert, PA

Thursday, Oct.8. 10AM to Noon. OLLI mushroom  presentation at Spring Mills, PA. You must register with OLLI.

Sunday, Oct.11 at 12:30 PM. Wild mushroom walk/talk at Little Pine State Park

Saturday, Oct 17, Noon to ? At Weebull’s Steakhouse an Pub in Driftwood, PA. Mushroom talk, walk and festival.

Sunday, October 18 at 1:00 PM, Central PA Mushroom club mushroom walk at Whipple Dam State Park.

Sunday, November 15 at 1:00 PM, Central PA Mushroom club potluck (no wild mushroom dishes) and instruction on using a microscope for mushroom identification at the Baileyville Grange Hall in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA

Wednesday, November 18 at 7 PM. Wild mushroom talk for Penns Valley Conservation Group. Millheim, PA. PRIVATE.

Is it legal to gather wild mushrooms in PA State Parks ? Check out the PA Conservation and Natural Resources report, paragraph 11.211 (b) (1).

It clearly states that it IS LEGAL. You may want to print it out and carry it with you when you when you go collecting.

I recently received this clarification of the law from Rory Bower, Reeds Gap State Park manager:

I would ask that you please update the information based upon the following sections of state park regulations: Section 11.211(a)(1) This prohibits the “Cutting, picking, digging, damaging or removing, in whole or in part, a living or dead tree, shrub or plant”. Section11.211(b)(1) states “Gathering edible fruits, nuts, berries and fungi, in reasonable amounts, for one's own personal or family consumption. This permission does not apply to wild plants listed in Chapter 45 (relating to conservation of Pennsylvania native wild plants) as threatened, endangered, rare or vulnerable.”

As you can see, it is permissible to gather only edible fungi in reasonable amounts for one’s own personal or family consumption. Legally, it is not permissible to gather mushrooms for any other purpose.

Want to learn about Mushrooms? Join the

Central PA Wild Mushroom Club

Starting on April 27 I will begin my weekly free wild mushroom identification and discussion sessions every Monday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Websters Bookstore and Cafe in State College, PA.

Are you a beginner who wants to learn about edible wild mushrooms?

Are you are a fungus hunter who wants put more delicious wild mushroom species in your basket.?

If you are either of these adventurers, you will find my book worth its weight in gold. It’s written for you. And it fits in your pocket.

It covers many mushrooms that you will find in Pennsylvania, the Middle Atlantic, and surrounding states. It’s written in simple English that anyone can understand. Reviewers praise it for the ease of use and helpfulness to amateur mushroom hunters.

Buy it now and get ready for the mushroom season.  And get one for a mushroomer friend.

Or get it at your local bookstore, at any of my mushroom presentations, or  from these sellers in central PA:

Appalachian Ski & Outdoors, 123 South Allen Street, State College PA

Barnes & Noble 365 Benner Pike, State College PA

Belladonna Herbs, 720 Pike St., Lemont PA

Friendship Bookstore,  325 W Freedom Ave  Burnham PA

Green Drake Gallery, Millheim PA

Homan’s General Store, Potters Mills PA

The Granary, 2766 West college Ave., State College PA

Nature’s Pantry, 2331 Commercial Blvd,State College PA

Shavers Creek Environment Center, 6 miles S of Pine Grove Mills, off Rt 26.

Tait Farm Store, Rt 322, Centre Hall PA

Websters Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave, State College PA

For a copy signed by the author contact Penn State University

It’s Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) time!

Check around the base of Oak trees and stumps.

Many of us have sold wild mushrooms to restaurants, to stores and at farmer’s markets. Now we must rethink this practice.

Currently, selling wild mushrooms picked from the wild is illegal in most places unless certain rules are followed.  The FDA Food Code now requires food to be able to be tracked to its place where it was collected.