Mushroom expert Gary Laursen will lead a workshop and give a lecture on the wild mushrooms of interior Alaska on Aug. 16-18 in Fairbanks.

Participants will have a chance to collect, identify and learn how to preserve wild and edible mushrooms. The workshop will also cover things like where and how mushrooms grow and basic mushroom taxonomy.

The workshop will kick off with a lecture from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Murie Building auditorium and will continue with fieldwork from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17-18 at locations in the woods around Fairbanks. Those interested can register for the evening lecture or for the entire workshop.

As a mycolologist, Laursen has studied mushrooms of the sub-Arctic and Arctic for more than 40 years and teaches mushroom identification classes around the state. He co-authored a guidebook to Alaska mushrooms, “Alaska’s Mushrooms: A Wide-Ranging Guide,” with Neil McArthur of Homer.

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service is organizing the workshop. The fee is $100 for the entire course or $20 for the Friday night lecture. You can register at For more information call Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or email