MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS Immerse yourself in an intensive weekend of lectures, workshops and field excursions designed to teach beginners the basics of mushroom identification. October 12 to 14, 2007 at 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 www.brotherbrennancentre.ca MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS INFORMATION 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 enthusiast. 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 desk. 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 materialize. To learn more about the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre visit our website www.brotherbrennancentre.ca If you have questions contact: Lisa vanNostrand (709) 895-1085 Or Helen Spencer (709) 437- 5097 MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS PROGRAM Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre Friday, October 12, 2007 5.00 pm – 6.00pm Cookhouse - dining room Registration and Welcome 6pm Cookhouse dining room Supper 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.” 9.30pm Campfire Camp-fire circle or ‘A frame’ building depending on the weather Saturday, October 13, 2007 8pm – 9pm Cookhouse - dining room Breakfast 9.00am Classroom Lecture 3 “Most gilled white spored mushrooms” 10.30am – 12 noon Fieldwork I – collecting and identifying 12.10pm Cookhouse - dining room Lunch 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 Snack 3.15pm FIELDWORK II 4.15pm Classroom WORKSHOP II 5pm Cookhouse deck Mushroom munch 6pm Cookhouse – dining room Supper 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 Campfire Sunday, October 14, 2007 8.30am Cookhouse - dining room Breakfast 9.15am Classroom FIELDWORK III 10.30am Cookhouse - dining room Snack 10.45am Classroom WORKSHOP III 12.00 Cookhouse - dining room Lunch 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 Snack Thanks and evaluation MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSHROOMS OCTOBER 12 TO 14, 2007 REGISTRATION FORM Name: __________________________________ Date: ___________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ _______________________________________ Code: ___________________ Tel. _______________________ Email: _______________________________ COST 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 WAIVER 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 below 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 notified: 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 good) 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 registration) 14. Basket or large bag and small containers/ wax paper for collecting mushrooms 15. Knife (for picking mushrooms) 16. Paper and pencil Notes: 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.