Helping Kids and Adults Elevate Their Connection
And Understanding of the Natural World Around Us
The Mycelium Project
What We're All About
"The 'Children of Tomorrow' won't have the choice to change the past
Today We have the power to consider them with the choices we make."
The Mycelium Project
an organization dedicated to helping the kids and adults of today cope with the changing world of tomorrow through hands on activities, hikes, and relevant curriculum. We don't sell mycelium or mushrooms but we do help spread them to eager minds ready to learn how nature sustains life and how the decomposers like the FBI (Fungus Bacteria and Invertebrates) are critical to survival on earth.
So, help spread the word!
Raise your Wing, your Hoof, or your Paw if you want to plan an awesome experience with The Mycelium Project!
We offer field trips and at-school experiences for school groups ranging from Kindergarten to High-school. In the effort to keep our instruction engaging and relevant, we collaborate with teachers to plan our outings.
Topics include, and are not limited to, Watershed Science, Biology/Life Science, Local Natural History, Team-Building, Nature Awareness, Poetry, Nature Illustration, Tide-Pool Exploration, and of course Soil Studies.
So, if you are a teacher who wants to get your students outside in natures classroom or want us to come to you, dream big and get in touch.
Yes! You tell us where and we'll bring the games, stories and activities!
Napa Bothe State Park is awesome! We have trained the Naturalists there to provide a Jr. Rangers program from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Cost is just your vehicle cost for the park
Camp Calypso at Napa Bothe State Park was a huge hit for the campers this first year of it's existence! This day camp explored the passage of time in the Napa Valley as we utilized Napa Bothe State Park and the Bale Grist Mill just next door. We started Monday with Rocks, Geology and the timeline of events over time. Tuesday tracked animals and plants through time and had us finding insects, fish and crawdads in the creek. Wednesday was dedicated to the First Peoples of this land. Thursday we hiked to the Bale Grist Mill where we learned the history of grinding grains at the mill and made walking sticks. Friday was our day to give back to the park and every day ended with swimming in the pool!
Good News! Camp Calypso, ages 8-12, is back for 2019,
July 15-19, $300. This year we've added a one night overnight on the last night, otherwise it's the same day camp for 5 days.
check out the Summer Camp Video Click Here:
This Summer 2019, Bothe is also offering a Teen camp called
Camp Sequoia, for ages 13-16. July 15-19, $300. It's a day camp for 5 days with a one night backpacking trip on the last night. In addition to exploring Bothe and the Bale Grist Mill, this camp will focus on older minds, bodies and hearts. We'll take the concepts and themes of Camp Calypso a little deeper, hike a little farther, and help the younger camp as mentors at certain times.
Check Out the Summer Camp Video Click Here:
And, A Brand New Summer Camp up at Lake Berryessa called
Camp Osprey, for ages 9-13. June 26-28, $375. This is a 3 day 2 night camp at Eco Camp Berryessa. Campers will explore the lake on canoes (with Lifeguards), swim in a protected part of the lake, play awesome nature based games, dusk hike, campfire, and of coarse s'mores! Check Out the Summer Camp Video Click Here:
**How many times can you spot the Pinata?**
We also provide adult experiences throughout the year, so stay posted or invite us out to any park you want or even tide-pools at the ocean. If you would like a private tour with one of our professional naturalist that can also be arranged and at a very reasonable rate, just get in touch.
Environmental Education Consultation Services
With over 50 years of combined education experience, we have seen a lot of change in the industry and can help your organization learn from our experiences.
I am the founder/owner and one of the naturalists of the Mycelium Project. I've been teaching for 20+ years in a number of capacities, indoors and outdoors. Some classroom experience, and a bunch of years teaching outdoor science and environmental education, including a few challenge courses. I believe in creating learning experiences that feed the parts of ourselves that has to know "what's under that log?," or "can I really catch a fish with this cup?!" and the magic of "Sun, Soil, Water and Air!"
I started the Mycelium Project in 2009 with 3 classes from Mt. George Elementary School in Napa, and to date we have had over 3,400 kids and over 750 adults out on field trips from dozens of classes and summer programs. We have planted over 500 native trees, and been a part of over 20 restoration projects with many different government and non-government organizations.
Other Naturalists in the Project:
Cowgirl Julie Ehlers~ an educator for over 30 years, in and out of the classroom, and brings a vast knowledge of the animal world, as well as Native Uses of Plants.
Jay Jessen~ comes to teaching with a caring gentle heart and a keen sense of observation. Jay is employed by the Napa County Parks and Open Space District.
Jessica Ardizzone~ is a natural with kids and leading groups, and knows Bothe Park like no other. Jessica is employed by the Napa County Parks and Open Space District.
Sarah Clark~ is our resident Geologist and one of the newest members of the team. Sarah is employed by the Napa County Parks and Open Space District.
Joe Joe Clark~ is also a newcomer to Teaching and Naturalist work and he has taken a real Lichen to it. His passion and expertise is Native Flora, especially rare flowers. Joe Joe is also employed by the Napa County Parks and Open Space District.
Organizations/Schools We Collaborate With:
Napa County Open Space District
Napa Resource Conservation District
Mt. George Elementary, Napa
American Canyon High School, American Canyon
Bellevue Elementary, Santa Rosa
Calistoga Elementary, Calistoga
Calistoga Jr High, Calistoga
Howell Mt. Elementary, Angwin
McPherson Elementary, Napa
Napa Junction Elementary, American Canyon
Phillips Elementary, Napa
Pueblo Vista, Napa
St. Helena Primary School, St. Helena
Yountville Elementary, Yountville
Vilda Nature School, Marin County
It's been said...
"It was a pleasure and an honor to be able to bring my Kindergarten class to your outdoor school. The lessons they learned about the environment and all of the plants and animals in it was amazing. My students were excited and talked about what they saw at the park for weeks. This was a great gift to them."
- Brandy Fischer, Teacher
"I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful field trip you provided for our 2nd and 3rd grade classes. This field trip was beneficial to our students in so many wonderful ways. We were able to incorporate physical education, language arts, critical thinking, and science. The academic vocabulary was grade level appropriate and well integrated throughout the day. It was wonderful to let our students learn and engage with physical hands-on lessons."
- Lisa Guerrero, Teacher
"I have never seen them so engaged as when they were looking for creatures in the creek. They looked like little scientists. Thank you again for your kindness and patience with my class."
- Lesli Hie, 1st Grade Teacher
"When we sit on the edge of the creek we
think at how much we love wildlife
We are like small creatures on this tiny
And thank you for everything you taught us
on the trip"
- Lesley, 7th Grade Student
"Out of our comfort zone,
The park opened us up to new things,
We learn about survival,
The ratio between mountain lions and deer,
The hike was eye opening,
We all learned so much, finally,
At the creek, we all joined forces
To explore and discover,
Bothe Park is a memory we won't soon forget"
- Quenna, 7th Grade Student
"While I sit next to the creek,
I hear the noisy birds speak.
I lift a rock and find a salamander,
He looks important, as if he is a Lieutenant Commander.
I listen to the shallow creek flow,
I sit here and wonder if dinosaurs roamed here many years ago.
Hunter and I laugh and joke as we continue down the wooded trail,
When suddenly we come across a California Quail.
This hiking trip turned out to be quite an adventure,
I will return with my family in the very near future."
- Kody, 7th Grade Student
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That change the world
"...life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable." -Helen Keller
"As you will discover, mushrooms help us reconnect to nature in profound ways. Mushrooms, mysterious and once feared,
can be powerful allies for protecting the planet
from the ecological injury we inflict." - Paul Stamets
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."- Maya Angelou
"There is no change without dream,
as there is no dream without hope."- Paulo Freire
"A mind that is stretched to a new idea
never returns to its original dimension"- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's precisely why I succeed."
- Michael Jordan
"Failing to plan is planning to fail." - Effie Jones
"Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." -anonymous
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." - Albert Einstein
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science" - Albert Einstein
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."
- Nelson Mandela
"Poison Oak is a Protector and a Teacher,
it teaches us awareness and respect.
It just wants us to notice it and leave it alone,
and everything around it is protected from people who recognize it" - Jonny Ehlers
"When the power of love overcomes love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix
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some of them here~
of Events with The Mycelium Project
Teachers: For Napa County we are continuing this 2018-19 school year, we are offering free field trips at Napa Bothe State Park and other Napa County Regional Parks and Open Space properties, contact us below to get more information.
Sonoma County Teachers, we are here to help you get your students outside and get them excited about science, nature, team-building, language arts and more.
And, Go Golden State Warriors!
of Events with The Mycelium Project
Free 3rd Saturday Hikes with Napa County Open Space District
Night Hike 1/19/2019: 5:30 pm, Oat Hill Mine Trail-head, Calistoga. Start the year off right with a great hike at night. We'll explore the wildlife that comes out at night as well as the amazing stars above as we meander up the trail about a mile and a half, then cruise back down. Bundle up in layers and bring water.
Geology Hike 2/16/2019: 10 am, Mt. St Helena Trail parking lot in Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park off Hwy 29. Join Sarah and Jay as they lead the group up to a great overlook and discuss the local geology, source of the hot springs and the quicksilver mining of the Northern Napa County. This hike does go uphill a ways so, bring Layers and Water.
Flower Hike 3/16/2019: 10 am, Oat Hill Mine Trail-head, Calistoga. Join Joe Joe's in his stomping ground and the flowers in spring here are unbelievable. Some steep parts to this trail and mostly uphill until we turn around and head back down. Bring layers, water and a camera.
Birds Hike 4/20/2019: 10 am, Wetlands Edge Park parking lot, American Canyon. Jessica and I will have the spotting scopes out, and we'll take a hike about 2 flat miles to view the migrating birds and local shorebirds. Bring water and binoculars (only if you already have them, otherwise you can borrow ours).
Flowers of Moore Creek 5/18/2018: 10 am, Moore Creek parking lot. The wildflowers out there are stunning during the mid-late spring and you know if Joe Joe is out there you'll see a ton! This hike will have a fair amount of uphill at first then it levels off before heading back down.