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Mushroom Art in the Field with Cooper Malin and the Western Montana Mycological Association

September 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

DATE: September 18
TIMES: 11:00- 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Meet at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula. We will walk through the garden to explore Sleven’s Island.

Cost: $20 MNHC and WMMA members / $30 non-members. Scholarships are available! Please contact cmorris [at] montananaturalist.org for more information.
You can add an MNHC membership at checkout. You can become a member of WMAA here.
Take to the field looking for mushrooms with the Western Montana Mycological Association and then learn how to draw them with graphic designer and illustrator Cooper Malin.
This class combines the joy of discovery with the pleasure of art. Look for conks or ephemeral delicate gilled mushrooms among the trees. WMAA will identify your finds, providing mycological information and insight. Cooper will guide your sketches and drawings of the mushrooms with thoughtful tips and techniques. Everything will be provided for you to make beautiful art outside!
Instructor: Cooper Malin is a designer and illustrator currently working towards a degree in Wildlife Biology. He lives in rural Montana and much of his inspiration comes from these natural surroundings. I balance my career in illustration with summer field work in biology. He is particularly interested in plants and has had opportunities to study and collect them across much of the West. Cooper has several reoccurring weekly comic strips in newspapers and his botanical illustrations are used by florists and farmers alike. With every opportunity he strives to create illustrations that are alive with a story all their own.
What to Bring:
  • water, snacks
  • lunch
  • clothes appropriate for changing Montana weather conditions
  • hiking boots or sneakers

COVID Precautions:

  • small class limited to 12 students
  • masks may be required or recommended indoors depending on CDC guidelines and Missoula numbers
  • vaccinated MNHC staff and instructors


What’s the refund policy?

The course fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.

In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.

If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.

If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.


September 18, 2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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