Nature Camp 2020–Mycology

Online Meetings: Mondays 10:00 – 11:00 AM and Mondays 2:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT) [2 different sections]
5 weeks (July 13 – August 10)

Mycology will focus on fungi and their environments this summer, especially how they relate to you! Whether it’s your body, your water, your compost, or you shower—fungi are everywhere. We–Jake Rehm (left), Meredith Keppel (center), and Ryan Garvin–will be posting discussion prompts, resources, and videos every week for you to explore at your leisure. Come to class with or without having looked at any of it—we can’t wait to see you and talk about the mysterious mycological world!!

Each week we’ll be focusing on a different topic and continually updating the website with suggested activities and resources to continue learning about mushrooms and their environments.

The Mycology instructors can be reached at

Schedule for Week 1

Day Activity Reflection Question
Monday (Jul 6) Watch these two videos

How Fungi Made All Life on Land Possible (10:11)

You Didn’t Know Mushrooms Could Do All This (3:30)

Why do fungi do so many different jobs in so many different ecosystems?
Tuesday (Jul 7) Fungi ID Videos (Ryan)


Practice your identification skills by heading over to Instagram and identifying the mushroom pictures we posted!



Can you fill out this diagram? What are two additional factors that are super important to identification?
Wednesday (Jul 8) Jake’s explanation of Mushroom characters


Create your own mushroom alter ego! Send us a picture and description of them so we can admire it with you!

What is your mushroom alter ego’s primary purpose in their environment? What environment do they live in and why does they influence their job?
Thursday (Jul 9) Check out a video of Jake and I talking about mushrooms and where you might find some around you
Make a list of some fungi you’ve come in contact with recently
Friday (Jul 10) Read this brief article about 9 Ways Mushrooms Could Save the World  
Saturday (Jul 11) Want to keep working on your identification skills? Try heading over to iNaturalist. Make sure you type “fungi” into the species box and then zoom the map into an area near you. Pick a few posts and look at the pictures– see if you agree or disagree with their identificationsEmail us what you find and remember to think about context and situation when justifying identifications! What might encourage a fungus to look like another fungus? Why would it be advantageous for them to appear similar?
Sunday (Jul 12) Are you interested in learning more about cool ways mushrooms interact with their environment? Email us for a mushroom species and research one fun fact (always search the internet with parental guidance)