August 2019 – Wild Mushroom Foray at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

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August 2019 – Wild Mushroom Foray at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

August 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Sun, August 4, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

He’s baack! Join us for an entertaining and very educational fungi journey with William Needham at Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts. Come with questions and mushrooms from your backyard as we dive into this underrepresented kingdom of fungi. William will take us on a guided foray into the urban forest at Wolf Trap National Park. Learn to indentify species fruiting in the late summer and strategies and techniques for the ethical and sustainable harvesting of wild mushrooms. We will learn more about their historic use, medicinal properties, ecological functions, edibility, and more.

William is the President of the Mycological Association of Washington. He has an Ocean Engineering degree from MIT,MAS in Educational Leadership from Troy State University, MS in Materials Science, MIT, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. William is also an active member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Northern Virginia Hiking Club and Sierra Club.

All ages welcomed. This event is rated MODERATE (vs Easy or Strenuous) so the ability to walk at a moderate pace on uneven trails is essential. Trails do not accomodate strollers.

This Event is FREE however Space is limited to the first 30 registered participants so please REGISTER early as we expect this Event to be SOLD OUT. PLEASE be considerate and if you cannot make it, please cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can alert our wait list.

Useful-a water to drink, sunscreen, insect repellant, hat and walking shoes. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in. The Foray’s leaves PROMPTLY at 10am from the Ranger Station which is to the left of the Filene Center Box Office. Please park in the main circle or where directed

To best enjoy your visit with us, please follow these safety procedures:

  • Stay on designated paths and trails.
  • Watch for uneven ground and slippery surfaces.
  • Remember that you are in a natural setting and may encounter a variety of plants and animals. Watch for snakes, poison ivy, stinging insects. If you are allergic, bring your medication. Volunteers can only call 911 for emergency situations.
  • Check for ticks, especially during warmer months. More tick information.
  • Do not drink from natural water sources.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Especially in the Gardens, please look but do not touch
  • Participation is at your own-risk

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, August 4.



August 4, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Rd
Vienna, Virginia 22182
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