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Wild Mushrooms 101 Workshop in High Park

Sunday, September 8, 2-5PM

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for all our events, hikes and workshops. We do this to ensure we don’t exceed our capacity for indoor events or the maximum limits for group sizes on High Park’s ecologically sensitive trails. Please register on our website before coming to High Park.

We cannot guarantee availability of walk-in spots. If an event is at capacity, please put yourself on our waitlist. We will notify waitlisted participants if we open up new spots or sessions for our events. Please contact us if you have any questions.

NOTE: We will not be foraging for mushrooms in High Park. Foraging is not permitted in city, provincial or national parks. Many nature reserves, conservation areas and forests also do not allow foraging. Be sure to research foraging and harvesting laws in the different places you visit. When legally engaging in foraging, we encourage you to not overharvest, take only what you need and also give back to nature.

Wild Mushrooms 101 Workshop in High Park Details

There are thousands of mushroom species in eastern North America. These fungi come in all sorts of interesting shapes, sizes and colours. Even their names are unique and intriguing. But how do you tell them apart, know which ones are edible and which ones are toxic, and more?

Join us and popular outdoor educator and avid forager Stephan Lukacic for a deep dive into the science, ecology, and methodology of modern mushroom hunting and identification. This short, intensive workshop is designed to demystify wild mushrooms, giving you a solid foundation on which to build future naturalist skills. Following a thorough and engaging seminar, we’ll hike around High Park to try our hand at identifying wild mushrooms.

This workshop is best suited for adults and teenagers ages 16 and above.

NOTE: We will not be foraging for mushrooms in High Park. Foraging is not permitted in city, provincial or national parks. Many nature reserves, conservation areas and forests also do not allow foraging. Be sure to research foraging and harvesting laws in the different places you visit. When legally engaging in foraging, we encourage you to not overharvest, take only what you need and also give back to nature.

Price: $66

Please bring:

  • A pen or pencil
  • Dress for the weather. This workshop will take place rain or shine. Make sure you bring good hiking shoes, hat, sweater, waterproof jacket and a readiness to be in the outdoors.
  • A camera (your cell phone works too) to take photos and ID mushrooms

Note: This workshop will also take place on July 14 and August 11.

Stephan Lukacic Website Bio Pic - credit Stephan Lukacic

Stephan Lukacic

Stephan Lukacic is an avid outdoor educator and forager who teaches foraging workshops around Ontario. He also offers guided fishing though his small outfitting business, and writes for Outdoor Canada Magazine and other publications. He creates hunting, fishing, foraging, and organic gardening content on his Instagram channel @stevie_funfur, which is largely focused on sustainability, self-reliance, nature, and living a healthy outdoors lifestyle. He previously worked as a music producer and touring musician who lived and worked in several countries around the world.

Sunday, September 8, 2-5PM

Note: This workshop will also take place on July 14 and August 11.

This workshop is suitable for adults and teenagers ages 16 years and above.

This event will begin at the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

A number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy that might influence your decision to drive to High Park. In case you’re driving we strongly recommend you to park your car at the public parking lot near Grenadier Cafe.

We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your event is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit.

Visit our How To Get Here page to learn more about planning your trips to High Park.

$66

  • A pen or pencil
  • Dress for the weather. This workshop will take place rain or shine. Make sure you bring good hiking shoes, hat, sweater, waterproof jacket and a readiness to be in the outdoors.
  • A camera (your cell phone works too) to take photos and ID mushrooms

Hike routes through High Park might include some uneven terrain and mild slopes.

The High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building is not yet an AODA-compliant facility. We try our best to accommodate accessibility needs on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us about any accessibility-related questions you might have.

We welcome registered therapy or guide dogs to our events. However, we kindly ask that that family pets be left at home.

Registration Policies

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