Greg Marley will offer a 6 1/2-hour class on “Foraging for Maine’s Wild Mushrooms; an Identification Class” on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Merryspring Nature Center.

Individuals who have always wanted to collect their own edible mushrooms but don’t feel confident, come spend the day with Greg Marley. This noted Maine mycologist will lead participants through a fun and informative class to help one build skills and confidence in identifying mushrooms. When summer comes to Maine, the forest teems with wild mushrooms in an astounding variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are edible, most are not, and a small percentage are poisonous. It’s this fear of poisoning that stops most people from eating this great-tasting and healthy food.

In this mixture of lecture, show and tell, and time in the woods, participants will learn:

An overview of mushroom identification, the range of mushroom types and the common groups, common edible, medicinal, and toxic mushroom of Maine, ecology, natural history, and folklore of mushrooms, cooking and medicinal use tips.

Marley will focus on the summer and fall mushrooms, those growing at this time of year. If possible, the day will end with a simple sauté of the edible mushrooms found so everyone has an opportunity to taste. Participants are invited to bring fresh mushrooms for identification. Classes will be held rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather and for a good brisk walk in the woods.

Marley has been pursuing mushrooms for more than 35 years and has led scores of walks and classes. His expertise includes foraging, cultivation of mushrooms, cooking wild species, the ecology of mushrooms, and the use of medicinal mushrooms. He is founder of Mushrooms for Health, a company offering healing mushroom supplements and education. He also is the author of “Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeast Fungi” (Down East Books, 2009) and “Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms” (Chelsea Green, 2010). Marley also serves as a volunteer identification consultant to poison centers across New England.

This cost of each class is $50 for Merryspring members; $60 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. To register call 236-2239. For more information on the class, call 319-4556.

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