Fort Stevens mushroom programs set for October and November (2015)
I was first introduced to mushroom hunting in 2014 by Park Ranger Dan Osis at Fort Stevens State Park on the north Oregon Coast. After attending his “Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens” program, I set out on a one-mile hike armed with basket, pocket knife and new-found mushroom knowledge. Although I didn’t find the prized King Bolete or Oyster varieties, I still learned about wild mushrooms and enjoyed the hunt.
This fall’s “Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens” sessions are set for Oct. 17 and 24, and Nov. 8, 14 and 28 from 1-3 p.m. Participants should meet at Coffenbury Lake. The park also offers guided “Wild Mushroom Hikes” on Oct. 14, 21 and 25, and Nov. 10, 15 and 29, also 1-3 p.m. Participants should meet at Battery Russell.
Both programs are free, but day-use parking is $5. For more information, go to the Oregon State Parks event calendar.
Note: If you’re a mushroom newbie like myself, pick up a copy of “All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms,” by David Arora. The book was recommended to me by our Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Botanist Noel Bacheller.