Fungi are a key part of healthy ecosystems. They connect the plant world through incredible communication networks of mycelium, they decompose old organic matter to feed forest floors and make room for new plant life, and they provide humans with many resources, from food and medicines, to fabrics and building materials.
- Understand the form and behavior of mushrooms and other fungal structures in ecosystems;
- Recognize the important role of mushrooms for humans as a material resource and as an inspiration in design;
- Understand the function of fungus in ecological health and know how to maintain mushroom-friendly ecosystems.
Exercise Pathways & Materials
Exercises can be completed as an ordered curriculum offering. Some can be used as standalone activities, though some exercises make connections to preceding modules and exercises. Exercises from different learner pathways can also be mixed to create a customized curriculum. All exercises are available through the links below:
|Early Learners||Intermediate Learners||Advanced Learners|
|<-- Mushroom Parts Coloring -->||Understanding the World of Fungi|
|<-- Mushroom Stamp Art -->||Mycelium: A Natural Network for Communication & Trade|
|Fungi Connections||Mycelium Networks||Mycelium Resilience: Testing Network Strength|
|Mushroom Hero!||Mushroom Hero Maze||Mushroom Solutions: Designing an Experiment|
|Mushroom Shape Finding||Mushroom Mimics||Mushroom Muses: Inspiration from the Fungi Kingdom|
|Mushroom Hunt||Fungi Tic-Tac-Toe||Meeting Your Local Mushrooms|
|Mushroom Jobs||Mushroom Muses||Mushroom Culture: Finding Fungi in Everyday Life|
|<-- Mushroom Products -->||Mushroom Manufacturing: Making Products from Fungi|
|<-- Friend of Fungi Pledge -->|