Mushroaming Online Classes


Mushroaming Online Classes Fall 2021

by Daniel Winkler - link to bio

Four Classes on Wednesdays from Sep. 22 to Oct. 15, 7-8.30pm

Note: Each class is also accessible for the next 5 days. Zoom sends a link to all participants 24h after the actual talk


When giving presentations I always feel pressured for time, there is just so much more to share about our precious mushrooms than there is time! And actually, I always feel a bit guilty overloading attendees with so much diverse information. Hence, I want to share my insights from a lifetime of mushroom hunting illustrated by my mushroom photography in a broader, less compressed, more relaxed and a bit more accessible way. 


Introduction to Mushroom Identification & Refining your ID Skills -  Sep. 22 - Registration Link

Choice Edible Mushrooms of the PNW & Beyond - Fall Favorites - Sept. 29 - Registration Link

Medicinal Mushrooms of the PNW - Oct. 6 - Registration Link

Western Boletes - On Kings, Queens, Jacks & Beyond - Oct. 13 - Registration Link


 Classes can be attended selectively or as a series. Due to software limitations, they cannot be paid for as a package, but if you register for all of them, I will send you upon request a free copy of one of my mushroom field guides.


Introduction to Mushroom Identification & Refining your ID Skills
Sep. 22 - Registration Link

This class will help people new to mushroom foraging identify wild mushrooms, but also contains abundant information to improve identification skills for more experienced mushroom hunters. Daniel will present mushrooms from many perspectives: morphology-how they look, how to identify them safely and the diverse resources available in the PNW (online, books, clubs etc.) to help you successfully forage. We will look in detail at a wide variety of mushrooms growing in the PNW with a bias toward edible fungi, highlighting characteristics important for safe identification. We will address questions like, what are they made of (incl. nutritional value), when, where and why they grow, or, in other words, what is their role in the ecosystem. Understanding mushrooms is very helpful for finding them!  All this will be illustrated with Daniel's stunning mushroom photography.


Choice Edible Mushrooms of the PNW - Fall Favorites
Sept. 29 - Registration Link

Mushrooms grow in abundance in the Pacific Northwest nearly year around. Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value and a select group are some of the best food to enjoy. The PNW is regarded as the region richest in edible mushrooms in the Western hemisphere. Our choice edible mushrooms such as morels, chanterelles, hedgehogs, king boletes, conifer's bear head and cauliflower mushroom are fairly easy to identify, helping one to overcome fungophobia and truly appreciate wild mushrooms. In this richly illustrated presentation Daniel will help you get to know, identify and find many great edible mushrooms while steering you clear of dangerous look-a-likes. You will be advised how to properly collect, carefully transport, safely prepare and reliably store your mushrooms. Key in finding prime mushrooms is getting to know their preferred habitat and their seasonality. In addition, Daniel is mixing in some fungal fun & facts from his research and Mushroaming travels. 

A review I received: 
Daniel, thank you for the great webinar! It has proved very useful to me already. In a couple of places that regularly  walk I now have found many mushrooms that I had not seen before and some I had seen but had not known much about. You covered them in your presentation and I subsequently checked out all the characteristics. Surprisingly, I found a Cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis radicata) that was in an unusual place - a knothole of a downed log. Another one that I had seen but knew little about was the Shaggy Parasol. I picked several of them today and they all checked out by your criteria and that of several books that I have -  white pores, orange staining etc. 
Thanks again for the great information. Ron K.


Medicinal Mushrooms - How to Find, Identify & Process Them
Oct. 6 - Registration Link

Daniel will share a wealth of information about and beautiful images of medicinal mushrooms. In the introduction he will discuss theories of why mushrooms hold great medicinal promise for our times, while also pointing out limitations of our knowledge when it comes to practical uses. The core presentation features the most common and useful medicinal mushrooms, showing key features to enable safe identification and provide warning signals if an ID is challenging. He also will talk about specific habitat, fruiting season and - when available - culinary value. In addition, Daniel will share traditional uses, current medical use, and documented bioactivity. Extra attention is paid to instructions on how to properly collect and process mushrooms in order to make one’s own extracts, tinctures, teas and salves. This talk is inspired by "Field Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America” Daniel co-authored with Robert Rogers.


Western Boletes - On Kings, Queens, Jacks & Beyond
Oct. 13 - Registration Link

Boletes are some of the most beautiful, intriguing and tasty mushrooms in the world. No other mushroom has triggered more enthusiasm and love than boletes. Their culinary quality in connection with abundance and relative ease of identification have helped turn King boletes into one of the most desired wild mushrooms. Although the 120+ bolete species recorded in Western North America are but a fraction out of thousands of macro-fungi that one could encounter, often there are plenty of situations when identifying a bolete can be challenging, but luckily only very few boletes are toxic. Daniel will share what characteristics assure you a safe and accurate identification, what resources will help you to develop and improve your bolete ID skills and how to best find your beloved culinary gems by discussing habitat and seasonality for boletes in Western North America.


Admission per talk is $10

if you have questions, need to pay by check or need reduced rate send me an email


Below images from my Western Boletes presentation

Hot of the Press: MycoCards - Boletes of Western North America, 55 species presented on tarot-sized flash cards

Spring King - Boletus rex-veris in its habitat and in our basket.





some more detailed bolete info for the PNW I published online 10 years ago

Some Feedback Received for the Spring Mushroom Class:

That was a terrific class, thank you for all that information, delivered so humorously....
by Anna W.

The Spring Edibles webinar on Zoom worked out very well, and was highly informative. Thank you! I'm looking forward to the Boletes webinar. 
Patty C.

Really enjoyed your talk last night. It was fun and very informative, 
Elizabeth C.

I caught your class last night on spring fungi. Great class! Iot's of great info that’s very hard to get out of field guides
Zachary C.

Thank you for the super fun and informative webinar last night. Will definitely join for another! 
Carrie V.

I just wanted to thank you for the spring mushroom talk on Wednesday this week. I learned a ton! I also have been enjoying your Bolete flashcards. 
Dan L.



Edible Spring Mushrooms of the PNW

by Daniel Winkler - link to bio

7 pm March 24, 2021

This PNW Spring Edible Mushrooms class is designed for people new to foraging as well as experienced mushroom hunters who will be able to learn new fungal facts and tricks that will enrich your life and fridge. Daniel will focus on how, when and where to find our best spring mushrooms and how to identify them safely recommending the best mushroom reference materials for the PNW and how to use these resources. All this will be illustrated with Daniel's stunning mushroom photography. Mushrooms covered will include Natural, Landscape, Blonde & Fire Morels (Morchella spp.), Spring morels or Thimble caps (Verpa bohemica) and False morels (Gyromitra montana) and how to tell them apart and safely process and prepare them. Daniel will share where to find online maps to locate last year’s burns that should burst forth in morels in a few months; Also, there will be plenty of snow melt humidity lavishly soaking mountain soils, which should not only benefit morels but also delicious Spring Kings (Boletus rex-veris) in the Cascades. A fairly easy to find low-land spring fruiter is the always abundant Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) that also has great medicinal qualities. Furthermore short-lived, but long loved Shaggy Manes (Coprinus comatus) can fruit in spring as well. The similar, but much smaller, less glorious, still enjoyable backyard & park edible Mica caps (Coprinellus micaceus) has already started to fruit and will be going for awhile. And there are several other spring & year-round mushrooms that will be covered.

Furthermore, Daniel will share ideas how to prepare your delicious spring mushrooms and will be open to questions.

Looking very much forward meeting you at the webinar!

Spots are limited and registration started already.
Admission is $10

if you have questions, need to pay by check or need reduced rate send me an email

Registration Link




A nice nest of Morchella tridentina, a "Natural" blonde morel in the black morel clade.

What an awesome Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus group) fruiting growing on a dead alder!

Beautiful Caloscypha fulgens fruits at the same time morels do, but is not edible.

Probably a young Snyder's morel (Morchella snyderi), one of our "Naturals", meaning they fruit without fire occurrence.

Morchella exima group, one of the common early fire morels

The Spring King, Boletus rex-veris, what an awesome mushroom!
Here front and back side from our new Boletes flash card deck that contains 55 Western species, available here


Gyromita montana, when well cooked a harmless and tasty False morel. My knife is available here


Stuffed morels! Filling made out of saffron rice, goat cheese, fried minced morel stems with onions & garlic, yummy!

A fresh Mica cap, Coprinellus micaceus. Mica refers to the fine grains that usually wash away with the first rain.

2 of Daniel's handy fold-out field guides, available here




Last edited on Sun, October 3, 2021, 10:21 pm