Mississippi Valley Conservancy is offering to the public a guided mushroom hike at its Romance Woods nature preserve. Sabrina Aspenson, co-founder and current president of the UW-La Crosse Mycology Club, will guide participants in foraging for mushrooms and how to safely identify edible and non-edible varieties. The hike will begin at 10:00 a.m.on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This hike is part of the Conservancy’s 2018 “Linked to the Land” series of outdoor experiences sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System.

Romance Woods includes 35 acres of scenic, diverse oak woodlands, rocky dolomite outcrops and an ephemeral stream. A former logging road runs the length of the property, providing an excellent trail for public use for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. The property also provides potential habitat for numerous non-game species such as Neotropical migratory birds, and other native animal and plant species.

Participants are encouraged to bring mushroom guidebooks, a basket or small paper bags for mushrooms, and a pocket knife.

Please RSVP to kfrise@mississippivalleyconservancy.org or call 784-3606 ext. 6

DIRECTIONS: From La Crosse – Head 15 miles south on Hwy 35/Great River Road to Genoa, WI. Take Hwy 56 west for 5 miles and turn left onto Newton Rd/Romance Rd, continue to follow Newton Rd and take a slight right onto N. Ridge Rd.

About Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Founded in 1997, Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a nationally accredited regional land trust that has permanently protected 20,055 acres of scenic lands in southwestern Wisconsin by working with private landowners, businesses and local communities on voluntary conservation projects. The focus of the Conservancy is to conserve the forests, prairies, wetlands, streams and farms that support native wildlife and enrich communities, for the health and well-being of current and future generations. Learn more about programs, services, events, volunteer opportunities, and membership at www.MississippiValleyConservancy.org.

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