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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Monday Mushroom Walks

Each Monday from November 14 - December 26, 2022
from 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Take a guided tour of the MCBG Mushroom Collection! The Gardens is home to more than 160 species of wild mushrooms during fall and winter. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of some types of fungi. Normally hidden underground, these reproductive structures lie dormant until the rainy season, when they sprout above the earth. 

Enjoy an identification walk and learn mushroom lore with Naturalist and Mycologist, Mario Abreu each Monday from November 14 through December 26. The December 5 walk will be led by local mushroom expert, Jim Gibson. Please remember, mushrooms found at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens should stay at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens... DO NOT PICK OR COLLECT from our botanical collection!


  • $15 per participant and includes Gardens admission for the day. Discounted rate for MCBG Members is $5.
  • Registration is limited to 14 participants per walk. Reservations are required.
  • We ask that all visitors consider wearing a mask in our indoor areas and when interacting with our staff. Please read and follow our local Health Order. If you are sick, please stay home. 


Class size is limited! Registration for this walk must be completed in advance online. Please note, all registration fees are non-refundable unless the walk has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. Click the links below to reserve your space on the walk.


ALL DATES FULL – Please CLICK HERE to be added to the waitlist. If we have any cancellations, we will contact you in the order the waitlist responses were received.


Walk Registration ............................. $15 per participant and includes Gardens admission for the day

Member Walk Registration ............ $5 per current MCBG Member – Remember to "verify your membership" to receive the discounted rate. If you are having issues please call our Administrative Offices at 707-964-4352 x 10.



Mario Abreu retired from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens as the Plant Propagation Supervisor, Natural Areas Coordinator, and Collections Curator after 20 years. Mario holds degrees in Natural History, and Liberal Arts and Science. He has interned for the California Department of Fish and Game Mesocarnivore Assessment, Denver Botanical Gardens Applied Plant Conservation Program, and the College of the Redwoods Plant/Lichen Herbarium.

Mario has led guided mushroom walks at the Gardens for more than 15 years and Mushroom Identification classes for the past 12 years. Additionally, he has provided mushroom walks for the California State Parks/Mendo Parks New Year’s Day Event, Visit Mendocino County Mushroom Festival Events, and private tours.

Mario is a passionate natural history volunteer docent for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, California State Parks, MendoParks, Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and the UC Berkeley Sudden Oak Death Blitz Citizen Science Program. He also finds time to manage natural history displays at the Ford House Museum in Mendocino that include wildflowers, mushrooms, and the local Ecological Terrace Staircase and its associated Pygmy Forest plant community. 


Start Date: Monday, November 14, 2022

End Date: Monday, December 26, 2022

Schedule Details: Reservations required. Walks leave from the entry plaza at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens at 1:00PM on Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5 (led by Jim Gibson), Dec 12, Dec 19, and Dec 26

Instructor: Mycologist and Naturalist, Mario Abreu