Mushrooms in Kansas Symposium

Mushrooms in Kansas Symposium

February 20th, 2021 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
177 W. Hickory Street
Hesston, KS 67062
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We at Dyck Arboretum spend a great deal of our energy promoting the flora of Kansas and a fair bit of time promoting our fauna. But mycologist Giuliana Furci argues that we should be promoting equally the three Fs: Flora, Fauna, and Fungi.

Fungi truly are critical to our human survival on earth. As mostly unseen elements of our landscape, it is easy to take for granted their essential services of filtering water, decomposing organic materials and helping plants absorb nutrients and water. When they do become visible to us as mushroom fruiting bodies for just days during their life cycle, they can do so much more.

“Mushrooms are ephemeral and during that short time, they can heal you, feed you, kill you, or send you on a spiritual jouney.” ~Paul Stamets, Mycologist

On February 20, 2021, we plan to make an understanding of fungi in Kansas more mainstream and will explore the fascinating world of fungi during our virtual symposium.


Part 1 ($3.99-$4.99)

  • ON YOUR OWN – Viewing of the acclaimed documentary film Fantastic Fungi – it can be reviewed and rented HERE; Consider watching Friday evening or Saturday morning so that the film’s inspiration is fresh!

Part 2 ($15 for members, $25 for non-members)

  • 9:45 a.m. – Welcome and introduction by Brad Guhr, Dyck Arboretum education coordinator;
  • 10:00 a.m. – Presentation by Ben Sikes, University of Kansas professor of microbial ecologist and Kansas Biological Survey fungi expert;
  • 11:00 a.m. – Presentation by Sherry Kay, field mycologist and co-author of the new edition of the book A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms;
  • 1:00 p.m. – Presentation by Lyndzee Rhine, Great Plains Nature Center naturalist and author of A Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mushrooms;

Part 3 ($25)

  • 2:00 p.m. – Workshop with Pam Paulsen, Reno County Extension Horticulture Agent on cultivating edible gourmet mushrooms. (your spore log cultivation kit will be made available for curbside pickup ahead of time)

Full participation in all three parts is encouraged and includes viewing of the film Fantastic Fungi, three expert presentations, and the cultivation workshop (Total cost $40 for members, $50 for non-members + film rental). Registration for the workshop portion is limited to 25 participants and requires full symposium participation. Zoom links for the presentations and workshop will be made available to registrants.