Weekly Meetings:
- podcast
- pictures
- blog reporting
- sketches
- video
What helps us remember the experience?
What helps virtual participants learn?

Match disciplines with tools that communicate to that mushroom interest group.
ex: Art:Mushroom = John Cage, Allan Kaprow, NYMS ---> Exhibition?
ex: Architecture:Mushroom = infrastructure > Built Structure?
ex: Sociology:Mushroom = cuisine/religious ceremonies/medicinal use ---> meal/ceremony/tutorial
ex: Interdisciplinary Research:Mushroom = rhizome (Delueze, etc) ---> Biking/Hunting Trip
ex: Science:Mushroom = bioremediation ---> Hands On Labs

? : mushroom ---> Art
? : musrhoom ---> TShirt?

VanCortlandt Park has 2 NYMS walks
and we can contact: Wavehill, SOBRO, Sustainable South Bronx, Green Worker Cooperative, The Point and Bronx River Arts (Natalie is on the Board).
What would we do on their site?
How many kids can be involved?
What educational value does it have?
Time: weekend, after-school, during school, age-levels/grade levels, standards alignment, hands-on activity? How long etc etc.

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Our 3rd Mushroom Hunt - June 8, 2009....After an all-day rain on Friday, Monday had to be good for new mushrooms to appear. What we didn't expect was seeing the early appearance of some summer mushrooms. First, though, we did a mushroom "hunt" through a market, as a model for what we could do by visiting all the ethnic markets in NYC. We visited Barzini's on B'way & 91st St. On entering the market, like entering the woods, the question is: where are the mushrooms? We found 3 different areas of mushrooms. One was a section of "salad" mushrooms, then there was a row of little packages of various dried mushrooms, and then there was a whole area of fresh mushrooms, at least 10 different kinds, including chanterelles and king boletes, two beech mushrooms, enoki, oysters, shiitake, portobello, cremini, and white button mushrooms. Then, we walked over to Central Park. We found many small "lawn mower's mushrooms" (Panaeolina foenisecii) hidden in a white clover-rich grassy area, almost impossible to see at first. With mushrooms, there are "hot spots," where many different mushrooms occur at the same time. We walked over to one of these, the one just north of the Shakespeare theater-in-the-park, at 81st St. We found 3 truly tiny mushrooms growing in grass. One is a Tubaria, the second a Conocybe or Galerina, and the 3rd a Laccaria, like a pygmy L. laccata. There was a yellowish cap of a Lyophyllum decastes, but the find of the day was a patch of boletes. We found a half dozen or more Boletus subvelutipes, an orange pored bolete with yellow flesh that on cutting turns indigo blue instantly. These are large, meaty mushrooms but, alas, not recommended for eating: they are reported to cause stomach upsets in some people. Beside and around the boletes were 3 different Russulas - all some shade of red. The Russulas and the bolete are associated (mycorrhizal) with the nearby oak trees. This is about the earliest in June that they have been recorded in the park. And more rain is expected. We ended the mushroom hunt by finding a tree with the season's first ripe mulberries and a tree almost entirely ripe with juneberries (Amelanchier). A very tasty treat to end another successful forage.

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