Telluride Mushroom Festival: Western Colorado U. Offering Course Credit!

Telluride Mushroom Festival: Western Colorado U. Offering Course Credit!

The Telluride Mushroom Festival is embarking on its 41st year of celebrating “all things fungi.”

To purchase full Festival passes and special event tickets for the annual gathering of fungophiles – Aug. 18-22, 2021 – visit the eventbrite website.

For details on the weekend schedule, go here.

ENVS 197: Fungi All Around Us: An Introduction to Mycology

Course Leader: Amy Honan, Biology Lecturer and Lab Coordinator, Curator of Fungi WSC Fungarium, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Western Colorado University

Fees: $200 for WCU course credit / $75 to attend without receiving WCU credit
NOTE: You must already have a Festival Pass or Virtual Festival Pass to participate. You may sign up for this course for WCU credit or you may attend without receiving course credit.

Purchase your course here.

Fungi All Around Us will introduce you to the world of the fungi. Informal lectures and other events at the Telluride Mushroom Festival (and virtual / online) will explore how fungi impact our everyday lives. Fungi are important pathogens for humans and agricultural crops. They are also of great utility in the manufacturing of food and medicine. Finally, fungi coexist with all plants on the planet. Some of the most bizarre—and beautiful—fungi produce mushrooms and a firsthand examination of these groups will be emphasized.

The Course will consist of presentations from the Telluride Mushroom Festival taking place in Telluride, Colorado. Required attendance (in person or online) presentations for this course will give a great overview of basic fungal taxonomy, morphology, and physiology; an introduction to fungal chemistry; an overview of the most important fungi to all life on the planet—the endo- and ectomycorrhizal fungi; as well as how modern research is done—by scientists and citizen-scientists, alike. For the mycophile wanting to delve deeper into the wonderful world of mushrooms, there are many additional presentations that are being held during the festival that students will be given access to.

More course info and forms here.

Please use this link will take you to the Western Extended Studies credit registration form. Please download this form, fill it out and send it back to You will then be contacted by course instructor Amy Honan with specific course curriculum, expectations and information.

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