• 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

    but,

    Today We have the power to consider them with the choices we make."

    The Mycelium Project

    my-ce-li-um

    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!

     

    TEACHERS

    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.

     

    BIRTHDAY PARTIES?

    Yes! You tell us where and we'll bring the games, stories and activities!

     

    SUMMERS

    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

     

    SUMMER CAMP

    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!

     

    ADULTS

    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.

    Jonny Ehlers

    aka 'Jaw-Knee'

    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...

    Testimonials

    "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

    earth

    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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    Wise Words

    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

     

    "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

     

    "Selfishness leads to world domination and then the world just takes you out anyway, so don't do it." - Jonny Ehlers

     

    "Scared animals (like people) do silly things, like bite and scratch, so try not to scare them. Be aware of your body-language." - Jonny

     

    "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

     

    ~Submit your own wise words or someone else's and we'll put

    some of them here~

    Bulletin Board

    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.

     

    Stay Posted!

    And, Go Golden State Warriors!

    Bulletin Board

    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.

     

     

     

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