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Join the Florida Museum and mushroom experts Alan and Arleen Bessette for a FREE day of fungal fun in partnership with the Florida Academic Lichen and Fungi Enthusiasts League. Walk through the University of Florida’s Natural Area Teaching Lab before learning about the habits of Gulf Coast mushrooms. Discover edible and toxic fungi, check out fresh specimens, make your own spore prints and learn about mushroom cultivation!

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FALAFEL logoGuests taking part in the fungal foray are encouraged to wear walking shoes, outdoor clothes and bring water and a rain jacket or umbrella in case of rain.

Attendees are welcome to drop in at any time during this all-day program.


10 a.m.-noon
Meet at the outdoor picnic tables in front of the Museum for a fungal foray and mushroom walk with the Bessettes through the UF Natural Area Teaching Lab.

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Break/optional bag lunch at picnic tables in front of the Museum.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Presentation by Alan Bessette – “Dixie Chicks: The Hangouts and Habits of Gulf Coast Mushrooms.”

2:30-4 p.m.
Demos and display in the Museum’s classrooms. Activities include mushroom cultivation and spore prints.

Please note the Florida Museum opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Sundays. While the event activities are FREE, there is an admission charge for the Butterfly Rainforest and Crocs exhibits.


Name: Chelsea Collison, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2062



Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000


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