This year has been filled with milestones, and we are delighted to share them. Here’s a glimpse of some of them.
December 18, 2023
We'd like to begin by thanking all of you for supporting the work we do at the Fungi Foundation! For the past 11 years, we've been working to conserve the world’s fungal diversity, and we could not have achieved it without our collaborators, partners, friends, volunteers, and donors.
This year has been filled with milestones, and we are delighted to share them. Here’s a glimpse of some of them:
This year, we published the Spanish version of our free mycological curriculum. What would the world be like if all students learned about flora, fauna, and funga in their schools? That’s what we want to find out.
Together with Reconsider and Fantastic Fungi, we've created a free mycological curriculum for teachers and educators. After a year of testing and teaching lessons in schools in the US, the resources are now officially available in Spanish. We hope that more and more Spanish-speaking educators use this tool around the world.
We would love to know if you are already implementing it in your classroom. The more feedback we receive, the better. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
More about our Education Program:
We continue to strive towards developing a more comprehensive curriculum for ages 4 to 18. This year, we've collaborated closely with mycologists and educators, gathering their expert input on what students need to know about fungi to achieve scientific literacy at school.
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We are committed to unveiling and documenting the ancestral uses of fungi within diverse cultures across the globe. Humanity has evolved alongside fungi and this relationship holds immense cultural relevance for Indigenous Peoples and traditional communities. As we witness the loss of habitats, traditions, and languages worldwide, we also lose the ancestral wisdom connected to communities in close harmony with nature.
We are also aware that the knowledge underlying the resource management practices of the world’s Indigenous People and local communities is directly tied to the maintenance of biological diversity, making its protection crucial. For this purpose:
This year offered new opportunities to explore the Earth’s fungal diversity and add samples to our FFCL Fungarium, which currently houses close to 2,000 species from Chile and around the world.
Expeditions like these ones are crucial within conservation efforts, as we are currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction, and we will not be able to discover all species.
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As usual, we also conducted in-person and online talks and participated in panels, seminars, and festivals.
Here are some of the highlights:
The work of the Fungi Foundation was featured 70 times this year in articles, digital and printed publications, podcasts, and videos. Click here to explore them all.
Special thanks to all our volunteers and interns, who have been essential to all of our programs. We will continue to work for the fungi, their habitats and the people who depend on them for many years to come.
The Fungi Education 2023 Year-End Wrap-Up highlights the Fungi Foundation's accomplishments, including a remarkable surge in course enrollment, the publication of a Spanish curriculum, collaborations with partners like North Spore and Syzygy Science, and impactful outreach efforts in the tri-state area. The program's success is attributed to global support, and the Foundation anticipates continued growth in spreading fungal knowledge.
The 2023 STANYS conference in Syracuse celebrated fungi education with engaging presentations by Diana Richards from the Fungi Foundation. Teachers embraced free resources and received mushroom grow kits, fostering a new appreciation for mycology in classrooms. This marked a milestone in the foundation's mission. Stay tuned for more updates on their educational initiatives.
Help us unveil and recognize ancestral uses of fungi. We have cataloged over 200 traditional uses and/or relationships with fungi in 45 different countries, creating a comprehensive global ethnomycological index that incorporates available public information, in order to protect this precious knowledge. We are now looking to learn what has been taught from one generation to another through oral history.