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Immerse yourself in an intensive weekend of lectures, workshops and field
    excursions designed to teach beginners the basics of mushroom

               October 12 to 14, 2007

  The Brother Brennan Environmental
                    Education Centre
                                 In Salmonier

 Get to know your Newfoundland mushrooms under the instruction of
                             Dr. Andrus Voitk.
           All meals and accommodations included in registration fees
                 Special rates for families and students
                          For further inquiries contact:
                       Lisa van Nostrand (709) 895-1085
                        Helen Spencer (709) 437-5097

       For registration forms go to
                     MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS

       Much Ado About Mushrooms (MAAM) will be a week-end getaway in a marvelous
wilderness location on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, just 1¼ hours drive from St
John’s. Accommodation and all meals are provided so that participants can dedicate
themselves entirely to learning about wild mushrooms under the guidance of a dedicated
and knowledgeable instructor. Much Ado About Mushrooms is intended for enthusiastic
beginners, who wish to learn to identify many of the beautiful (and sometimes edible or
poisonous) mushrooms of Newfoundland.

        MAAM will take place from 5pm Friday, October 12 until 3.45 pm Sunday, October
14, 2007. Registration will be from 5pm until 6pm with supper at 6.15pm. Following will be
an intensive and fun-filled 2 days of lectures, excursions into the woods, workshops with
hands-on identification of mushrooms and a mushroom cook-out. Finally, on Sunday
afternoon, accompanied by knowledgeable mycophiles, participants will search the woods
for edible mushrooms to take home with them.

        The instructor for the week-end will be Dr. Andrus Voitk of the Humber Natural
History Society. Dr. Voitk is a mycophile, who for the past several years has gathered
mycologists from all over the world to participate in our annual Fungal Foray in an attempt
to identify the thousands of species of mushrooms growing in Newfoundland and
Labrador. He has extensive experience teaching and getting people enthusiastic about
mushrooms. He will be assisted by Maria Voitk another knowledgeable mushroom

        MAAM is not a mushroom foray but a course to identify mushrooms. A foray
concentrates on collecting and identifying as many species as possible. A course
concentrates on learning basic concepts of identification, dealing with a few species.
Lectures and workshops are the core of a course. In an outdoor setting theory and
practice are so close that learned material can be tested in the field and taken back to the

       MAAM will be held at the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre
(BBEEC). This is a wilderness residential school, primarily used by students of the Eastern
School District, located off Salmonier Line, and reached by driving 13 km of woods road. It
is a modern facility, located in a fabulous location for teaching about the environment by
immersing students in the subject. The surrounding multi-aged boreal forest has a wealth
of mushrooms, perfect for hands-on learning.

        To reach the BBEEC from the Trans Canada Highway, take the St Mary’s Bay exit
(Route 90 Salmonier Line, approx. 47 km from St John’s) and drive 11 km towards St
Mary’s Bay. Shortly after the “Salmonier General Store’, turn right onto Vineland Road (a
dirt road) and follow this for 7km, turn right down Tower Road, which is signposted for
“The Environmental Centre”. Drive 5.5 km and turn right again into the Centre’s driveway
(signposted for the centre). Please be aware that it is necessary to limit your speed on the
dirt road and 13 km seems longer than that the first time you drive it, so keep an eye on
your vehicle’s distance meter!

       The Centre can accommodate 70 people and is designed for school groups. There
are bunk rooms, mostly for 6 people and a limited number of rooms for 2, and shared
washrooms with showers. In order to make the learning environment as effective as
possible registration for MAAM is limited to 20 participants plus volunteers. Some sharing
of bunkrooms will be required so, if you know, please state who you wish to share with,
otherwise a room be will assigned for you.

        The organizers and instructors of MAAM feel that children would enjoy many
aspects of a week-end devoted to mushrooms and, of course, are at a perfect age to
develop an interest. However, since the attention span of children (and adults!) varies,
volunteers have agreed to put on some alternate environmental activities for young
children for parts of the w/e. These same volunteers also hope to learn as much as they
can about mushrooms and stress that they are not babysitters. Children are most heartily
welcome, but we must emphasize that their accompanying adults are responsible for the
children’s wellbeing over the w/e.

        Fees are payable in full at the time of registration. Organizers reserve the right to
cancel if fewer than 15 adults register, in which case all fees will be returned.
Cancellations will be subject to a $15 fee per person up to September 28. Thereafter there
will be a $100 cancellation fee unless someone takes the place of the cancelled person in
which case $15 will apply. If possible a reserve participant list will be kept in case of
cancellations. There will be no reduction in fee for people opting to stay elsewhere. We
prefer that everyone stay at the Centre, which is ideally located for our program, and will
enable the shared goal of learning about mushrooms in a fun and relaxed atmosphere to

       To learn more about the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre visit our

       If you have questions contact:
       Lisa vanNostrand (709) 895-1085
       Or Helen Spencer (709) 437- 5097
                      MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS

                     Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre

Friday, October 12, 2007

5.00 pm – 6.00pm Cookhouse - dining room
Registration and Welcome

6pm Cookhouse dining room
Introduction to instructors and participants.

7pm – 8pm Classroom
Lecture 1 “Introduction to Mushrooms”

8.20pm – 9.20pm Classroom
Lecture 2 “Identification – what features to look for.”

Campfire Camp-fire circle or ‘A frame’ building depending on the weather

Saturday, October 13, 2007

8pm – 9pm Cookhouse - dining room

9.00am Classroom
Lecture 3 “Most gilled white spored mushrooms”

10.30am – 12 noon
Fieldwork I – collecting and identifying

12.10pm Cookhouse - dining room

1.10pm Classroom
Workshop I
       1. making spore prints
       2. using keys and books to identify mushrooms
A: Demonstration lecture
B: Practical application

3pm Cookhouse - dining room


4.15pm Classroom

5pm Cookhouse deck
Mushroom munch

6pm Cookhouse – dining room

7.15pm Classroom
Lecture 4 “Other gilled mushrooms”
Lecture 5 “Non-gilled mushrooms”

9.15pm Camp-fire circle or ‘A frame’ building depending on the weather

Sunday, October 14, 2007

8.30am Cookhouse - dining room

9.15am Classroom

10.30am Cookhouse - dining room

10.45am Classroom

12.00 Cookhouse - dining room

1pm Classroom
What did we find?
TABLES SESSIONS with the leaders

2.15pm fieldwork – pick edible mushrooms to take home

3.45pm Cookhouse - dining room
Thanks and evaluation
                      MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS
                                 OCTOBER 12 TO 14, 2007
                                  REGISTRATION FORM

Name: __________________________________ Date: ___________________

Address: ________________________________________________________

_______________________________________ Code: ___________________

Tel. _______________________ Email: _______________________________


Adults (names) ……….…………………………………………. #__ x                           $170   _____

Student (names) …………..…………………………………….. #__ x$140 _____

Children (16 years and under, must be with an adult)…….. # __x$90 _____

(names) ……………………………………………………..

Field Guide
A little illustrated book of common mushrooms of Newfoundland and Labrador
by Andrus Voitk (Final deadline for book order is Sept 21) ……    # __x$20            _____

                                                              Total …….     $       _____

      Deadline for registration is Sept 28
      Please enclose a cheque made out to “Environmental Education Commission”
      Enclose a signed waiver for EACH participant
      Mail the waivers, forms and cheque to:
                          Environmental Education Commission,
                                       P.O. Box 2265
                                       St John’s, NL
                                          A1C 6E6

Special Dietary Needs? ___________________________________________

I/we would like to share a bunkroom with _____________________________


(If no request is made we will assign people to share, if needed,)
                     MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS

         I understand that during my participation in the events that constitute the “Much
ado about Mushrooms” week-end, organized by volunteers of the Friends of the Brother
Brennan Environmental Education Centre (BBEEC) and hosted by the Brother Brennan
Environmental Education Centre, henceforth known as “MAAM”, and which includes
lectures, walks through the forest to collect wild mushrooms, handling and identification
of wild mushrooms, meals, including as a food course mushrooms collected by
participants, teachers and organizers of the MAAM, accommodations and travel to and
from the BBEEC, I may be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, foreseen and
unforeseen, which are inherent in the MAAM and cannot be removed without destroying
the unique character of the MAAM. These risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers
of serious personal injury, property damage and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from
exposure to the hazards of travel, including 13 km of dirt road en-route to the BBEEC,
mushrooms that may be poisonous, toxic or cause unforeseen allergic or other adverse
reactions in individuals, both independently and in conjunction with other substances,
including wine or other alcoholic spirits, and the chance of getting lost in the area
surrounding the BBEEC which is in a remote location. MAAM organizers and teachers
have not tried to minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and
Damages can be caused by natural causes or activities of other person, MAAM organizers
and instructors, animals and assistants or third parties either as a result of negligence or
because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries and Damage are
involved during travel to remote locations such as is the BBEEC and I appreciate that I
have to exercise extra care for my own person or others around me in the face of such
hazards. I further understand that on this MMW there may not be rescue or medical
facilities or expertise to deal with the Injuries and Damages to which I may be exposed.
         In consideration of my acceptance as a participant on the MAAM, I confirm my
understanding that:
         I have read these and other terms and conditions applicable to the MAAM made
available to me; I will pay any costs and fees for the MAAM; and I acknowledge that my
participation is at the discretion of the organizers and instructors.
         This Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law. If
any provision or any part of any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or legally
unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected
thereby and shall remain valid and fully enforceable.
         To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS AND
RELEASE FROM LIABILITY, the Friends of the Environmental Education Centre, the
Environmental Education Commission and their officers, directors, employees and
volunteers as well as the instructors and organizers of the MAAM week-end from any and
all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if
caused by negligence of the Friends of the Environmental Education Centre, the
Environmental Education Commission and their officers, directors, employees and
volunteers as well as the instructors and organizers of the MAAM weekend or any other
parties in any way connected with the BBEEC or the MAAM. I further agree to HOLD
HARMLESS the Friends of the Environmental Education Centre, the Environmental
Education Commission and their officers, directors, employees and volunteers as well as
the instructors and organizers of the MAAM week-end from any claims, damages, injuries
or losses caused by my own negligence while a participant in the event. I understand and
intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, administrators
and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the outing.
         I have read this document in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all
risks of such Injuries and Damages and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate
in the MAAM week-end.
Signed: ________________________________ Date: ____________________

If you are a minor (under age 19), your parent or legal guardian must sign this Agreement
on your behalf.
I hereby agree and consent to the foregoing Agreement on behalf of the minor named

Name of minor: _____________________________

Signed: ______________________ Name of signatory (print) _____________

Date: _____________________

                                EMERGENCY CONTACT

In the case of an emergency during the MAAM week-end, I would like the following

Name: ________________________ Phone number: ____________________
                   MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS
                                  EQUIPMENT LIST

1.    Sleeping bag or sheets/covers (for bunk beds)
2.    Pillow
3.    Personal wash/grooming items & towel
4.    Hiking boots or sturdy shoes or rubber boots
5.     Indoor shoes or slippers
6.    Waterproof jacket/pants (note October is hunting season – bright colours are
7.    Hat & mittens
8.    Warm clothing and spares
9.    Small backpack
10.   Water bottle, sunscreen, fly repellent (as you feel you need)
11.   Small first-aid kit, whistle, compass are all recommended for woods walks (a local
      map will be provided)
12.   Camera (optional)
13.   Mushroom field guide ( Andrus Voitk’s A little illustrated book of common
      mushrooms of Newfoundland and Labrador is recommended - can be ordered with
14.   Basket or large bag and small containers/ wax paper for collecting mushrooms
15.   Knife (for picking mushrooms)
16.   Paper and pencil

            If you wish to have wine/beer etc with your meals or at the campfire, feel
             free to bring it along.
            The Centre’s seating is set up primarily for classes of school children, if
             you need a more comfortable seat for relaxation we recommend you bring
             a fold-up camp chair.

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