Nature program on fungus


RANGELEY – The Sunday nature program at the Orgonon Property on the Dodge Pond Road at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, will be a mushroom walk with Michaeline Mulvey and Ted Elliott.

Mulvey and Elliott are members of the Maine Mycological Society, a group made up of professional botanists and laymen with an interest in mushrooms. They will lead the group through the museum trails to identify and discuss the mushrooms found.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own field guide to mushrooming if they have one, a knife, a basket, a paper bag and appropriate clothing, footwear and raingear if necessary. The program will be held rain or shine.

Those who have mushrooms from home they wish to identify and/or discuss are asked to bring them.

The group will meet at the sheltered outdoor classroom, which is a short walk, on the “Tomb” trail located up the hill at the observatory parking lot. We meet at 2:00 P.M.

The natural science programs offer free workshops each Sunday in July and August. The workshops are funded by the Wing-Benjamin Trust and individual donors. For more information, call the museum at 864-3443

The observatory building details the life and work of physician/scientist Wilhelm Reich, whose interest in the natural environment led to the introduction of the natural science program in 1989. The observatory is open from 1 to 5 p.m.Wednesday through Sunday 1-in July and August, September 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays only. Adult admission is $6; children 12 and under, free.