‘The Hope of Fungi Amidst the 6th Mass Extinction’ : Spiritual Experience, Medicine, and Human Evolution


When Anthropologists found ‘Otzi the Ice Man’ in North Italy, the frozen mummy had two special and very common mushrooms attached to his belt. What was it that humans knew back then…3500 B.C.E.?

Ryan Iacovacci will lead a discussion, followed by a fungi walk/ID, focused on the roles fungi play not only in the forest ecosystems, but as they relate to the evolution and survival of symbiotic species, especially humans. Mushrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, as well as mystical experience throughout Central/South America for just as long. Remnants of Fungi iconography can be found across cultures and history, even fossilized fungi as tall as trees. Come learn more about the largest organisms on earth!

Ryan has a background in international relations and religious studies from the University of South Florida, and has been working in local food systems for the past decade, from foraging to permaculture to distribution. Ryan holds a mushroom certification with the state of Michigan and can be found at the farmers market in Marquette during the season.

Cost: A suggested donation of $20/adult is being asked or pay what you can to help support MooseWood Nature Center and the instructor. Kids 12 and younger may attend for free.

Registration: Registration is required. Please click on the date that you would like to register for and fill out the form to register. Each date will have a maximum of 30 people.

Please choose the date(s) that is best for you:

Saturday, October 28th, 2:00-4:00 pm. Location will be in Marquette County. Specific place yet to be determined.


Dress appropriately for the weather as the program will be held rain or shine.


MooseWood Nature Center is an independent, non-profit organization supported by memberships, donations and grants. Our mission is to celebrate nature through education and action in the Upper Peninsula.


Sat & Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
or by appointment

Phone: (906) 228-6250