Mushroom Madness at Lafferty

Lafferty Ranch  
Saturday December 9th,10am to 1pm 

Led by Lafferty Docents Carole Coates and Teddy Herzog 

With Mycologist Taye Bright 

This event is now full. Please only register if you would like to join the waitlist. 

A group of people walk up a dirt path towards a tree-covered hill.



Join LandPaths and Taye Bright for a hike around Lafferty Ranch and mushroom identification. Thanks to the city of Petaluma you can come join mycologist Taye Bright who is also a naturalist and all-around biophile also passionate about fungal ecology, plant-fungal symbioses, bioremediation, ethnomycology, community science and conservation.  She leads classes, courses, workshops and walks around California and beyond focusing on increasing accessibility of mycological and ecological education outside of conventional academia. Taye is the Education and Outreach coordinator for CoRenewal, on the Conservation and Stewardship committee for the North American Mycological Association, and sits on the board for the Sonoma County Mycological Association and Bay Area Applied Mycology. On this hike we will explore the mushrooms of Lafferty and see what they have to offer us. This outing will focus on mushroom identification and education. Everyone is welcome, this a great oppurtunity for people who are new to the wonderful world of mushrooms! 


  • Space is limited so register as soon as you can. 
  • The hike will be led by Lafferty Docents, Carole Coates and Teddy Herzog alongside Taye Bright. 
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver upon arrival 
  • No restrooms available. This is a rustic property. Please plan accordingly. 
  • You will recieve a confirmation email upon registration. If you do not recieve an email then you are not registered for the outing. 
  • 2-3 days before the outimg you will recieve an email from the lead facilitator with the exact location, driving directions, and parking information. 
  • Please note that there are no dogs or smoking allowed at Lafferty Ranch. 


This is about a 3 mile there and back hike with an elevation gain of about 500 feet featuring a steep uphill feature on a generally narrow trail with lots of rocks. Walking sticks are recommended. We will be going at a slower speed than most hikes in order to focus on the mushrooms and identification! 

About the area:

This 270-acre property is the only publicly owned land on the west side of Sonoma Mountain. Under contract with the City of Petaluma, Landpaths has been leading hikes on the land to introduce groups to its history and natural features since the summer of 2022. The hiking terrain ranges from broad, gentle meadows to steep challenging hillsides. We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Petaluma Valley, stretching southwards to Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo, all the way to San Francisco. The trail passes through groves of venerable oak and bay trees along the Adobe Creek, with a total elevation gain of 500’. You'll enjoy panoramic vistas, and a babbling, perennial stream. The hike will be above the creek up to a vista point at the mid-point meadow, where we will stop to enjoy the panoramic views and snacks before returning to our cars.  

What to bring: 

  • Bottle of water, snacks, and lunch for the day

  • Comfortable clothing to protect from cold weather (hat/beanie, lots of layers, rainjacket)

  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes (that can get dirty and waterproof if possible)

  • Recommended: Hand lens or mushroom ID books if you have any 

Where we will meet you: 

Driving directions, parking details, and exact location of Lafferty Ranch will be sent 2 to 3 days before the event by the outings field specialist. Parking at Lafferty is extremely limited. You must be registered for the outing to attend. No drop-ins, please! Space is limited to those who register in advance. 


Our staff is certified in the minimum of CPR and First Aid, and they have training and years of experience working in outdoor spaces. All staff has had their backgrounds checked through fingerprinting.

Additional details:

Scholarships/work trades
Don't have the funds? reach out to us about sliding-scale scholarships.


If you have accessibility questions, please call or email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Same-day cancellations:
Please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 7 am the morning of the day if you wish to confirm. If you don't hear a cancellation notice in the highlighted voicemail, the day hasn't been canceled.

How to sign up: 

Click here! 


Do you need help registering?

  • call Roxy at 707-544-7284 ext 103 or

  • email her at

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