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Environment 

Special Sessions

GROWING NATIVE GRASSES
Native grasses are beautiful, hardy and attract wildlife. Learn how to grow native grasses as decorative plants or to replace a water hungry
lawn. This session will be conducted online.

WHY LOCALLY INDIGENOUS PLANTS?
This session will be conducted online and will provide advice about selecting plants that are not only suited to the local environment but that are particularly adapted to the area. Planting trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses that are found in your local area ensures they will thrive in the conditions.
What are forbs? Join us to find out!
Having local indigenous plants in your garden is good for the local fauna as well – for food, shelter and other things such as pollination. Learn about the local plants that you can plant to attract birds and animals to your garden, or bush block.

NATIVE FUNGI FORAY - held in season
This foray will focus on identifying fungi in native forests and recording them for conservation purposes using the iNat app. Please wear
weather appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for walking in the bush.
Time: approximately 2 hours.

MUSHROOM FORAGING WORKSHOP - held in season
Learn to forage for edible mushrooms safely. This workshop and foray will focus on mushrooms that grow in pine forests and plantations.
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for walking in the bush.
Also bring a basket or box to carry your mushrooms in.
Time approximately 2-3 hours.

MUSHROOM MICROSCOPY WORKSHOPS  
Many mushrooms can't be identified by macro features alone. Using a microscope to view spores and other microscopic features is essential to identifying these kind of fungi. Good quality microscopes have become affordable to amateurs.
This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate.

If you have a mushroom you want identified please bring it along!

You will learn:

  • How to use different types of microscopes including compound,
  • stereo, oil immersion lens and camera attachments.
  • The different parts of the mushroom and how to use them for
  • identification.
  • Microscopic structures; how to recognise them, what they are and
  • how to use them in identification.
  • How to prepare slides, including rehydrating dried samples,
  • taking samples from different parts of the mushroom to view
  • different features, using stains, making a spore print, etc.
  • All materials included