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Oyster mushroom, pleurotus cornucopiae, on an oak log.

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CHARLESTON — South Slough will start off the New Year with the science film "Earth the Inside Story" from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Interpretive Center, 61907 Seven Devils Road, in Charleston. Trace the geologic story of our home planet, beginning with its formation four and a half billion years ago and continuing with its evolution to the present. Interspersed with footage of earthquakes and volcanoes, this film features a diverse group of leading geologists who reveal the latest thinking about how the Earth works, from the core to the crust and up to the atmosphere. Come enjoy the big screen, awesome sound system and popcorn, free but please register. 

There will be an Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, also at the Slough. This fun, informative, hands-on mushroom cultivation workshop will teach you about Fungi's important role in the forest as decomposers, and we can mimic that role in our backyard gardens. Using local hardwoods, you will make your own mushroom producing log that should produce well into the future. The workshop will cover the tools needed and instructions for how to successfully grow gourmet food and medicine. Class will be limited to 25 participants. Cost is $20 per person each log.

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Register online at www.southsloughestuary.org. Questions about these programs? Contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at 541-888-5558, ext. 126   eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us.

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. All cancellations must be received 48 hrs. prior to the start of a program to receive a refund.

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