Have you always wanted to forage for mushrooms but you're unsure about positively identifying them?

Our seasonal Identification Classes at Gentleman Forager are organized to teach specifically about mushrooms found in Spring, Summer, or Fall. The classes are designed for you to take any course you choose, or all three seasons. For each course, you will learn to positively identify at least four popular and common species of wild, edible mushrooms—native to Minnesota and found throughout the world.

Our classes are perfect for the beginner, or for any experienced mushroomer who wants to brush up on their skills. Veteran mushroom hunter Mike Kempenich—owner of Gentleman Forager and past wild mushroom identification certification instructor at both the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin Extensions—is your instructor. Mike has 40 years of experience in the woods. He will help you traverse the world of wild mushroom foraging and will also reveal to you his many tips to be successful.

Each class includes thorough wild mushroom descriptions and easy-to-remember identification methods. You'll complete each class knowing where to look for a certain species, when to hunt and how to positively identify them. These wild species include morel, porcini, black trumpet, chanterelle, lobster and many more.

After taking these Identification Classes, you will become a confident mushroom forager. Our goal is to have you successfully finding wild mushrooms and using them in the kitchen—secure in your knowledge to positively identify them—every time.

Your knowledge and skills will amaze and delight your family and friends as they sample your freshly foraged mushrooms. You'll also have a lot of fun taking the classes and getting to know Mike--AKA Gentleman Forager!

Upcoming Classes

  • Ruttger's Resort Morel Hunt & Class
    Sat, May 15
    Ruttgers Bay Lake Resort
    May 15, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Ruttgers Bay Lake Resort, 25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444, USA
    Don’t you deserve a day or weekend of adventure and fun? Venture out this Spring with Gentleman Forager at the beautiful Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort, in Deerwood Minnesota. Learn to positively identify four species of delicious Minnesota mushrooms: morel, puffball, black trumpet and oyster. Then join
  • Summer Wild Mushroom Identification Class
    Jun 13, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Minneapolis, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
    Class covers Chanterelles, Chicken of the Woods, Yellowfoot and Hedgehog mushrooms!
  • Fall Wild Mushroom Identification Class
    Aug 01, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Minneapolis, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
    Class covers Maitake, Porcini, Lobster, Cloud Mushroom and Pink Cherub.