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Eric Owen tries on a pair of hedgehog mushroom “antlers.”

North Coast Land Conservancy land steward Eric Owen will lead the organization’s final “On the Land” outing of 2019 at a Fall Fungi Frolic from 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Circle Creek Conservation Center.  

The outing is free, but preregistration is required. Go to NCLCtrust.org/fall-fungi-walk to register.

Owen plans to lead participants along one or two trails at Circle Creek to discuss the roles different mushrooms play in their respective environments and how they interact with their fellow forest inhabitants.  

Expect to wander at a relatively slow pace over sometimes uneven terrain, through mud and up short inclines. Rain boots or waterproof boots are strongly recommended.  

Owen joined the conservancy staff after completing his bachelor’s degree in environmental science, with a minor in writing, at Oregon State University. Year-round, but particularly in the fall, he enjoys indulging his passion for mycology and mushroom hunting on Oregon’s north coast.

Circle Creek Conservation Center is at the end of Rippet Road in Seaside. Look for it on the west side of U.S. Highway 101 three-quarters of a mile north of the junction with U.S. Highway 26. Follow the road west and north a short distance, passing a gravel quarry on your left, to where it ends between two barns.  

Participants are encouraged to bring water and snacks. There are no onsite toilets. Dogs are not allowed at Circle Creek or at any of the conservancy properties.  

More details about Circle Creek Conservation Center, this outing and upcoming stewardship opportunities are available at NCLCtrust.org.

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