Join us on National Get Outdoors Day for an excursion into the Blue Mountains to learn about the plants and fungi you can eat from the forest floor.
Jeff Duke, a local firefighter with the Umatilla National Forest and mushroom aficionado will lead this LOL event. Jeff will take us off the beaten path and will discuss the environments where various mushrooms grow; how to identify, pick, store and prepare them; and how NOT to be fooled by poisonous mushrooms.
Jeff will also point out and describe other Forest edible plants including huckleberries and thimbleberry. Bring a bucket or rucksack to throw a few mushrooms in and enjoy a day hiking and exploring the Blue Mountains and its bounty!
Suitability: Children welcome, great for the family.
Difficulty: Involves hiking and standing for short periods of time.
Things to Bring
Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots for walking and standing, as well as attire suitable for a day hike. This will be a rain or shine event, so depending on the weather, a jacket, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen would be beneficial. Bring a refillable water bottle, sack lunch, a camera, nature journal, and a sense of adventure.