Mushroom Identification:
Basics and Beyond


Estimated final cost: $195


With approximately 10,000 mushroom species described in North America alone, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to identifying mushrooms. This hurdle is hard to overcome for many, even though mushroom identification – much like tree or flower identification – is fairly easy to learn once a good foundation is laid.

Learning to name and relate with fungi is a life-enriching skill. Wherever you travel, mushrooms will be there, offering not just potentially free food and natural medicines, but unique opportunities to engage with the world around you.

In this course, you will learn the core skills to safely identify some of the most common wild mushrooms found across North America, Europe, and Asia.

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    • Using field guides and dichotomous keys
    • Easily identifying mushrooms by stature type (profile)
    • Using microscopes for identification
    • The taxonomy of dozens of major fungal genera
    • Dozens of species profiles of common, popular and/or culturally-important mushrooms
    • Working with fungal DNA for accurate IDs
    • Documenting observations online
    • Curating a personal mushroom collection
    • Submitting specimens to academic institutions
    • Mushroom identification as citizen science

    This course is ideal for anyone interested in identifying wild mushrooms, whether in an urban, rural, or wilderness setting. It is also ideal for those interested in natural medicine wildcrafting, nature awareness, ecological studies, plant system dynamics, and survival skills.


    — IN return —

    When you join this course, you will  receive:

    • 1-year of streaming access to 10 hours of UHD video coursework (including a blend of blackboard work, explanatory animations and images, technique demonstrations, and videos in the field)
    • Lifetime access to this class' section of the MYCOLOGOS® discussion forum
    • Downloadable PDFs of course notes
    • Project instructions and materials lists
    • Certificate of completion (upon completing course requirements and final exam)


    — About the instructor —

    Peter McCoy is the founder of MYCOLOGOS® and the author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, one of the most comprehensive books on accessible mycology written to date. For the last 10 years, Peter's unique approach to working with fungi has brought him to present to tens of thousands of people around the world. An internationally-celebrated and dedicated teacher, Peter's instruction model works to engage all modes of learning by offering a blend of visual presentations, live demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions. For more information, see Peter's full bio here.