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Fri, 05 Apr


Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre

Fungi Finding and Identification Foray with Shirley Kerr (ages 8+)

Embark on a captivating Fungi Foray with botanist Shirley Kerr at Aongatete. Discover the art of mushroom identification and explore their enchanting world.

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Fungi Finding and Identification Foray with Shirley Kerr (ages 8+)
Fungi Finding and Identification Foray with Shirley Kerr (ages 8+)

Time & Location

05 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm NZDT

Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, 834 Wright Road, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand


About the event

🌿🍄 Fungi Foray with Award-Winning Botanist Shirley Kerr 🍄🌿

Embark on an enlightening journey through the enchanting world of fungi with acclaimed botanist and educator, Shirley Kerr. Join us for a captivating Fungi Foray at the picturesque Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, where you'll unravel the mysteries of mushrooms and gain valuable insights into the art of identification. 

What to Expect:

  • Guided Nature Walk: Wander through the lush landscapes of Aongatete alongside Shirley Kerr, a distinguished botanist with an extensive background in mycology. Learn the art of observation and discover the diverse range of fungi flourishing in the Bay of Plenty area.
  • Identification Techniques: Benefit from Mrs Kerr's vast knowledge as she shares essential techniques for searching and identifying fungi. Gain confidence in recognizing various species, understanding their ecological roles, and appreciating their unique characteristics.

About Shirley Kerr

Awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to mycology in 2021, Mrs Kerr has a background in education, teaching at several secondary schools between 1973 and 2017, specialising in biology. She has been a driving force for mycological exploration and education in the Bay of Plenty area. She has built a database of species on her website Kaimai Bush and in 2019 published A Field Guide to New Zealand Fungi, which has been highly acclaimed nationally and internationally for its accessibility. She has found at least five previously undescribed species and recorded in excess of 600 different species. She served on the council of the Fungal Network of New Zealand (FUNNZ) for 15 years, was Treasurer from 2009 to 2011, and played a key role in organising four annual New Zealand Fungi Forays. The Fungal Forays attract scientists from New Zealand and overseas. Mrs Kerr’s voluntary education efforts in mycology have included running workshops for upskilling in macro photography for botanical work, fostering children’s interest at national forays, organising field trips, public speaking engagements, and providing samples of Landcare New Zealand’s Herbarium or for overseas examination.

Event Details:

  • Date and Time: Friday 5th of April, 10am-12pm
  • Location: Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre
  • Suitable for: Nature enthusiasts, beginners, and experienced mushroom hunters
  • Guided Walk Duration: Approximately 2hours
  • FREE
  • Ages: 8 years +

Please note:

All children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult - we are all about learning together!

Why Join:

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from an award-winning botanist with decades of experience in mycology and biology education.
  • Unique Learning Opportunity: Explore the Bay of Plenty's fungal diversity and acquire practical skills for mushroom identification.
  • Celebrated Publication: Mrs. Kerr's A Field Guide to New Zealand Fungi is a valuable resource, and this event offers an opportunity to learn directly from the author.

Secure your spot now for a Fungi Foray that promises a unique blend of education, exploration, and connection with nature. Join Shirley Kerr for an unforgettable journey into the magical world of mushrooms! 🌳🔍🍃

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