Mushroom Foray Hike & Camp!
We'll be returning again to the LTNS for a guided walking/hike tour with well known mycologist David Lewis. As president of the Gulf States Mycological Society
, he will be leading a walk for collecting and then identifying mushrooms! With over 750 acres LTNS is a huge place to check out the possible mushroom growth. This is a Visitors Weekend at the LTNS. I'll explain more about that at the end…
Optimal (but not required) Mushroom Collecting Tips:
Bring a BASKET to carry the collected mushrooms. This way they won't get crushed in your backpack.
Bring wax paper baggies or small paper bags to put the mushrooms in, these then get placed in your basket.
Bring a large knife or hand held planting trowel. Use these to get the full mushroom out of the ground.
Walking stick/cane. Beat down underbrush and whack away spiderwebs!
What's going to happen:
Get there AT 9am.
We head out walking/exploring around 10am.
Return to the lodge at noon, where we will round up all the speciems collected for David to begin identifying.
We'll eat lunch.
David will then proceed to talk about the mushrooms found.
Afterwards you are free to head home, head back out, trek around, set up camp…
If you decide to camp:
- This is a WILD area. Tics are present. Dress appropriately and bring repellant.
- There is no water or electricity.
- There is a OUTHOUSE for use.
- There are no lights. It get DARK.
- 3-4 tables in the main camp area
- There are two fire areas, no fires except in the pits. Bringing your own JetBoil or Colman Cooking Stove is okay.
- Make sure you either have a designated GPS or can use your phone. There is "okay" iPhone AT&T service there. BE RESPONSIBLE!
- Make sure you bring trash bags, everything brought in, needs to be brought out!
Around 5/6pm the Outdoor Nature Club, owners of the LTNS, will be hosting their "Happy Hour", which is a shared BYOB and snacks.
Once it gets dark, the ONC puts on a black light cloth collection for attracting moths. There is also a member of the group who generally brings out a VERY LARGE telescope if the weather is good.
This is a private area of the Sam Houston National Forest, known as the Little Thicket Nature Club (LTNS) which is owned and run by the Outdoor Nature Club (ONC). The ONC was established in 1923! There have been relatively few people to this forest area. One of the greatest things I noticed while walking through this area the last time I came, was the LACK of trash in the park. So again, prepare for true wilderness!
Outdoor Nature Club
Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary (LTNS)
How to get there: