An Independent Episcopal Day School for Ages 3 Through 12th Grade in Burlington, New Jersey

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Investigating the Miraculous, Near-Secret World of Fungi

The Fungus Among Us:

Our Third Grade "Tree Team" is learning about Mycology, the study of fungus, with the help of landscape architect Mark Jendrzejewski and Lower School Science teacher Ms. Bonnie Smith. The children started their long-term mycology project in Doane's "Discovery Woods" by planting spores of Shiitake and Chicken of the Woods mushrooms, both edible, in oak branches which had been rescued from the wood chipper when a pin oak tree was removed from our campus.

The spore plugs were put into pre-drilled holes in the logs, hammered in, and then capped with wax by the Third Graders. It is expected to take a year or more before our first mushroom harvest, so we started a smaller sawdust block of shiitake mushrooms in the Lower School Science Room, which we anticipate will yield mushrooms within a few weeks. In the meantime, students are observing, predicting, researching and recording our fungus findings. We will let you know when the mushroom pizza will be served!


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