Mushroom identification with Leah Bendlin

Both classes are the same. Please choose one. 

Please note: a worsening COVID situation may lead to cancelling the class. If that happens, your payment will be refunded in full.

Masks required;
Proof of Vaccine or a negative COVID test within 24hrs required. 


For more information, contact JoAnn Vrilakas Education Manager at

November 1 – Introduction to Mushroom Identification

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST


1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST

$35 per person/$30 for Leach Garden members

Masks required;
Proof of Vaccine or negative COVID test within 24hrs required. 

 Join us at the garden with local guide Leah Bendlin to learn about mushrooms! We’ll begin with an oral “overview to fungi”, learning about their ecological roles, forms, how they eat and reproduce and how we can begin the process of identification. Then we’ll wander in the garden and look for mushrooms, practicing our new ID skills and discussing the stories and potential uses of the species we encounter. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own mushroom field guides for outdoor practice. Leah recommends Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Trudell and All That the Rain Promises and More by Arora)

We’ll sit under the Fireplace Terrace (open on two sides and slats on the other two) for the oral overview and then be outdoors, so please be prepared for cold weather, rain or shine, and for walking on dirt trails on hillsides.

$35 per person/$30 for Leach Garden members

About the instructor:

Leah Bendlin is an expert taxonomist, aspires to learn the name of every mushroom she encounters, and delights in teaching others. She has special interests in taxonomy, uncommonly known edibles, mycoheterotrophic plants, slime molds, ascomycetes and social justice. She regularly leads mushroom ID classes and walks through various Pacific Northwest organizations and has volunteered as a teacher, identifier and board member of the Oregon Mycological Society. You can find her Instagram page, focused primarily on teaching mushroom species of the Pacific Northwest at @Leah_myceli.

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