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Truffle Mushroom Hunting

Date: 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST January 30, 2021 Location: Templeton Campus Center

  • Image shows an up-close picture of a person’s hands holding an earthstar mushroom. The person is wearing a blue puffy jacket and sword ferns can be seen in the background.

Templeton Campus Center

Truffles — the non-chocolate kind, sorry — are edible fungi, like mushrooms. Unlike other mushrooms, they grow underground near tree roots and the best truffles are wildly, insanely, expensive, sometimes as much as thousands of dollars per pound. Spend an afternoon foraging for Truffle mushrooms!

Several tons of wild Oregon truffles are harvested from Douglas fir forests in this state each year. The harvest varies depending upon climate and weather patterns, but January and February are the peak of the truffle hunting season.

This so-called “underground mushroom” ranges in size from a pea to a grapefruit and it is unrivaled in the kitchen. Truffles can transform a delicious dish to something that’s out of this world. Truffles grow throughout western Oregon in the lowlands such as those here in forests in Portland.

We’ll search (using small hand rakes) for the elusive, delicious Oregon white truffle. We’ll practice “Leave No Trace” ethics and leave the forest floor looking undisturbed.

Whether you find a truffle or not to take home, the fun of looking for them and hiking through the forest makes a great afternoon. , You’ll be scanning the ground, looking for holes made by flying squirrels, which are clues to the location of a truffle trove.

There are tons of different fungi hiding right beneath your feet! Learn the different ways of ID’ing mushrooms and conditions permitting we might even find some edible ones you can take home to cook!

This is the perfect opportunity to take a break and get outdoors with your “pod mates, or connect with other students and learn to appreciate the nature outside your window in a whole new way.

No Experience Necessary! This will be a fun way to get off campus with your “pod,” or sign up on your own to meet new people!

Covid-19 Mitigation:

  • Consider signing up with your “pod” mates
  • Masks and 6 ft distancing required
  • Groups capped at 10 people (including leaders)

Meeting Place:
We’ll meet in front of Templeton Student Center (aka “the Bon”).  Look for the “College Outdoors” sign.

Need Accommodations?
Please email outdoors@lclark.edu. This trip lends itself well to a variety of accessibility accommodations, including mobility accommodations. 

Registration for this event begins on January 16, 2021.