Walks & Talks

Mushroom Foray

Saturday, September 23
12:30 – 3:00 at BEEC
$15/$10 BEEC members
Space is limited. E-mail to reserve your space.

This wet summer has led to a proliferation of fungi, and we had so much fun on our August foray that we decided to do it again! Justin Garner will be our guide as we explore the woods in quest of mushrooms. We hope to find, among the weird and wonderful variety, such edibles as lobster mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, hen of the woods (maitake), black trumpets, and hedgehog mushrooms.

Justin has a long-standing interest in these often neglected and misunderstood life forms, and has pursued education in botany, plant chemistry, and for good measure human physiology and biochemistry, and is thus prepared to teach about the nourishing, medicinal, and toxic properties of our diverse fungi.

Bring a bag or basket for collecting mushrooms and a mushroom knife or small pocketknife. Be prepared for off-trail hiking in wooded terrain.

BEEC and Retreat Farm invite you to

Plant a Garden for Pollinators

Saturday, September 30 from 10 – noon
Retreat Farm (Route 30 Brattleboro)
Cost: $15 adult/$5 child (age 2 – 13)
Pre-registration required, space is limited.
For information or to register visit BEEC.org,
call (802)257-5785, or e-mail

Do you want to help our native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds? Plant them a garden of native flowers! Landscape designer Tom Sullivan will lead this kid-friendly family workshop. While the kids make seed balls, paint signs, and play pollination-themed games, adults will learn the essentials of creating an attractive garden that native pollinators will love.

The workshop will culminate in a garden party at the Retreat Farm’s new
Children’s Farm and Forest! Tom will help the group design and plant a new pollinator garden, and we will celebrate with refreshments. All participants will receive a species list, starter seed package for their home garden, and a
complimentary day pass to the Children’s Farm and Forest.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.