From Melissa Brodsky of the Marion County Master Naturalists:
The Marion County Master Naturalists and WVU Extension Service bring you an all day, ALL OAKS workshop!
Learn to identify Oaks by their bark, leaf or acorn; What wildlife is attracted/supported by Oaks; Which mushrooms and pests are associated with Oaks; general info on Oak forest management; watch a demonstration of making a basket with Oak strips; Which Oaks are best for crafting; Make your own trivet from Oak; cook&taste Shiitake mushrooms; Inoculate your own Oak log with Shiitake mushroom to take home and grow yourself!; Optional Hike after workshop.
The Oak workshop will be Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Prickett's Fort State Park, in the education building in the LOWER parking lot from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ( additional time for optional Hike after workshop).
These classes will count as Elective or Continuing Education credits for Master Naturalist participants! Please keep track of classes attended and have your attendance slip signed by the instructor.
This workshop is Free to attend (donations accepted at door, $5 required to inoculate take-home Shiitake log) and is open to the public- invite your friends and family!
Several copies of "Macrofungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America" and "Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America" will be raffled- winners must be present to win.
Oak Workshop: Importance of Oaks to Humans and Wildlife
Saturday, October 16, 2010- Prickett's Fort State Park 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ( plus optional Hike at days end)
8:30- 9:00 am Arrival/Registration
9:00 - 10:00 am Intro to Oaks -speaker invited
10:00- 11:00 am Wildlife Associated with Oaks - Sue Olcott, DNR Nongame Biologist
15 min break
11:15 am -12:00 pm Mushrooms Associated with Oaks - Denise Binion, USDA Forest Service
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Pests Associated with Oaks - Dave McCann, Graduate Research Assistant
12:45 - 1:15 Lunch -BRING YOUR OWN
1:15- 2:15 pm Making Baskets from Oak strips - Al Miller, Master Craftsman (demonstration only)
2:15 - 3:15 pm Wood Crafting with Oaks (make take home craft- Trivet) - Sid Absher, amateur cabinet maker
Class open to all, Craft limited to the FIRST 15 to register. If you would like to make/take home your own Oak Trivet, you must register through MCMN coordinator, Melissa Brodsky at (304) 366-1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 min break
3:30 -5:00 pm Cook/Taste and How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms -Paul Goland- Hardscrabble Enterprises and Dave McGill- WVU Extension
Class open to all, If would like to inoculate and take home your own shiitake Oak log the cost is $5 and you must register through the Extension Agent John Murray, Marion County Extension Office (304) 367-2772
5:15 - 6:15 pm Optional Walk in Woods- Dave McGill