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Walk Talk: The identification and ecology of mushrooms

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH - The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley presents Walk Talk: The Identification and Ecology of Mushrooms led by Dr. Rosalind Lowen. If you are interested in mushrooms for scientific study, edibility or you just think they are cool looking, come join us! The program will take place Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley Resort’s Town Square. The program, which begins with an indoor presentation, then heads outside to search for and identify fungi, is open to adults and families with children ages 8+. Admission is $10 per person for Rey Center members and $20 per person for non-members. Program is held rain or shine.

According to Mushrooms of Northeastern North America, a field guide by Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette and David W. Fischer, Northeastern North America boasts a wealth of extraordinarily diverse habitats for collecting and studying mushrooms. The botanical, geological and climatic variations between one area of this region and another are, in many cases, remarkable. From bogs to sand plains, mountaintops to coastal lowlands, the Northeast is virtually unrivaled in its ecological diversity.

Dr. Rosalind Lowen was an honorary research assistant at the New York Botanical Garden where she conducted research for many years. She has given programs to mushroom clubs, at nature areas and at the Northeast Mycological Federation Forays. Programs in 2010 include a weeklong course entitled Mushrooms and Other Fungi at Eagle Hill in Maine and an Ascomycete workshop at the upcoming Northeast Foray in NY. She has written about 2 dozen publications and has described several new species of fungi. She is an advisor to the Northeast poison control center. She is now retired and resides in northern New Hampshire where she continues her mycological activities.

Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, NH, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. To register for this program or for more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at www.thereycenter.org or 603-236-3308.

CONTACT: Audrey Eisenhauer Margret and H.A. Rey Center P.O. Box 286 Waterville Valley, NH 03215 (603) 236-3308 aeisenhauer@thereycenter.org