Fungus Monitoring Volunteer Programs

Fungus Monitoring Volunteer Programs

Presented by Crystal McAllister

In-person at the Park Ridge Public Library and online via Zoom.

When Crystal McAllister noticed that there were few people monitoring fungi in DuPage County, she created the DuPage Fungus Monitoring Program in 2013. She wanted to educate the public and increase the understanding of the fungal diversity in the forest preserves. Crystal will discuss the fungus monitoring volunteer programs in DuPage and Kane counties.

Crystal McAllister has been teaching High School Biology for almost 20 years. She became interested in fungi while at SIUC taking a Field Mycology course with Walter Sundberg. She was able to revisit her fascination for fungi again while working on her masters. Crystal created the Fungus Monitoring Program for volunteers with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) for a masters class project in 2013 and now is working with Kane County (FPDKC) with a similar volunteer program.

📍 Location: Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL.
🎙️ Venue: First floor conference room – easily accessible from the library’s parking lot.
🅿️ Parking: Convenient parking available in the library’s lot, with the Park Ridge Metra station just across the way.
🔗 Stay tuned for the Zoom link, which will be sent closer to the presentation date! 🔗

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to delve into the realm of fungi and contribute to scientific discovery! See you there! ✨