Greg Marley, noted amateur mycologist, will present a single-day mushrooming workshop Sunday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.

Many people would like to be able to collect and eat some of the world-class edible mushrooms that fruit out in fields and forests, but lack the skills to safely do so. During the workshop, Marley will provide participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to begin to identify common Maine wild mushrooms.

The morning is a mix of lecture and demonstration using fresh mushrooms and photos of Maine mushrooms to give participants the foundation knowledge necessary to begin to identify common mushrooms. After lunch the workshop moves into the forest to view and collect mushrooms in the field. This will support the material addressed in the morning session and focus on those mushrooms fruiting at the time the class is meeting. Participants are invited to bring mushrooms collected on their own property for identification and to add to the day’s diversity. Baskets, curiosity and mushroom field guides are recommended as equipment for the day. Class will be held rain or shine. Throughout the day, Marley will respond to the interests of the participants regarding any aspect of wild or medicinal mushrooms in Maine.

Marley has been pursuing his passion for mushrooms for more than 30 years. During the past 20 years he has led numerous mushroom walks, talks and classes and along the way ignited the passion for mushroom foraging in several hundred Mainers. He is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a small company offering a select line of medicinal mushroom products for sale, and is author of “Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeast Fungi” by Down East Books and the soon to be published “Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares; The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms.”

The workshop is $60 for non-members and $50 for members. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To reserve a slot, or for more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit

Merryspring is a member-supported nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden.