Three small brown mushrooms

Mushrooms of the Pine Bush

Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 11:00 am

11:00 am - 01:00 PM

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This program is suitable for tweens, teens and adults.

Join us for a mid-day foray into the Albany Pine Bush in search of mushrooms. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a diversity of fungi that play an integral role in the functioning of this ecosystem. Our guide, Mr. Steve Rock has studied wild mushrooms as an active member of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association (COMA) for several decades.  Steve is a regular contributor to the Hudson River Almanac and has spoken on wild mushrooms and led foraging hunts for several organizations.

We will gather at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead (#10) and explore the trails in this region in search of mushrooms. Then we will head back to the Discovery Center to examine and discuss the species we found. Personal transportation is required.

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Trailhead #10 Hunger Kill Barrens
Directions from Discovery Center to Hungerkill Barrens (Trailhead 10). At traffic light in front of Discovery Center building, continue straight through intersection, on Old State road .7 miles to 3 way stop intersection. At the stop sign continue straight for another 0.8 miles until you see East Lydius Street on your right. Turn right onto East Lydius Street and follow it for 2.2 miles, past Guilderland's DiCaprio park on your left, until you see Benjamin Street on your left. Turn left onto Benjamin Street and follow it through a residential neighborhood until it ends at a T - intersection with Salvia Lane. Turn left onto Salvia Lane and follow it for a short distance until you come to the first stop sign. At the stop sign turn left onto DiBella Drive. Follow DiBella Drive a short distance until it dead ends at the Hungerkill Barrens parking lot and trailhead. There is room for many cars at this trailhead.

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