Nature and mushroom walk set for Sept. 30

Sep 15, 2017
Courtesy of: Noreen Marchand Kirk Gentalen leads a nature and mushroom walk at Erickson Fields Preserve Sept. 30.

Rockport — Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a free nature and mushroom walk Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West St.

MCHT land steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead us on a guided hunt for the natural treasures of the forest and fields. A huge variety of native mushrooms appear throughout the woods, and Gentalent loves to share his enthusiasm for the natural world with all ages.

He has more than 20 years' 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 ecosystem will be the focus of this day’s outing, but every species is different. “You can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk,” Gentalen said.. “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.

Attendees will get a preview of the Erickson Fields Connector Trail to be completed at the end of September. The trail connects Erickson Fields Wellness Trail to Beech Hill Road and is part of a longer pathway connecting Goodies Beach to the top of Beech Hill!. MCHT will celebrate the grand opening of the trail with the public Oct. 14.

Registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated. Email jalbury@mcht.org or call Joelle Albury at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm office at 236-2739.

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