MDC welcomes mushroom expert Taylor Lockwood to Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 11

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Mushroom hunting is a popular pastime.  One the world’s foremost mushroom hunters is Taylor Lockwood.  Lockwood is an acclaimed nature photographer who has spent 34 years exploring the U.S. and dozens of other countries, ranging from Borneo to Zimbabwe, in search of the world’s most beautiful mushrooms and fungi. Along the way, he has amassed an incredible body of knowledge and images.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will host a special presentation by Lockwood Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.  The program is titled My Great Adventure: The Most Beautiful Mushrooms in the World by Taylor Lockwood and is open to anyone age 12 and up. Lockwood will share highlights of his odysseys with photos and animations of fungi and mushrooms, from the beautiful to the bioluminescent. 

Lockwood is the author of two books, Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi and Chasing the Rain, and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs, The Mushroom Identification Trilogy, and The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly.

Lockwood’s photographs have also been published by the US Postal Service, New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Scientific American, and more.

The program is free, but advanced online registration is required at

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.