Mushroom immersion at the Highlands Biological Station

out mushroomsExplore the diversity of fungi in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and their relationships with native plants through upcoming programs at the Highlands Biological Station.

A lecture titled “Soul Mates for Life: Native Plants and Their Fungal Partners” will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 31 as part of the Zahner Lecture Series. Learn how co-evolution of native plants and fungi has caused the species to form relationships so critical that one cannot exist without the other.

A guided fungi foray from Jay Justice and Richard Baird will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Baird has been collecting fungi for the study of forest health and ecosystems for more than 30 years, with Highlands Biological Station as his home base since 1980. Justice has studied fungi for a similar length of time and last year received the 2013 Best Amateur Mycologist award from the North American Mycology Association. 

The lecture is free with no RSVP required; the foray is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers with reservations required. Sign up at


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