Events Updated January 23, 2018

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May 26, 10 am
Tree Identification
Little Tract, Dufferin County Forest, 938130 Airport Rd (west side, about 15 km north of Highway 89, near Mansfield)
Having trouble telling the difference between ash and maple? Are the terms coniferous and deciduous a mystery to you? Join County staff to identify local native species of trees, shrubs, and a few plants on a walk through the Little Tract of the Dufferin County Forest. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. To register, contact Caroline Mach at 519-941-1114 ext. 4011.

 
June 2, 10 am
Wildflower Identification
Little Tract, Dufferin County Forest, 938130 Airport Rd (west side, about 15 km north of Highway 89, near Mansfield)
Are trilliums the only wildflowers you can identify? And is that only because they are the provincial flower? Join local life-long (since she was five!) terrestrial and aquatic botanist Dawn Renfrew on a leisurely walk through the Little Tract of the Dufferin County Forest to identify spring wildflowers. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. To register, contact Caroline Mach at 519-941-1114 ext. 4011.

 
June 9, 10 am
Edible Wild
Tottenham Tract, Simcoe County Forest (6631 2nd Line New Tecumseth, about 1.5 km north of Highway 9, south of Tottenham)
Karen Stephenson (www.ediblewildfood.com) will identify plants and describe their edible and medicinal values, ending off with a wild-plant beverage (bring your own mug). Karen is a certified Master Naturalist who has been a forager for over ten years and a wild food educator for five. Cost: $20. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. Register here.

September 15, 10 am
Edible Wild
Tottenham Tract, Simcoe County Forest (6631 2nd Line New Tecumseth, about 1.5 km north of Highway 9, south of Tottenham)
Karen Stephenson (www.ediblewildfood.com) will identify plants and describe their edible and medicinal values, ending off with a wild-plant beverage (bring your own mug). Karen is a certified Master Naturalist who has been a forager for over ten years and a wild food educator for five. Cost: $20. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. Register here.

 
Saturday, September 22, 10 am (Wallwin Tract, Simcoe County Forest, 6600 Concession Road 4, about 2.5 km north of County Road 5, near Everett)
Sunday, September 23, 10 am (Copeland Forest, near Craighurst)
Find Mushrooms Fascinating?
Join Us For One or Both Forays!
Have you always wondered what those mushrooms growing under your pine trees are? Are you curious to know about the relationships between mushrooms and trees? Do you wonder why we have mushrooms at all? If you want these and all your other questions about mushrooms answered, join renowned naturalist Bob Bowles and learn how mushrooms grow, where they grow, how to identify them, their relationship with trees and the soil, and what species are edible. Cost: $15. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. Register here.

Please bring a basket and wax paper for collecting mushrooms, as well as (if you wish) a snack/drink, mushroom identification guide(s) and any fresh mushrooms from your own property that you wish to have identified.

Although these events are geared toward beginners in mushroom identification, even those more experienced are bound to pick up some new information. Bob Bowles has spent many years studying the fungi (as well as the other flora and fauna) of Simcoe County. He is very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for the natural world in contagious. Don’t be surprised if in the middle of discussing mushrooms, he pauses to identify a butterfly or dragonfly that flits past. An experience not to be missed!