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April 09, 2013

Burke Mushroom Programs Explore the Power of Fungi

May 2013
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – Discover how mushrooms are saving the world! From new, eco-friendly packaging, to oil spill clean-up, come see the power of fungi at the Burke Museum’s mushroom programs in May.

Talk: Solutions from Underground: How Mushrooms Can Heal the Planet, with Paul Stamets
Friday, May 10, 2013, 7 pm, Kane Hall 120, UW Campus
FREE for all
Pre-registration is full! Additional seating available on a first-come, first-served basis, sign up begins at 6:15 pm at Kane Hall.

Paul Stamets is a groundbreaking Mycologist whose research demonstrates how fungi can help with oil clean-up, habitat restoration, insect control, and the treatment of smallpox. In this talk, he discusses how our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for better health for ourselves, and a sustainable future for our planet.

Special Event: Mushroom Maynia!
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 am – 4 pm, Burke Museum

Fungi play an important role in the ecological life of the Pacific Northwest. Mycology—the study of fungi—is intimately connected to the studies of forestry, botany, ecology, medicine, and the culinary arts. Come explore these marvelous mushrooms and leave with recipes, mushroom adventure plans, and a new appreciation for these funky fungi.

  • Attend talks on the power of mushrooms from local mycologists
  • Try a tasty mushroom treat
  • Bring mushrooms for identification
  • Take part in fun fungi crafts for all ages
  • Learn how to cultivate your own edible mushrooms

Talks include:

10:30 am "How to Collect Wild Mushrooms," with Hildegard Hendrickson

11:30 am "Fungi as Nature's Recyclers" with Milton Tam 

12:30 pm “Mycoremediation, Restoration, and the Potential for Combined Biological Technologies to Heal the Environment” with Howard Sprouse from The Remediators

1:30 pm “What is a Mushroom?” with Marian Maxwell

2:30 pm “New and Innovative Uses for Fungi,” with Rory Pease 

Mushroom Maynia! is included in the price of admission and is FREE for Burke members.

Presented by the Burke Museum, the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and the Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation.

Weekend Activities @ the Burke: Washington Plants
Saturdays & Sundays in May, 11 am – 3 pm, Burke Museum
Every weekend in May, explore the plants of Washington at the Burke. See native plants from the collections, make your own plant press to take home, and tour the Erna Gunther Ethnobotanical Garden. Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members.

High resolution images available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

A selection of some of the featured fungi displayed at last year’s Mushroom Maynia.
Photo by Lora Shinn.