Forage for wood ear fungus
A common non-poisonous fungus - observe it growing & what happens when it dehydrates/re-hydrates.
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Head out on a woodland exploration and keep an eye out for some wood ear fungus – take a basket to collect them in and an ID guide to make sure you collect the right thing.
Have a look at our foraging tips.
Take a really good look at how it is growing – this is good way for groups to get up close to a non-poisonous fungus.
Collect some wood ears and allow them to dehydrate (pop them in a dry nook or take them home).
Observe the changes as they dehydrate. They will become hard and brittle.
Once dehydrated pop a wood ear in water and leave to re-hydrate.
Now you can observe the opposite reaction, as the flesh begins to swell.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.