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Upcoming events

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Alameda Building, Arizona State University, Tempe
    • 0
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    Bill Warner, former VP of the AMS, will once again deliver his presentation entitled Mushrooming Arizona: Edible & Poisonous Mushrooms for Beginners on Thursday, July 18, at 7:00 PM

    As in prior years, this event will take place in the Arizona State University Biological Collections museum in the ASU Alameda Building, at 734 W. Alameda Drive, TempeParking is available immediately outdoors to the east of the building. The museum entrance is near the SE corner of the building. Doors open at 6:30 PM. 

    In anticipation of the August club forays, this lecture is intended primarily for novice mushroom hunters, those needing a refresher, those who wish to learn some fungal biology, and more experienced mushroomers who are new to Arizona and would like to see pictures of our local mushrooms. The talk will cover basic biology and mushrooming practices, and will cover a number of species easier for beginners to identify, as well as their potentially toxic look-alikes (if any).

    Seating is limited to 50, so please sign up promptly. Member registration for this talk will open at 12 noon on Saturday, July 13. Before this date and time, you will not be able to register. Each AMS member may bring a non-member guest. If the event does not fill, anyone will be allowed to register as a guest beginning Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 pm.  

    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • White Mountains, AZ
    • 13

    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.

    Registration has been opened to include all those on the waitlist as of 7/15/2019. There are many hotel rooms still available. Should you be interested in staying at the Sunrise Park Hotel, you can change your registration to add the hotel room for one or both nights of the foray.

    Mycologist, author, and photographer Noah Siegel, chef and author Chad Hyatt, and textile dyer extraordinaire Alissa Allen are our marquee guests this year. 

    *** This event announcement may be updated with more information as we get closer to the date of the event. ***

    General registration will open Friday July 5 at 7:00 PM. This has been announced by email to our members, and there will be notices on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please sign up promptly from this page so that we can plan ahead for our meals, forays, and other events.  

    Please note that for this event, we are asking that every member of your party be registered by name on the "Guest" page, including children. We have not done this for past annual forays, but it makes planning much simpler. You can leave any fields blank if they are the same as yours or don't pertain to your guest. 

    Also, please be courteous to your fellow members and cancel your registration promptly if you can't come. Once registered, if you cancel your registration or cancel your room reservation, there will be a $15 cancellation fee. No lodging refunds can be issued after July 28.

    We are pleased to announce that the foray mycologist will be Noah Siegel, author and award-winning photographer. Along with Christian Schwartz (who will not be attending this year), Noah is the author of the highly-regarded new guidebook Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast.

    This book is exceptionally valuable for anyone who hunts in California or the Northwest, but even those of us who never leave Arizona will find it very useful, as we share many of the same species.

    In addition to his book, Noah is one of the premier mushroom photographers in the nation. His work has appeared in FUNGI magazine and Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, and he has lectured extensively across America. He serves as a trustee for the North East Mycological Federation and has studied fungi throughout North America, New Zealand, and Australia.

    Also attending this year, for the third time, will be Chad Hyatt, professional chef and mushroom fanatic. He is the author of the recent well-received cookbook The Mushroom Hunter's Kitchen, and will show us more of his fantastic recipes, with a particular goal of teaching us how to make gourmet masterpieces from some of the less prized but more common species of fungi that we find.

    Last but not least we will be learning from Alissa Allen on dyeing materials with mycopigments. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 15 years. She has written articles for, the Fibershed blog and FUNGI Magazine, and created two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. Alissa will be providing a workshop on using local mushrooms to dye materials and will be joining us on forays to share this knowledge about local fungi.


    Friday, Aug. 2nd

    • 3:00-5:30 pm: Registration/Reception, Sunrise Park Hotel Lobby
    • 5:30-7:00 pm: Dinner, Sunrise Park Hotel Restaurant
    • 7:00-8:30 pm: Mycopigments workshop with Alissa Allen, Sunrise Park Hotel
    • 8:30 pm-???: Social Hour, Sunrise Park Hotel Bar
    Saturday Aug. 3rd
    • 7:00-8:30 am: Breakfast Buffet, Sunrise Park Hotel Restaurant
    • 8:30 am: Pick up box lunches, Sunrise Park Hotel Restaurant 
    • 9:00 am-4:00 pm: All Day Forays, location TBD
    • 9:00 am-11:30 am: Morning Forays, location TBD
    • 9:00 am-11:30 am: Citizen Science Group- Identification and Vouchering Foray, Terri Clements/Noah Siegel, location TBD
    • 11:30 am-1:00 pm: Lunch/free time (for those not on all-day forays) 
    • 1:00-4:00 pm: Afternoon Forays, location TBD
    • 1:00-4:00 pm: Citizen Science group -Identification and Vouchering Foray, Terri Clements/Noah Siegel, Location TBD
    • 4:00-5:30 pm: Cooking demo, Chad Hyatt, Sunrise Park Hotel, Large Conference Room
    • 5:30-7:30 pm: AMS Community Dinner, Sunrise Park Hotel Restaurant 
    • 7:30-9:00 pm: Keynote Presentation, "Under Pressure: Evolutionary Oddities in the Fungal World", Noah Siegel - Sunrise Park Hotel, Large Conference Room
    • 9:00 pm- Silent auction and raffle winner announcements: Social Hour, Sunrise Park Hotel Bar

    Sunday, Aug 4th

    • 7:00-8:30 am: Breakfast buffet, Sunrise Park Hotel Restaurant
    • 9:00-11:30: Foray wrap-up with identifications and table talk, Sunrise Park Hotel, specimen room
    • 11:30-12:00 Cleanup
    • 12:00-3:00 Afternoon forays, location TBD

    FORAY DESTINATION: Our forays will take place on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, by special use permit. 

    FORAY MEETING PLACE: Parking lot of Sunrise Park Hotel, near Greer, Arizona. 

    Half-day forays will meet in the parking lot of the hotel, on the side nearest the highway, and depart first. All-day forays will meet on the lake side of the parking lot, and depart last.

    FORAY CAPTAINS: Chris May, Mike Dechter, Bill Warner, Terri Clements, and possibly others, as needed.


    THEME: Education, Identification, Edibles

    PHYSICAL FITNESS LEVEL: Gentle. You should be able to walk a mile or two on flat ground or shallow slopes at 9000 feet of altitude.

    VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Any vehicle will do, but high ground clearance is recommended. Most forays will be accessible by any vehicle. Without a high clearance vehicle, some all day forays will be unavailable. We will be encouraging carpooling, so if your vehicle is unsuitable for rough roads, there should be a ride available. 

    LODGING: AMS has arranged for a discounted block of rooms at Sunrise Park Hotel, where our instructional and social events will take place. AMS will  be collecting money for hotel rooms and making reservations for attendees. Please make sure your registration specifies the correct room rentals for you. Guests will be assumed to be staying in the same room as the main registrant. Most of the rooms have two queen beds. We will allocate rooms once registrations are complete.   

    To reserve a room earlier than August 2 (on Wed or Thursday of the foray week), call Sunrise Park Hotel and mention that you are with the Arizona Mushroom Society event. Room cost is $90 per night if you mention you are with the Arizona Mushroom Society. For reservations, call: (928) 735-7669. We have received note that the hotel will be open for business earlier in the week should you plan to come early.

    There are several other hotels and motels in the Springerville/Eager area such as the Rode Inn, numerous lodging options in Pinetop area, as well as the Greer Lodge and many other lodges and private cabins in Greer for those who don't mind paying extra for more luxury than the Sunrise Park hotel can provide. 

    There are RV parks at multiple locations in Springerville and Eagar, including the Cedar Court and Springerville RV Parks, as well as parks in GreerPinetop, and Alpine.

    The Forest Service has multiple developed campgrounds at Big Lake, as well as the Benny Creek and Hoyer campgrounds at Greer and the Winn campground near Sheeps Crossing, among others. Reservations are strongly recommended. There is also plenty of unimproved dispersed camping along dirt roads in the more remote parts of the forest.

    MEALS: Unlike years past, meals other than breakfast will be individually ordered à la carte. You will be able to purchase box lunches as well as Friday and Saturday evening dinners at the restaurant. Please check off the boxes indicating the meals you plan to be present, so that the hotel kitchen can prepare adequately.

    Breakfast is provided with room rental at the hotel. Those staying elsewhere can pay for their breakfast individually if they come to the hotel. 


    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.
    • Registration: We need 2-3 people to register folks when they arrive. It will involve 2-5 hours on Friday afternoon. This will include signing people in, getting them information, distributing name tags and possibly 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. She can use at least 2 assistants.
    • Lunch bag assistants to make sure everyone receives their brown bag lunch at breakfast.
    • Cleanup on Sunday after the foray. This usually takes an hour or two in the late morning/early afternoon.
    • Audiovisual setup assistants for our presentations.
    • General volunteer sherpas for any task that needs to be done.

    If you plan to sell items at the event, please inform the Arizona Mushroom Society by emailing You are solely responsible for the transportation, set-up, security, and removal of your items. There are limited places in the hotel that you can set-up a table or booth to sell items to foray attendees. However, none of the meeting rooms, hallways, or other common areas are locked at night and there is no security to ensure items left out are not taken. Most importantly any vendors selling items that can be eaten or potentially consumed for medicinal or cosmetic purposes must post an AMS provided disclaimer sign, which communicates that the organization does not endorse the product and that the vendor  assumes full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury, death, or property damage regardless of whether such harm is due to the sole or partial fault of the vendor.

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • The Arboretum at Flagstaff for presentation
    • 100

    Flagstaff Arboretum Fungi foray

    Please join us for an opportunity to learn about local fungi in the Flagstaff area. This event includes an evening lecture followed by a foray to look and learn about local fungi the next morning. 

    -- Registration will open Monday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m. -- 

    In order to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be hosting two different lectures on the evening of Friday, August 23rd. The first session will occur at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The second session will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 8:00 pm. Both sessions will include a short tour of the Flagstaff Arboretum mushroom garden followed by a lecture on... you guessed it, fungi! There will be no food service as part of this event, but beer and wine will be for sale.

    The following morning on Saturday, August 24th, there will be group forays led by local fungi experts. If you are registered for one of the lectures, you will automatically be included in a group foray. Group sizes are limited, and we expect each group to include approximately 25 participants. All registered participants will be sent e-mails on where and when to meet approximately a day prior to the foray. 


    FRI, AUGUST 23rd, 2019 | 3:30 pm -5:30 pm | - Session 1 - Mushroom garden tour and fungi lecture

    FRI, AUGUST 23rd, 2019 | 6 pm -8 pm | - Session 2 - Mushroom garden tour and fungi lecture

    SAT, AUGUST 24th, 2019 | 9am-12pm | - Group forays, location will be provided the afternoon/evening before the foray and will be an approximately 30 minute drive from downtown Flagstaff.

    The Fungi Foray on August 24 will occur from 9am-12pm. The field trip, led by the Arizona Mushroom Society, offers a morning of learning, hiking, and mushroom discovery led by local experts.

    Registration for the Fungi foray and presentation on the previous night will be available from the Arizona Mushroom Society event page starting at the end of July.

    NOTICE: By connecting to this site, or participating in any activity or event sponsored by the Arizona Mushroom Society, Inc., you accept the Society's Terms of Use & Liability Waiver

    Please make sure to come prepared for the group foray on Saturday, August 24. Forays include walking 1-2 miles over rough terrain and / or steep slopes. Please wear appropriate footwear (hiking boots), bring adequate water and snacks, bring sunscreen and a hat for protection from the sun, and bring a knife and paper or cloth bag for collecting edible fungi.

    Children may come with parents for free. Parents are completely responsible for their children during the event. The field trip will include hiking approximately 1-2 miles over rocky and sometimes steep terrain. This event is not appropriate for children under 6 years old.

    All adults must register separately.

    No pets please.

    NOTE: The presentation is part of the event and is the night before the foray. The presentation and foray are both included in registration. 


    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flagstaff, AZ
    • 40

    Join us for the 3rd annual Hart Prairie Preserve Pick and Cook Foray, on Sunday, August 25, 2019. This event includes a unique opportunity to hunt, learn, and eat mushrooms on The Nature Conservancy's productive Hart Prairie Preserve. 

    Registration will open the first week in August.

    After a morning foray, participants will gather back at the lodge, for a chance to taste a myriad of cooked wild mushrooms from the morning foray and from surrounding areas. The tasting portion of the event will include other tasty treats including homemade wines, and other exceptionally crafted snacks.

    This exclusive event costs slightly more than usual at $45/person because it is a fundraiser with profits going to The Nature Conservancy. It is important for our organization to give back to the land, and I can think of no better way to do it than with this special, one-of-a-kind event.

    The Hart Prairie Preserve has very limited parking, thus we will need folks to arrive a bit early at 8:30 so we can carpool to the preserve from nearby parking. 

    The event is set-up so that each registrant can include one guest, who will also have to be registered and pay for the event.

    We ask that you do not bring children to the event (due to the presence of alcohol). No pets allowed.

    The actual event will start at 9:00 am and go until 2:00 pm.

Past events

29 Jun 2019 Morel Feast at Strawberry Lodge
23 Jun 2019 Flagstaff Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
13 Jun 2019 Presentation - Impact of Substrate, Temperature, and Lighting on Oyster Mushroom Bio-efficiency and Nutrceutical Content
08 Jun 2019 Presentation - American Truffle Revolution
01 Jun 2019 Morel Foray #5 - POSTPONED to June 1, 2019 - Jacob Lake
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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