Meander for Mushrooms with Meg Madden, Myco-influencer

Orange-topped mushroom with light orange "cloud-like" bulges on the dome-shaped cap.

Ever wondered about the mysterious mushrooms that share the forest with us? Are you fungi-curious? Do you see interesting mushrooms in your travels and wish you knew more about these fascinating organisms?

On this walk we will explore the woods and learn about the mushrooms we find along the way including what they are, how to identify them, and the essential roles that these fungi play in forest ecology. We will also discuss the importance of community science and learn tips and tricks for taking mushroom photos.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and bring your questions and curiosity! A smartphone equipped with the iNaturalist app is a plus, but not required.

Meg Madden leads an exploration on the Museum’s trails: to seek, to find, and to understand the fungi that live in and on our corner of the wood-wide web.

Note: this is NOT a foraging program.

Limit: 15 • please register in advance

Cost: $15

Pair of inky cap mushrooms: a whitish mushroom with a shaggy high-domed cap. Photo by Erin Talmage and used with permission. Photographed in fall in Vermont.

About Meg Madden

Fungi educator, author, and professional photographer, Meg Madden can often be found in the forests of her childhood practicing what she calls “mushroom yoga” — laying on the ground, standing on her head, or balancing precariously on a log — to capture the perfect snail’s-eye view of her favorite photo subject: Fungi! Her colorful, highly detailed mushroom portraits offer an intimate look into the often-overlooked world of these extraordinary organisms.

Inspired by the belief that people are more likely to take care of something they love, she finds great joy in facilitating fun and meaningful connections between humans and nature. Meg shares her knowledge and contagious passion for the fantastic world of fungi through visually engaging presentations, mushroom walks, and via her Instagram gallery @megmaddendesign. An advocate for fungal diversity and community science, Meg teaches iNaturalist classes, organizes educational workshops and Bioblitzes, and is compiling an Atlas Of Fungi for the state of Vermont.

Insect Walk with Spencer Hardy

Kick off our Community Day Celebration with biologist Spencer Hardy, Project Coordinator of the Vermont Bee Atlas.

Come explore this summer morning and discover what birds and insects share our landscape.

Outdoors—it’s where the bugs and butterflies are!

This is a slow-paced walk; museum trails are open until sunset for those wanting to wander further.

Max: 10 people
Free (as part of our Community Day; donations always welcome)
PLEASE pre-register.

Click/tap the button above or call 802-434-2167 or email

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Nature Walk with Spencer Hardy [ FULL ]


Come out this summer morning and discover what birds and insects share our landscape. Walk led by biologist Spencer Hardy, Project Coordinator of the Vermont Bee Atlas.

$5 per person (Free for Museum members)

Max: 5 people • Walk is FULL, waitlist available 
Masks: bring them; required when within 6 feet of each other
MUST pre-register. Call 802-434-2167 / email

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