2017 AUTUMN FUNGUS WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND FORAYS


Discover the curiosities and delights of the fungal kingdom this coming autumn through a variety of seminars, workshops and forays.

For further information please contact Alison directly at

alison(_AT_)alisonpouliot.com
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I hope you can join us!




SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017 - GOSFORD, NSW

WORKSHOP – The Fungi – An Introduction to a Curious Kingdom

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and European contexts.

It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session we will make an exciting foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest.

Lunch, morning tea, refreshments and supplementary notes are included. Workshop open to Bushcare and Landcare volunteers.

Time: 8:30 - 14:30

More information soon – further enquiries and expressions of interest: Alison:





SATURDAY 15 APRIL 2017 - TRENTHAM, VIC

FORAY - How to Smell a Mushroom - Fungus Foray for Kids

What are fungi? Why do some smell like a dead fish and others like bubblegum? Why do some feel slimy and others like velvet? And why on earth do some grow on poo?

This foray introduces children to the weird and whacky wonders of the Kingdom Fungi.

Long ago, before fungi had names and microscopes were invented, people used their senses much more to identify fungi. This foray encourage participants to re-engage the senses and explore the sensory delights of these curious organisms. During this 2.5 hour foray we will seek fungi of interest and discover insights about what they do in the forest.

The foray will go ahead regardless of weather so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and wet weather gear and perhaps bring along a flask of hot tea if the weather is cold.

Time: 14:00 - 16:30

Cost: $25 for adults and $15 for kids

For further information please contact Alison at

Bookings: Trentham Neighbourhood Centre: or 03 5424 1354

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017 - TRENTHAM, VIC

WORKSHOP - Fungi in Focus - Photographic Field Day


The Wombat Forest is home to an incredible diversity of fungi. With their peculiar forms and amazing array of colours, fungi make intriguing photographic subjects.

In this workshop participants will learn how to photograph fungi in different contexts to capture both their scientific and aesthetic nature. We will focus on the particular challenges of macro-photography such as high contrast, low light, colour issues and techniques for controlling depth of field, addressing both technical aspects of exposure management and creative aspects of composition.

Following an indoor highly interactive session the afternoon will be spent in the field searching for fungi and putting techniques into practice.

This workshop will be presented by two professional photographers, Alison Pouliot and Valérie Chételat with plenty of opportunity for individual assistance with camera operation and photographic principles. It is suitable for participants with all kinds of cameras and levels of skill.


Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: $100-

For further information please contact Alison at

Bookings: Trentham Neighbourhood Centre: or 03 5424 1354

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!






MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017 (EASTER MONDAY) - TRENTHAM, VIC

WORKSHOP - Wild Desires - Fungus Foray in the Wombat Forest

The Wombat Forest is a hotspot for a great diversity of fungi.

This foray begins with an overview of how fungi are identified in the field, and then takes us into the depths of the Wombat Forest to discover its fungal treasures.

Together we will seek fungi of interest and insights about their role in supporting the forest as well as their cultural significances.

Participants will learn the characteristics and techniques for identifying fungi using one's senses and assisted by field guides. Field notes will also be provided. The foray will go ahead regardless of weather so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and wet weather gear and perhaps bring along a flask of hot tea if the weather is cold.

Time: 12:30 - 16:30

Cost: $60-

For further information please contact Alison at

Bookings: Trentham Neighbourhood Centre: or 03 5424 1354

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!






SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017 - WYE RIVER, VIC

WORKSHOP - Fungus Identification and Survey Training Day

The fungi of the Otways Forests fungi are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are a vital part of these forests, underpinning their health and resilience.

Fungi also play a critical role in the recovery of forest ecosystems following fire – stabilising soils, filtering water, nourishing plants and animals and more.

The aim of the training day is to equip participants with the basic skills and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. It will include an overview of the major groups of fungi and the features necessary for field identification; the role of fungi in ecosystems particularly following fire; and techniques for surveying fungi and recording data (written records, photographs and specimens).

Very few forests have been surveyed for fungi following fire and data collected from this survey day will provide a vital baseline for understanding their role in local ecosystems.

The day begins with a two-hour indoor session followed by a four hour field trip to identify and survey fungi. It is suitable for locals, students, conservationists and anyone interested in surveying fungi and understanding their relationship with fire.

This workshop is sponsored by the Southern Otway Landcare Network as part of its post fire recovery work at Wye River.

Cost: $50- including lunch

For further information please contact Alison at

Bookings: Please contact Libby: or (03) 5237 6904

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!




SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2017 - GELLIBRAND, VIC

FORAY - Wild Desires - A Forest Foray

What are all those fungi doing there in the forest? How do they help forests function?

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Otways region but also within wider Australian and global contexts.

This foray includes a ninety-minute interactive session on the basics of fungus identification where participants will get to handle, examine and identify various fungi. Participants will also learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungi will be discussed in regard to their ecological roles and also cultural aspects such as edibility and toxicity.

We will then partake in an exciting two hour foray through various local ecosystems to search for species of interest. Supplementary notes are also provided. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for identification at the workshop.

Time: 12:00 - 16:30

Cost: $50-

Bookings: Deb Gartland or 03 5235 8348

For further information please contact Alison at

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





TUESDAY 25 APRIL 2017 - GELLIBRAND, VIC

FORAY - Anzac Day Mushroom Foray

What makes some fungi edible and some toxic? How do we tell the difference?

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Otways region but also within wider Australian and global contexts.

This foray includes a ninety-minute interactive session on the basics of fungus identification where participants will get to handle, examine and identify various fungi. Participants will also learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungi will be discussed in regard to their ecological roles and also cultural aspects such as edibility and toxicity.

We will then partake in an exciting two hour foray through various local ecosystems to search for species of interest. Supplementary notes are also provided. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for identification at the workshop.

Time: 12:00 - 16:30

Cost: $50-

Bookings: Deb Gartland or 03 5235 8348

For further information please contact Alison at

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2017 - WOODEND, VIC

FORAY - A Foray Among the Funguses of Ard Choille Heritage Garden

The gracious 19th century garden of Ard Choille showcasing its spectacular autumn colours with a huge array of exotic trees and shrubs, is also home to a great diversity of fungi.

This foray takes us deep into the curiosities of the fungal realm to discover clandestine relationships between fungi and plants. Following a delicious morning tea, we will explore the diversity of the kingdom and its natural and cultural history through a selection of collected fungi.

Participants will learn how to identify fungi and why they are essential to healthy gardens. Fungi from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined.

After a light luncheon we will wander through the myriad marvellous habitats of Ard Choille Heritage Garden to search for fungi of interest.

Time: 10:30 - 15:30

Cost: $100

For further information please contact Alison at

For bookings, please contact Helen on 0408 118 318 or

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!






SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017 - WOODEND, VIC

FORAY - A Foray Among the Funguses of Ard Choille Heritage Garden

The gracious 19th century garden of Ard Choille showcasing its spectacular autumn colours with a huge array of exotic trees and shrubs, is also home to a great diversity of fungi.

This foray takes us deep into the curiosities of the fungal realm to discover clandestine relationships between fungi and plants. Following a delicious morning tea, we will explore the diversity of the kingdom and its natural and cultural history through a selection of collected fungi.

Participants will learn how to identify fungi and why they are essential to healthy gardens. Fungi from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined.

After a light luncheon we will wander through the myriad marvellous habitats of Ard Choille Heritage Garden to search for fungi of interest.

Time: 10:30 - 15:30

Cost: $100

For further information please contact Alison at

For bookings, please contact Helen on 0408 118 318 or

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!






SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017 - KYNETON, VIC

WORKSHOP – Discovering the Fungal Curiosities of Bald Hill Reserve

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Kyneton/Macedon Ranges region but also within a wider Australian context.

It includes an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungus groups, fungal ecology and the significance of fungus-plant-animal interactions in local ecosystems. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed and examined during the workshop. The importance of fungal conservation will also be discussed in the context of local ecosystems and environmental issues.

Following the indoor session we will partake in an exciting foray through the various local habitat types of Bald Hill Reserve to search for species of interest, during which participants will learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field.

Supplementary notes will also provided.

Workshop open to the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve.

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

More information soon – further enquiries and expressions of interest: Alison:






MONDAY 01 MAY 2017 - MELBOURNE, VIC

SEMINAR - Fungal Futures – Can Foraging and Conservation be Aligned?

Public interest in the ecology and taxonomy of Australian fungi has grown over the last three decades. Coinciding with this is a growing enthusiasm for foraging for wild edible fungi.

This seminar explores the rise of foraging in Australia and potential benefits and risks involved. In particular, I examine the disparity between the level of public knowledge about fungi and that required for safe foraging; and secondly, the current lack of knowledge about fungus life histories and distribution and potential conservation issues. By reviewing similar situations in the USA and Europe, I ask how more sensitive and sustainable foraging practices could be encouraged in Australia, so as to minimise potential environmental damage, poisoning risk and the need for regulation.

Time: 20:00 – 21:00

Address: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, 3 Gardenia St Blackburn

Cost: $3- for non members

Enquiries and Bookings: Alison:

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





TUESDAY 2 MAY 2017 - BACCHUS MARSH, VIC

PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD DAY - Fungi in Focus

This photographic field day focuses on fabulous fungal subjects of the nearby Lerderderg State Park.

Fungi make stunning but challenging subjects. Participants will learn how to photograph fungi in different contexts to capture both their scientific and aesthetic nature. We will focus on the particular challenges of macro-photography such as high contrast, low light, colour issues and techniques for controlling depth of field, addressing both technical aspects of exposure management and creative aspects of composition.

The field day is aimed at those photographers using Single Lens Reflex cameras with an advanced level of photographic knowledge.

We will be working with a small group of participants and we will be outside for the entire day, so wear sturdy shoes and bring wet weather gear if necessary. A light lunch, refreshments and field notes are provided.

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: $160-

Enquiries and Bookings: Alison:

FULLY BOOKED






FRIDAY 5 MAY 2017 - NEERIM SOUTH, VIC

WORKSHOP – The Fungi – An Introduction to a Curious Kingdom

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and European contexts.

It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session we will make an exciting foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest.

Lunch, morning tea and supplementary notes are included.

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

For further information and bookings please contact Alison at

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





SUNDAY 7 MAY 2017 - BASS, VIC

WORKSHOP – The Fungi – An Introduction to a Curious Kingdom

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and European contexts.

It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session we will make an exciting foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest.

Lunch, morning tea and supplementary notes are included.

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: $50- includes a local food lunch.

For further information and bookings please contact Alison at

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!






SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017 - MELBOURNE (Fairfield), VIC

WORKSHOP – The Fungi – An Introduction to a Curious Kingdom

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and European contexts.

It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session we will make an exciting foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest.

Morning tea and supplementary notes are included (bring along a sandwich or something for lunch).

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: $85- for VINC members and $95- for non-members.

Bookings: Antoinette: 9482 1710 or

For further information please contact Alison at

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





SATURDAY 20 AND SUNDAY 21 MAY 2017 - COROWA, NSW

TWO-DAY WORKSHOP – Fungus Identification, Survey and Photography Workshop

This two-day workshop introduces participants to the diversity and ecology of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the various habitat types around Corowa and surrounding areas.

The first day begins with an overview of the major fungal groups and taxonomic methods used to identify fungi in the field. Principles of fungal ecology and conservation issues in the context of local ecosystems will also be discussed. It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar and also touch on the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session there will be a foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest and assist participants to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungus survey techniques and protocols will be demonstrated and participants will be assisted to develop a fungus species inventory for the region. Supplementary notes will also provided.

The second day addresses environmental photography with a particular focus on fungi. Participants' environmental photography projects will be discussed and issues and challenges identified. We will look at basic camera operation and principles of environmental photography and how to photograph fungi to most effectively convey the most important diagnostic features. This is a very interactive and hands-on day with both theoretical and practical sessions. Suitable for participants with all types of cameras and abilities.


Lunch, morning tea and supplementary notes are included.

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: No cost to attend but places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Bookings: Judy Kirk 02 60331137 or

Further enquiries: Alison:


OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2017 - BONEGILLA, VIC

WORKSHOP – More than Mushrooms – An Introduction to The Fungi

Mushrooms are the fungi with which most people are familiar, however fungi are much more than mushrooms! This workshop explores the diversity and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and European contexts.

It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar on some of the more curious and compelling fungi, how to identify them and their fascinating cultural and natural histories.

Fungi from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session we will make an exciting foray through the local surrounds to search for species of interest.

Lunch, morning tea and supplementary notes are included.

Time: 10:00 - 16:00


FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Bonegilla Migrant Experience: (02) 6020 6912

BOOKINGS OPEN IN FEBRUARY: The Cube Wodonga (02) 6022 9311





FRIDAY 9 JUNE 2017 - CRESWICK, VIC

WORKSHOP - Meeting with Mushrooms - Fungus Identification Workshop and Foray

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region but also within a wider Australian (and international) context.

It incudes an interactive hands-on session on the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungi from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop. Cultural significances such as edibility & toxicity will be explored.

Following the indoor session we will venture into various local habitat types to search for species of interest. Supplementary notes and morning tea will be provided.

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: $85

Bookings: or 5345 2356

Further enquiries: Alison:


OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!






SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017 - CRESWICK, VIC

WORKSHOP - Meeting with Mushrooms - Fungus Identification Workshop and Foray

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region but also within a wider Australian (and international) context.

It incudes an interactive hands-on session on the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungi from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop. Cultural significances such as edibility & toxicity will be explored.

Following the indoor session we will venture into various local habitat types to search for species of interest. Supplementary notes and morning tea will be provided.

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: $85

Bookings: or 5345 2356

Further enquiries: Alison:


OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!





SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2017 - BARINGHUP, VIC

WORKSHOP – The Fungi – An Introduction to a Curious Kingdom

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and European contexts.

It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.

Following the indoor session we will make an exciting foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest.

Lunch, morning tea, refreshments and supplementary notes are included.

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

More information soon – further enquiries and expressions of interest: Alison:







WEDNESDAY 4 to SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2017 - BIENNE, SWITZERLAND

FORAY - Swiss Autumn Mushroom Workshop

The 5-day workshop delves deep into both the ecological and cultural dimensions of fungi, situated within the mushroom-loving land of Switzerland.

We will be based in a comfortable, light and airy atelier within walking distance from the forest, the Lake of Biel, the train station and multiple accommodation options. Each day includes hands-on theoretical sessions followed by a forest foray.

Included in the workshop price are:

- Interactive hands-on fungus identification sessions.

- Exciting field trips in the Swiss Jura forests with fungus experts.

- Visits to the Pilzkontrolleur (mushroom inspector) and farmers' market.

- Three-course mushroom feast.

- Fungus film night.

- Practical session for photographing fungi

- Welcome aperitif on the first evening, lunches and refreshments on all days.

- Travel costs to the field foray sites, mushroom inspector and market are included in the price. All travel is on public transport (train, tram and funiculaire)

This workshop is strictly limited to eight participants.

Cost: $1290

Place: Workshop will run from Biel-Bienne with forays into the surrounding region.

For more information and Expressions of Interest contact Alison directly:






SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017 - MT MUSSY, FRANCE

FORAY - Autumn Mushroom Romp

Join us for an exciting forest romp to explore the curious fungus kingdom at Mt Mussy.

Learn how to identify mushrooms and the role they play in holding the forest together.

Don't forget to wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes.

The foray is followed by afternoon tea.


Time: 13:00 – 16.30
Cost: € 25 each or families € 60
More information soon – further enquiries and expressions of interest: Alison:






SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER - JURA, SWITZERLAND

FORAY - Hiking and Fungus Hunting in the Swiss Jura

This one-day event combines a guided hike through the subalpine mountain range of the Swiss Jura with foraging for fungi. The name 'Jura' is an old celtic term that means 'mountains of the forest'. Our six hour hike-foray will take us into the mixed conifer and decidious forests of the gentle rolling hills of the Jura. We will periodically stop to search for fungi in different habitat types and explore their ecological and cultural significances, differentiating edible and toxic species where possible. The region is well-known for its range of fungi including lichens. Participants will learn how and where to search for fungi and the basics of fungus identification.

The hike will be guided by accredited hiking guide, Valérie Chételat. Alison Pouliot will guide the fungus foraying and fungus identification part.

Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Cost: CHF 120-
Further enquiries and bookings: Alison:
Bookings: http://valeriechetelathiking.com/­en/­booking/­







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