Fabulous Fall Fungi 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - 9:30 AM
Friday, September 30th, 2011 - 4:00 PM

Course Description

In this three-day workshop, you will learn to identify a wide variety of mushrooms and other fungi growing in great abundance at this time of year. Time will also be spent discussing fungal ecology, edibles & medicinals, and how to demystify the scientific names. In addition, we will look at slime moulds, a fascinating group of organisms traditionally studied by mycologists. Suitable for all levels, this workshop is a wonderful opportunity to increase your FQ (Fungal Quotient).

Maximum: 12 adults.

Instructor Bio

Richard Aaron, B.A., M.B.A.

Richard is a seasoned naturalist with a wide range of interests. He has lead walks, conducted workshops and presented lectures on a variety of topics to more than three dozen organizations in Canada and the States. He has also worked as a provincial park naturalist.

Richard is one of the most knowledge people in the province when it comes to fungi. He has conducted public and private mushroom surveys, founded a microscope study group, and created a field checklist which is used by several mushroom clubs. In 2000, he was the subject of a feature article in Seasons magazine (now ON Nature magazine) which followed him around as he led a guided mushroom walk. Witty, passionate and knowledgeable, he is the perfect guide to introduce you to the mysterious and intriguing world of mushrooms and other fungi.


The workshop will be held at Queen’s University Biological Station, located near Chaffey’s Lock, about 50 km north of Kingston, Ontario.

Cost & Application

The fee for the workshop is $250. Fees are all inclusive covering instruction, meals and accommodation at the Biological Station. The Biological Station does not provide bedding or bath items. Participants will need to bring bedding for a single bed (or a sleeping bag), a pillow, towel and facecloth, and personal toiletries.

To secure a spot in the workshop (please specify which Session you prefer), send contact information (name, address, telephone #, Fax #, email) and a money order (preferred) or personal cheque for the deposit of $50.00 Cdn payable to Queen’s University to:

Frank Phelan
Manager and Senior Instructor
Queen’s University Biological Station
280 Queen’s University Road
RR#1 Elgin, Ontario K0G 1E0

Deposit payments will be held until there are sufficient registrations for the course to proceed.

Applicants will be notified as soon as enough registrations are received to run the course. If we do not receive enough registrations and the course is cancelled, deposits will be returned. Once the course is confirmed with enough registrants, if a participant cancels for reasons other than medical/compassionate, the deposit will not be returned. However, if a replacement registrant is found, then the deposit will be returned for a cancellation.

The remainder of the payment for the workshop is payable upon arrival at QUBS, money order or cash preferred.

For further information contact Station Manager Frank Phelan at QUBS (Tel 613-359-5629) (Fax 613-359-6558) (email: phelanf@queensu.ca)

Things to Bring


  • sleeping bag (or sheets and blanket), pillow, towel, facecloth and personal toiletries
  • flashlight
  • hat, sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather forecasts (sun and warm and wet and cool)
  • sunscreen
  • collecting basket with handle, such as a 6- or 7-litre fruit basket, or something fancier
  • sharp knife with stiff or locking handle (for cleanly removing specimens from substrate)
  • pen/pencil & notebook
  • whistle (to summon help if needed)
  • compass or personal GPS


  • mushroom field guides (recommended: Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada – George Barron; National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms – Gary Lincoff)
  • 10x loupe
  • laptop computer handy for independent research (QUBS has wi-fi)


  • camera