22 Sep 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Leader: Dr. Myron Smith

Meet: Pioneer Village (Trails End) Field Centre’s Inn, 3685 Wilhaven Drive, Ottawa. Prepare for 3 minute walk to the Village.

Description: MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre in Cumberland is having its annual “Open Trails” open house event. It is the only day when the public may explore these Ottawa-Carleton District School Board lands. OFNC members and the public are invited. We will begin with a 30-min presentation on mushrooms, separate to collect samples in the field, then regroup to identify them. Useful items to bring include: mushroom field guide, hand lens, field knife, small basket (like fruit basket), pencil and paper, brown paper sandwich bags. Bring a lunch, your curiosity and dress appropriately for the weather. This activity will occur rain or shine.

The Centre is a diverse site, including a marsh by the Ottawa River, agricultural fields in series of successional stages, red maple swamps and mature mixed-forest. You are also welcome to explore the Centre. For more information: http://www.ocdsboutdooreducationcentres.ca/.