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.
Fungi may hold the key to reversing what we’ve broken, but we only know about a tiny fraction of all the biodiversity and magic of this kingdom. They are plants’ best friends, they heal us, they are responsible for numerous scrumptious foods, and they make sustainable biomaterials. We owe them life as we know it and we could not exist without them. On this #EarthDay we chose ten reasons why fungi are crucial for life on the planet.
The discovery of wide genetic variety in fungal species previously thought to belong to the same evolutionary lineages, termed “cryptic species' ', has prompted scientists to re-visit traditional scientific naming systems and call for more research into fungi taxonomy. But what is the best way to reconcile traditional scientific naming systems with new methods of species identification?