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    • 25 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Jacob Lake, AZ
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    EVENT: 2019 Morel Foray #5

    DATE: POSTPONED - Saturday, Jun 1, 2019

    (This foray was pushed back from the originally scheduled date of 5-11/12 due to excess snow, closed access roads, and a conflict with Mothers' Day. It is possible it will be further pushed back another week or two, depending on the weather and road conditions, but that decision will be made a week or ten days from the event.)

    DESTINATION: Kaibab Plateau


    • You will NOT be able to register for this foray, or any of the other May 2019 morel forays, until just after midnight on May 1. 
    • On May 1 and May 2, please register for only ONE of the May 2019 forays. That way all members get a better chance at going on at least one trip.
    • On and after May 3,  you can register for any of the forays that still have space available, or add yourself to the waiting list for those that are full.
    • Please register yourself as the "Foray Registrant", then add a Guest registration for every adult in your household who is coming on the foray. They each need to consent to the Terms of Use & Liability Waiver.
    • Please make sure that the names of any minor children you are bringing appear in the "Children" field on your registration form. 
    • Please arrive with a full tank of gas, water, and  lunch.

    MEETING PLACE: Jacob Lake Inn, Jacob Lake, AZ



    THEME: Fire Morel harvest; only limited instruction. You should take a moment to learn the difference between true and false morels if you've never hunted them before.

    PHYSICAL FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate. You should be able to walk 2 miles on uneven ground at 8000 feet of elevation. 

    VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Passenger cars should be able to make the trip, but if there are washouts or mud puddles, they could have trouble. High clearance vehicles are recommended.

    EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: We suggest you bring a basket, soft brush, knife, emergency whistle, cell phone, lunch, snacks, and water. Keep in mind that we will be on a burn site, and your shoes and clothes will become sooty and muddy.

    EXPECTED WEATHER: Sunny, 70's.

    LODGING: Jacob Lake Inn or Kaibab Lodge. There are also hotels at Marble Canyon, Kanab, and Page. Hotels in this part of the world fill quickly! Do not delay making a reservation.

    ALTERNATE DESTINATION: Mogollon Rim (Check your emails on Friday evening by 6:00 pm, in case plans have changed.)

    FORAY CAPTAIN: Mike Dechter, (505) 205-0855,

    As always, it is possible that no morels or few morels will be found, and you must be prepared for this possible disappointment. It is also possible that high winds, significant snowfall, flooding, thunderstorms, or other unforeseen circumstances may require a foray to be cancelled or brought to an early end. 

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Holland Community Center, 34250 N 60th St., Bldg B Scottsdale, AZ 85266
    • 11

    Interested in truffles?

    Learn about truffle cultivation from co-founder of the American Truffle Company, Robert Chang. Founded in 2007 by Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas, American Truffle Company partners with North American land owners to create a custom-tailored approach for cultivating European black truffles that relies on years of scientific research and data from diverse truffle orchards in over 25 countries across the world. 

    Mr. Chang will be coming to share the process used by American Truffle Company to partner with land owners for growing Périgord black truffles. Their efforts have recently been covered in National Geographic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other major media providers. We wanted to provide an opportunity to AMS members and contacts to learn more about this interesting and evolving endeavor. 

    Where: Holland Community Center, Scottsdale, AZ

    When: Saturday June 8th, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    How: Please register ASAP before the space for this event is filled. Registration is currently open for AMS members. If space is still available 1 month before the event, it will be opened for non-members at a price of $30/person.

    AMS members - $25

    Cultivation of highly prized truffles, such as the Périgord black truffle (Tuber melanosperma) in American has been a struggle. In 1970, Gerard Chvalier and Jean Grente, scientists at France's Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, developed a way to reliably inoculate the seeds of trees so they carry the truffle fungus. Yet, the finicky nature of the fungus and lack of understanding about their environmental preferences has continued to make cultivation of truffles difficult. With changes in precipitation and temperature in recent years and anticipated into the future, traditional truffle harvesting regions have experienced declines in harvests and the need to better understand truffle biology and ecology has become more urgent.

    Chang is a former Yahoo executive whose company has gone the high-tech route, leveraging truffle farm data ranging from soil temperature to solar radiation to increase his chances of success. 

    This presentation will focus on learning more about the methods and science behind truffle cultivation and find out how American Truffle Company works with landowners to plant and manage lands for truffle production. Whether you have dreams of managing your own truffle farm or simply want to learn more about the unique and complicated process of cultivating what is considered the most delicious fungi in the world, please consider joining us.

    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Flagstaff, Willow Bend Environmental Education Center

    Learn how to grow your own mushrooms with local expert Kevin Fitzgerald. This workshop is perfect for the home-based mushroom cultivation hobbyist or those exploring the potential for small-scale commercial production. 

    In addition to learning about mushroom cultivation, you will get an opportunity to purchase mushroom grown products and foods from Tina Campbell. Tina and Kevin have grown their business from the ground up and are uniquely qualified to share techniques and lessons learned on how to grow mushrooms and create value added products from a home-based business.

    Kevin Fitzgerald and Tina Campbell are the owners and operators of Sun Valley Harvest, LLC. An urban farm providing gourmet mushrooms to local markets in the Phoenix, Prescott and Flagstaff areas. They grow approximately 150 pounds of a broad variety of species per week, and manage the entire production and sales operation from spore to store. Tina makes a number of tinctures, oils, spice mixes, and other culinary and medicinal products including running the Mush Luv business that offers many of these products and consultation services. Kevin manages the lab and cultivation process. Starting on a hobby scale he has grown from mini green house and small humidifier to full size room fully climate controlled.

    The workshop costs $25 per person. There will be two sessions, each with a capacity of 25 each. This event is only available to AMS members. If there are still spots available one week prior to the event it will be opened up to the general public for registration.

    This course is a special opportunity for hands on learning from those who grow, cultivate, create and sell fungi products on a daily basis. All participants will go home with a mushroom grow bag and there will be lunch for sale of home grown/homemade mushroom tacos and reishi jasmine iced tea. For the mushroom lover, this will be an undeniable treat. Given Father's day is the week before, it is also an opportunity to indulge that special someone with a fun and valuable learning experience in the cool environs of Flagstaff at the height of summer. 

    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • White Mountains, AZ
    • 100

    The 2019 Annual Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Society will be returning to the White Mountains of eastern Arizona on August 2nd through the 4th. Mycologist, author, and photographer Noah Siegel, chef and author Chad Hyatt, and dyer extraordinaire Alissa Allen are our marquee guests this year. 

    Boletus Rubriceps - A. SofriniePhoto: A. Sofronie


    More information and registration will be available as we get closer to the date of the event.


    We can always use volunteers! An event like this requires a lot of work, but if lots of people pitch in there is very little burden for any one individual. You will have a chance to sign up for any or all of the following when you register:

    • Foray co-captains: We need people who know the areas we will be hunting and can ride "drag" at the back of the convoy to help everyone get there, and back home if necessary. You'll help the captain with roll calls, looking for lost people, etc.
    • Greeters: We need people to be available to meet our participants, whether at the Friday reception or later in the weekend, and distribute name tags and meal tickets.
    • Volunteer identifiers: Knowledgeable mushroom hunters who are willing to provide basic ID of familiar edible and toxic species while on forays.
    • Cooking demo helpers: We need a couple of people who can help set up for Chad Hyatt's demo on Saturday and then clean up afterwards
    • Silent auction/raffle helpers to assist Beth Bilodeau with our fund-raisers
    • Lunch bag and drinks assistants to make sure everyone receives their brown bag lunch at breakfast, and that each foray goes out with an ice chest full of soft drinks.
    • Cleanup on Sunday after the foray
    • Audiovisual setup assistants for our presentations
    • General volunteer sherpas for any task that needs to be done.

Past events

19 May 2019 Morel Foray #4.5 - Sunday May 19, 2019 - CANCELLED
09 May 2019 Morel Foray #4 - Thursday 9 May 2019 - Mt. Graham
08 May 2019 Morel Foray #3 - Wednesday 8 May 2019 - Mogollon Rim
05 May 2019 Morel Foray #2 - Sunday 5 May 2019 - Mogollon Rim
04 May 2019 Morel Foray #1 - Saturday 4 May 2019 - CHANGED TO MOGOLLON RIM
16 Mar 2019 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
19 Feb 2019 Educational Class: New non-sterile method for growing oyster mushrooms
16 Feb 2019 Learn how to Cultivate Mushrooms Workshop
08 Dec 2018 2018 Winter Meeting & Potluck
26 Nov 2018 Taylor Lockwood Fungal Photography Lecture
10 Nov 2018 AMS Leadership Meeting
03 Nov 2018 1st Annual Fall Mushroom Harvest Potluck
06 Oct 2018 Snap foray: Fall morel look and learn
30 Aug 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners (Tucson)
25 Aug 2018 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
18 Aug 2018 Coppa Cafe Forager's Feast
18 Aug 2018 Flagstaff Arboretum Mushroom Field Trip and Tasting 2018
10 Aug 2018 2018 AMS Annual Foray
04 Aug 2018 The "Consolation" Foray on the Mogollon Rim
02 Aug 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners (Reprised)
19 Jul 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
16 Jun 2018 AMS Board of Directors Meeting - June 2018
09 Dec 2017 2017 Winter Meeting & Potluck
04 Sep 2017 Labor Day Snap Foray
26 Aug 2017 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
18 Aug 2017 Flagstaff Arboretum Mushroom Festival and Foray
10 Aug 2017 2017 NAMA Regional Foray in Arizona
05 Aug 2017 2017 AMS Annual Foray
27 Jul 2017 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
27 May 2017 Last Chance North Rim Morel Foray - Late May 2017
06 May 2017 Spring Mushroom Dinner at Salt Restaurant
23 Apr 2017 Mid-April 2017 Morel Foray
25 Mar 2017 Culinary Committee Meeting 3/25/17
17 Dec 2016 2016 Winter Meeting & Potluck
17 Sep 2016 Coppa Café Mushroom Dinner & Preservation Workshop
31 Aug 2016 Tucson Member Meeting August 2016
14 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Sunday Sessions
13 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Wild Food Dinner
13 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Saturday Sessions
30 Jul 2016 Katey's Memorial Porcini Foray
30 Jul 2016 Flagstaff Snap Foray
10 Dec 2015 Annual Winter Meeting & Potluck

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