Delicious, deadly, magical, intoxicating, mysterious. Throughout history, mushrooms have been considered both food and foe. With the recent focus on locally sourced food and foraging, the allure of the mushroom doesn’t seem to be slowing down. If anything, mushrooms are now more popular than ever.

Join us at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 from 1 to 3 p.m. to learn more about their uses and healthy benefits. Visitors will also have the opportunity to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibit, “Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi,” before it closes on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 at 5 p.m.

About the Speaker: Briana Boaz fell in love with fungi while attending the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). She then completed a Master’s at UC Berkeley, researching plant ecology, mycology, and soil science. She studied the symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi of pine species such as invasive lodgepole pines in New Zealand and ancient bristlecone pines in the White Mountains of California (oldest living organism in the world!). Briana is currently the Natural Resources Professor & Program Coordinator at Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma County. When not professing, she enjoys hiking, backpacking and mushroom hunting.

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military/senior), $7 (student), and $5 (children ages 6 to 12). Children 5 & under and Museum members are free. Parking is free and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information, visit

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.