LACONIA – On a walk through the woods, you’ll almost always stumble upon wild mushrooms. Beautiful and mysterious, they are sure to catch your eye. They’ll likely also leave you wondering: Can I eat that? New Hampshire Mushroom Company is coming to Laconia to help answer that vital question – and many more – in a series of Wild Mushroom Walks at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center.

The first “Wild Mushroom Walk” is perfect for adults and teens who want to learn what features to look at when beginning to identify wild mushrooms. This beginner level program will take place on Saturday, August 24 (10 am – 12 pm) and repeat on Saturday, October 5 (10 am – 12 pm). Those who are ready to dig deeper and get a more advanced look at the fascinating world of fungi can learn “More About Mushrooms!” on Saturday, September 7 (10 am – 12 pm).

Eric Milligan of NHMC will present these fun and informative ‘walk and talks’ for curious fungi enthusiasts. The aim of the programs is to equip guests with basic fungi information, but participants can also expect Eric to comically delve into the advanced scientific wonders of mycelium through personal anecdotes and company experience. Whether you are a seasoned expert who experiments in the kitchen with wild fungi foraged in the field, a basement inoculator looking to expand your collection of plastic tub mushroom farms, or a curious mycophile eager to learn more about the mysteriousness of mushrooms, Eric is the perfect guide to all things mushrooms!

The program is entirely outdoors on the trails and in the woods around Prescott Farm, so proper footwear and attention to the weather forecast is important. For more information or to register, please visit prescoottfarm.org. For more information about New Hampshire Mushroom Company, visit nhmushrooms.com.

Prescott Farm is a nonprofit 501c3 dedicated to environmental education and preservation. For more than twenty years, Prescott Farm has been a destination for people of all ages to learn about New Hampshire wildlife, ecology, natural history and cultural history through hands-on public programs and service learning opportunities in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  It is a designated wildlife viewing area with over 160 acres of idyllic farmland, forest and pastures open daily, year-round to the public including more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails, heritage gardens, and a Natural PlayScape, as well as Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool and WildQuest summer and vacation camps. For more information about Prescott Farm and all of its programming and ways to help, please visit www.prescottfarm.org.