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Release: Sept. 12, 2000

Museum of Natural History sponsors Sept. 16 Mushroom Field Trip

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will sponsor a

10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 field trip in Palisades-Kepler State Park to introduce participants to the joy of mushroom hunting and identification. The field trip, a continuation of the Museum's Afternoon With a Scientist public education and lecture series, will be led by Dean Abel and Damian Pieper.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants should gather near the park entrance in the first shelter on the left at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and be prepared for hiking for about two hours by wearing sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Insect repellent, water, a paper bag for collecting specimens and a hand-lens for identification are recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and stay for the identification session after the hike. Water and lemonade will be provided.

Abel, co-author of A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms, combines his passion for mycology with photography by serving as chair of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Photography Committee and director of the annual NAMA Photo Contest. Pieper is a member of the Iowa Native Plant Society and president of the Prairie States Mushroom Club.

For further information or to be placed on the Museum of Natural History mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 335-0482. A map to the park is available at the Museum's web site at