Discover the mysterious world that exists between
and connects all life on Earth.
A giant screen film unlike any before...
All life on Earth is connected by a great mystery we are only just beginning to unravel. Hidden between the world of plants and animals, another world exists…Fungi: Web of Life. We’ll begin in the mysterious world of the forest floor, where fungi are the central players in nature’s story of birth, death, and rebirth to discover that life as we know it simply would not exist without them.
Join acclaimed British biologist, Dr. Merlin Sheldrake, on a quest to find an incredibly precious blue mushroom, against the backdrop of Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine rainforest. Merlin will show us some the grandest and strangest organisms ever discovered, showcased through jaw-dropping time-lapse cinematography, in a landscape largely unchanged from the time of the dinosaurs. Fungi have important lessons to teach humanity about survival through cooperation. Indeed, these incredible lifeforms may hold the key to solving some of humanity’s most urgent problems. With millions more species to discover, our journey into the secret world of fungi has only just begun.
EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THESE MIRACULOUS ORGANISMS
Below you can find six NGSS-aligned lesson plans, spanning grades 3-8, that complement the film. Students will explore the remarkable behavior of fungi through outdoor activities, scientific experiments, large group simulations, and creative activities in art or drama.
Lessons cover characteristics of organisms, life cycles, and habitats for students in Grades 3-5. Learners in Grades 6-8 will examine ecosystem roles, the interconnection of organisms, and environmental protection.
Production stills by Stephen Axford, Planet Fungi