Fungi (pronounced “fun-gee”) have roots but they aren’t plants, are heterotrophs but not animals, and may grow in fairy rings. Members of a “hidden kingdom,” fungi are often misunderstood.
Fungi play a key role in shaping the biosphere, are important plant and animal pathogens, create soils, promote rain clouds, and are the ultimate recyclers. And they have a life that scientists are just now fully appreciating.
No one is more passionate about fungi than Tovi Lehmann. Dr. Lehmann is a National Institutes of Health research entomologist, ANS member and Natural History Field Studies (NHFS) instructor.
Don't miss his Introduction to Fungi course this August.
With six classes to choose from, it’s a veritable summer smorgasbord of NHFS offerings for the adult learner. Dive into Wetland Ecosystems or bone up on spineless wonders in Insect Life or Butterflies of Early Summer. Want to know more about neighborhood wildlife? Animal Behavior might be your choice. Introduction to Fungi and Invasive Plants of the Mid-Atlantic round out the June through August offerings.
Whether you’re signing up for job training, personal enrichment, or to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History, you’ll meet other local nature lovers and become more aware of the vast natural resources in our region. The NHFS curriculum is designed and sponsored by ANS and the Graduate School USA.