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Mycomania: Exploring the World of Mushrooms

Learn the tips and tricks mycologists use to investigate mushrooms and other fungi!
Marina Hydeman
3 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

Fungi are fascinating.  Their lifecycle, the amazing forms they take, their impact on the ecosystem, and their behavior are so unique and varied.  As a researcher, I worked with a fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium, and have been pursuing mycology either professionally or as a hobby ever since! I hope to inspire in others an excitement for the sometimes gross, sometimes weird, and always amazing world of fungi.
Students should provide their own mushrooms (at least 2 specimens per species). If wild mushrooms are available, you can absolutely use them! Otherwise, any store-bought, uncut mushrooms will do just fine. To investigate their mushrooms, students will need a knife (a sharp knife is best, but a butter or plastic knife will work) and a place to work, like a cutting board or plate. They will also need white paper, brown paper (grocery store or lunch bags work great), and a pencil. A hand lens or magnifying glass is useful but not required.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
If using wild mushrooms, it is best to supervise students to make sure they are interacting with them safely.  Please note that students will also be asked to cut their mushroom with a knife, and parental supervision is advised.


Marina HydemanScience Educator Extraordinaire!
3 total reviews
3 completed classes

About Me

I am a science educator specializing in inquiry-based education and natural sciences.  I have a B.S. in evolutionary biology and ecology from Cornell University, and worked for a number of years as a researcher before transitioning to education. ... 
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