A write up about our free mycological curriculum
December 19, 2022
Directora de Educación
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:
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.
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.
At Foundry Montessori School in New York, Diana Richards from the Fungi Foundation led a captivating educational journey into the world of fungi for young students, fostering their curiosity, hands-on exploration, and creative engagement in a day filled with wonder and learning.