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"Bottoms Up! Citizen Science and the North American Mycoflora Project"

What do we know about where mushrooms live, their diversity, and how to identify them? What don't we know? Why does it matter at all? What is a citizen scientist? Come find out the answers to these questions and more – you will leave feeling empowered to contribute your knowledge to the book we are all writing together – the book of Life on Earth.

Christian Schwarz is a naturalist currently living in Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms).  He studied Ecology and Evolution at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, collecting, and researching macrofungi.  He is coauthor of "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast”.  Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms – from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublimely beautiful.  Besides dabbling in mushroom taxonomy, he loves fish, plants, nudibranchs, moths, and dragonflies.  He is passionate about citizen science, especially iNaturalist.

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Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.