ROCKPORT – Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead attendees on a guided hunt for the natural treasures of the forest and fields at MCHT’s Erickson Fields Preserve Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. A variety of native mushrooms appear throughout the woods and Gentalen will discuss these fascinating fungi. He has over 20 years of experience, leading hikes and sharing the fungal world with thousands of people from Alaska to Maine.

The natural history of mushrooms and their role in the ecosystems will be the focus of the day’s outing, but every species is different. “You can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk,” said Gentalen. “Having a group look for, find, and really discover the world of fungus is a unique setting for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn!” This walk is suitable for all ages.

The walk will focus on non-edible mushrooms, but Gentalen will also share his knowledge of birds, tracking, and the animal and plant life of Erickson Fields. “It will be awesome, ” he said, “It could be epic!”

Erickson Fields Preserve is at 164 West St., Rockport. Space is limited to 12 people. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and all attendees must wear sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and facemasks. Registration is required and available online at For more information, email or call 236-2739.