Annual Mushroom Fair

Join visiting fungi experts, Vera Evenson and Dr. Andrew Wilson, Curator and Assistant Curator at the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi, Denver Botanic Gardens, for an ACES Annual Mushroom Fair!  Learn all you ever wanted to know about mushrooms - a wide variety of specimens will be exhibited, identified and examined up close. Come prepared to look at various mushrooms under a microscope, make spore prints, learn about their intricate ways and how important they are to the whole ecosystem - you're welcome to bring your own mushrooms to share and learn about. Come to ACES for a fun filled afternoon learning about mushrooms - not to mention you'll get to discuss which ones are the choice edible varieties.

Free and open to the public.

Join us for an in-depth 2-day field course with Vera and Andy on Thursday and Friday leading into the fair.

Vera Evenson is Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens and is past President of the Colorado Mycological Society.  She has a B. S. in Botany from Montana State and an M.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University.  Vera has taught mycology at Denver Botanic Gardens and has years of experience in field instruction.  She is author of "Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains" (1997) and in 2015 a revised edition "Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming".   In addition, “The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat” (2016), co-authored by Cathy Cripps, Vera Evenson, and Michael Kuo is now available. 

Dr. Andrew Wilson is the Assistant Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens and has been studying the biological diversity of mushrooms and other macro fungi for over fifteen years. Andrew first learned to document mushroom diversity from Dr. Dennis Desjardin at San Francisco State University. This began by studying and describing mushroom diversity from Java and Bali, Indonesia. He then earned his Ph.D. from Clark University in the laboratory of Dr. David Hibbett. In David’s lab, Andrew learned how to use DNA sequence data to explore questions about the evolution of mushroom diversity. After a time at the Chicago Botanic Garden working with Dr. Gregory Mueller, Andrew is now at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where will be applying his skills to better understand the origins of fungal diversity in the Rockies and in mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere. Through the availability of collections-based research he studies the formation, ecology and distribution of fungi using morphology and genetic information. This data helps to build a “story” that explains how such diversity arose in fungi, and help lead researchers to new and exciting questions to explore in these organisms.

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1PM - 4PM
Hallam Lake