Mushroom enthusiast and author Greg Marley will lead a mushroom identification and collection workshop at Merryspring Nature Center on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m.. to 3 p.m.

Maine’s wild mushrooms offer an opportunity to sustainably collect many gourmet edible and medicinal mushrooms. Greg Marley leads this day long class to build the skills to identify common mushrooms, including well-known edibles, poisonous species, and useful medicinal varieties.

The program will combine both lecture and outdoor experience to give beginners a crash course in identification, morphology, fungus ecology, collection, preparation and cooking, and recognizing mushroom habitat.

This is an outdoor program. Guests should wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes and bring a bagged lunch. The cost of this class is $70 for the all-day session, with a discounted rate of $60 for members of Merryspring. Limited space is available, so pre-registration is required.

Greg Marley has been collecting, studying, eating, growing, and teaching about mushrooms for over 40 years. He is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, as well as the author of “Mushrooms for Health” from Downeast Books, 2009 and “Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares” from Chelsea Green, 2010. Greg is also a clinical social worker and behavioral health consultant specializing in suicide prevention.

This program is part of the Weekend Workshops series, sponsored by Camden Real-Estate. Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information or to sign up for this class, please contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or