11/20-21 Truffles of the Siskiyous

Instructor: Scot Loring
Date: November 20-21, 9 AM-5 PM*
Location: SFI
Tuition: $165

*end time may vary slightly, please plan accordingly



Truffles are highly evolved mushrooms that have adapted for survival by “going underground,” where they often go unnoticed. In a series of labs, lectures, and field trips, you’ll discover how to find hidden truffles, both common and rare. Our instructor Scot Loring, who co-authored the soon to be published Rare Truffles of Oregon, will show you where to look for truffles, how to identify them by sight, smell and under the microscope, as well as their important ecological roles in mycorrhizal networks. Nearly 400 different types of truffles are known to exist in Oregon, and many species are found in the diverse Siskiyou bioregion. These include rare types of conservation concern, as well as some gourmet edibles that fetch exorbitant prices on the market. Ages 16 and up welcome.

*Field hikes are easy-moderate (car travel with approx. 1 mile of hiking per day)