for beginners



foraging on the coast

Shaggy Jack’s Wild Mushrooms is a mushroom foraging and education enterprise located in Gibsons, on British Columbia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. We provide locally foraged wild edible & medicinal mushrooms for restaurants & markets.

Our primary mission is to educate people about the ecology of mushrooms and how to safely identify & sustainably harvest wild edible species through classroom presentations & educational forest foraging culinary adventure tours.

foraging classes

By attending this workshop you’ll feel comfortable to go foraging with a guidebook and be able to identify safe-to-eat mushrooms that you can forage and cook at home. We will start with a learning component indoors so you can learn the keys to identifying mushrooms that are safe to eat and which are poisonous (this is critical!). Then we will head outside for a short foraging excursion so you can learn in real-time how to forage correctly. This is a rewarding skill that lasts a lifetime.

Part 1: Introduction To Mushroom Identification

Classroom Presentation: Shaggy Jack gives beginners a crash course slideshow presentation in mushroom foraging, teaching the basics of mushroom life cycles & ecology, how to safely identify & pick mushrooms, what resources are needed for mushroom picking, & introduces students to a wide variety of common edible, medicinal & toxic mushroom species found on the Sunshine Coast, with tips on identifying, harvesting, processing & cooking specific species.

Part 2: Forest Foraging Excursion

For the second half of the class, Shaggy Jack takes students on a field trip to one of his favorite mushroom picking spots to identify & forage for mushrooms in their natural forest habitat. This gives students hands-on experience picking mushrooms while Shaggy Jack helps students identify mushrooms and answers their questions.

Registration will open in September 2022.

Contact us


mushroomania festival society

PO Box 1553
Gibsons, BC
V0N 1V0


Gibsons Public Market
473 Gower Point Rd, Gibsons BC


Sat, Oct 29  | 10am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 30  | 10am - 5pm


Heritage Playhouse
662 North Rd, Gibsons, BC


Fri, Oct 28  | 7pm