Welcoming the Fungi Kingdom
Guest Speaker: Trent Pearce
7pm, Thursday Feb 25th, 2016
FREE Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center, Oakland, CA
Winter rains bring forth the Kingdom Fungi! Delve into this strange world with Naturalist Trent Pearce of the East Bay Regional Park District. Learn what differentiates fungi from plants and animals, and meet a few of our common fungal genera.
Trent joined the Park District in 2010, working at Ardenwood Historic Farm before coming to the Tilden Nature Area. Natural history has long been his passion; for the preceding six years he served as an interpreter for California State Parks and an environmental educator in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Trent is an autodidactic mycologist, photographer, and an avid birder.
Lake Merritt’s Rotary Nature Center is at 600 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland. On the Northern shore of Lake Merritt (between it’s two “arms”). Part of the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation, the Center is an interpretive museum, providing education about the natural environment while overseeing America’s oldest wildlife refuge and Oakland open spaces. A City of Oakland, Office of Parks and Recreation entity.
We are grateful for their offer of their space. An otter appeared briefly in the Lake a couple years ago — we hope they’ll come back for longer sometime in the future!
The Nature Center is about a 20 minute walk from 19th St BART station. Closest bus line from the direction of BART is the NL or the 12. There is street parking.