San Clemente mushroom lovers invited to take a January nature walk

January 8, 2014 by  

Up the San Diego Freeway and east on the Ortega Highway San Clemente, outdoor lovers and mushroom connoisseurs can enjoy the world of fungi later this month, with a special program on the subject.

Mushroom hunters can get outdoors with Gregg Miller, a mycology and mycelia expert, on a Mushroom Walk through the reserve at Rancho Mission Viego. They can learn about the mysterious fungi and their ability to reproduce without photosynthesis.

This event will be especially interesting to photographers, who will no doubt want to take pictures for future brochure or postcard printing. The reserve itself is managed by a non-profit trust and will eventually cover 20,868 acres. The intent is to set aside Rancho Mission Viejo land to enhance and preserve ecology, charities, education, recreation, science, and conservation.

The program is scheduled for Sunday, January 19, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Richard and Donna O’Neal conservancy at San Juan Capistrano.

Admission for supporters is free. Other adults pay $10 or $5 for children. The program is recommended for hikers aged eight years and older. Participants must register before 4:00 pm on Friday, January 17 either online or by calling the reserve. Mushrooms love moisture, so this hike will be held rain or shine.

Alternatively, for those more interested in weeding and trail clearing, the reserve will be holding a work session on January 11, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Work gloves should be brought along by participants.