Our free mycological curriculum is ready!

A write up about our free mycological curriculum

December 19, 2022

Diana Richards

FFungi Staff

Encargada de Educación

FFungi Volunteer

What if students all around the world had the chance to learn about fungi, their possibilities and the important roles they play in every ecosystem? That is the question we want to answer with the Fungi Education Program!

After years of work, we are thrilled to announce the pilot phase for the Fungi Education Curriculum is complete, and it is now ready to use. Together with Reconsider and Fantastic Fungi we’ve created a standard guide for teachers to bring mycology lessons into their classes, along with many other free resources that are part of Fungi Education.

During the pilot phase, we received feedback from educators around the world, and we've had over 1,500 enrollments from 44 countries on the course resources, including the Curriculum and K-5 Activities.

We also taught in-person lessons from the curriculum in 6 classes in the New Jersey and New York area, 10 groups at a day camp, 2 wilderness youth groups and to students in Chile (about 500 children in total ranging in ages 4-17).

With the feedback provided, we partnered with mushroom growing businesses and mycologists from different countries to create and add on the following learning materials:

  • We partnered with Ecovative to create a mycelium materials grow kit lesson for more curriculum materials.
  • We partnered with North Spore to post their “Intro to Fungal Biology” videos as a learning resource on our website
  • Over 200 grow kits have been sent to classrooms across the USA, thanks to Smallhold and Northspore
  • We have provided educator training webinars and added 9 recorded workshop presentations as a resource for teachers on the curriculum website.
  • We’ve received help from mycologists from Brazil, Chile, Argentina and the USA for the creation of new lessons and teacher training videos.

And last but absolutely not least: the Spanish translation of the curriculum is in the final revision and we have started the process of translating the content to Portuguese.