UPDATE 6/3/2017: This foray has now filled. We regret that the number of spaces is limited, but you can put your name on the waiting list at the registration page.
Perhaps you would enjoy coming to the AMS Annual Foray instead.
This event will take place at 9,000 feet elevation amidst the cool mixed-conifer forests of Arizona's White Mountains. If you think of Arizona as only dry desert, you may find it surprising, but fungal growth in our high mountains is diverse and exuberant in the wet monsoon season of late summer. Fungal fruiting is typically at its peak in early August.
We look forward to welcoming you to our little-known but interesting corner of the mycosphere. If you have any questions, you may contact Chris May, the President of the AMS, at 480-326-6863 or via email.
The foray will open on Thursday evening, August 10, 2017 and close at mid-day on Sunday, August 13.
However, the Phoenix airport shuttle will also be stopping for short forays in the different biomes along the way to and from the meeting. Any "early birds" who are in town in Wednesday Aug. 9 are invited to meet at Salt Restaurant in Pinetop at 7:30 for an informal dinner.
Those who want to make more extended forays before or after our organized event will find unlimited opportunities to do so in the vast national forests of northern and eastern Arizona, where no permits are required for harvesting mushrooms for personal use.
Our dates of August 10-13 are just a week before the famous Telluride Mushroom Festival, a half-day's drive to the north of our meeting location, which may appeal to those who wish to make a long trip out West.
Deadline for submitting your registration and payment in full is 8/1/2017. After 8/1/2017, no lodging refunds will be issued. After 8/7/2017, no other refunds will be issued.
The base registration fee for this event is $45. This price includes all of our forays, evening programs, workshops, cooking demonstration, and supplies such as collection slips and wax-paper bags. Space is limited to 75 registrants.
Lodging, meal plan, and Phoenix airport shuttle charges are additional (see below). The average attendee who books a double-occupancy hotel room and full meal plan will pay a total of $284.50.
Please note that you must be a member of the North American Mycological Association to participate in NAMA Regional Forays. Members enrolled as of May 2nd received a registration code by email directly from NAMA. This code is required in order for the registration page to be completed. If you are not a member, please join before registering for the foray. After you join, you can send a copy of your paid-up NAMA membership statement to the AMS President to obtain the code.
Arizona Mushroom Society members, please note: This foray -- unlike all our other forays -- is not included with your membership dues, and you must join NAMA to participate.
Once you have received your registration code, please visit the following link to register and pay for this foray:
We will be guests on the homelands of the Apache people, who call themselves Dzil Łigai Si'án Ndee, or "People of the White Mountains." From the days when their ancestors depended for their lives on the bounty of these lush forests, to today's profitable tribal tourism, hunting, fishing, and timber enterprises, these forests have sustained the tribe since time immemorial.
The Apache reservation lands are open to visitors who purchase a daily recreational permit. You will find a kaleidoscope of mushrooms in their enormous forests, perfect for photography, but be advised that mushroom gathering is not permitted on the Reservation and the fines for doing so are steep. In addition, certain areas of the reservation are strictly off-limits to those who are not members of the tribe. Tread lightly in this beautiful and sacred place.
Adjoining the Apache reservation, there are many thousands of square miles of public land administered by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Arizona State Land Department. Our group forays will take place on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, by special-use permit.
The Sunrise Park Hotel is located next to Sunrise Lake, near the foot of the Sunrise Ski Area. It lies on the east side of AZ-273 about 4 miles south of AZ-260, roughly midway between the towns of Pinetop and Springerville.