The Fungus Amongst Us - Warrandyte

The Fungus Amongst Us - Warrandyte

Jumping Creek Rare Fungi Foray


Special Extra Classes! - Rare Fungi Foray!

This year we are offering special extra classes as we go on the hunt to document rare fungi of Warrandyte State Park at Jumping Creek Reserve.

On this is a casual walking workshop we will explore the beautiful Blue Tongue Bend in Jumping Creek Reserve through a fungal lens. Participants will be guided to see and get close the world of fungi and the local ecology and will be a part of a special foray as we seek out the 3 rare Hygrocybe fungi at Jumping Creek - Hygrocybe arcohastata, Hygrocybe fuhreri & Hygrocybe saltorivula.

The adventure along the Yarra will be led by local ecologist specialising in fungi and mosses Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, and co-ordinated by urban fungi farmer and founder of Sporadical City Mushrooms Julia Laidlaw.

You will need to come dressed for the weather on the day with comfortable shoes - bring your magnifying glass too if you have one and prepare to have your mind blown by the life around us.

No dogs permitted & places limited.

Opportunity to pre-purchase for pick up on the day - 

Mushroom Magic Books or Deck of Mushrooms (similar content) This book and deck of card is an introduction to fifty of the hidden kingdom’s most interesting mushrooms from around the world. This work supports Fungi4Land.

and Fungi4land hand mirror perfect for getting up close to delicate fungi without disturbing them.

The code to use is "Pickup" to remove postage.

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What you will learn

  • Being able to read our natural landscape and growing our own food helps us connect and care for the amazing planet we live on. Appropriate for kids (8 years+) and adults, this workshop will take the participants on a journey into their local landscape to show how to recognise the diversity of life and its interconnectedness through a fungal lens as we walk through the beautiful Darebin parklands; participants will then return to Sporadical City Mushrooms farm for a farm tour.

What you will get

  • Participants will gain a greater understanding and connection to the incredible planet we live on and the magic of local ecologies.
Parking Info

Parking Available at the Jumping Creek Reserve.

What to bring

  • If you have a magnifying glass or hand mirror this can be helpful for seeing the fungus amongst us up close

What to wear

Casual comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather on the day, comfortable shoes for walking.

Appropriate for

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to build their ecological literacy and learn more about the fungi kingdom around us and how it connects the natural world

Sporadical City Mushrooms

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Sporadical City Mushrooms is a small urban farm in Melbourne where we grow delicious seasonal mushrooms for our local community, markets & restaurants. Guided by our zero waste ethic we have grown from a small backyard business to building our farm at Alphington. We also teach mushroom growing workshops for indoor, garden or mushroom log cultivation and give farm tours to share our DIY methods and help get more people growing. If you would like to organise a workshop get in touch or keep an eye out for our up coming workshops.

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Your Teacher

Sapphire McMullen-Fischer is an ecologist who has special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses. She runs Funfungi Ecology & did her doctorate at the University of Tasmania on ‘Surrogates for cryptogam conservation – associations between mosses, macrofungi, vascular plants and environmental variables.’ In 2018 with Roz Hard and many Australasian Mycologists and amateurs in ‘love’ with fungi, started the project to develop a land management book for Australian Fungi with the working title Fungi4Land.

Julia Laidlaw is an Agroecologist and in 2018 she started Sporadical City Mushrooms, and urban mushroom farmer in Naarm. She loves connecting people with their local ecologies and growing great food.

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 5 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Sporadical City Mushrooms or organised by Sporadical City Mushrooms must agree to these terms and conditions.


I (the participants) agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Sporadical City Mushrooms


Unless I, (the participant) advise Sporadical City Mushrooms to the contrary I agree to give Sporadical City Mushrooms unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Sporadical City Mushrooms  classes and events or on Sporadical City Mushrooms premises. If I(For use of Sporadical City Mushrooms marketing materials).

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