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2022 Annual Foray - August 12-14, 2022

  • 12 Aug 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 14 Aug 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Alpine, AZ

Registration

  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Brent Ewasiuk.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Chris May.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Jason Sartor and David Tomich
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Mike Dechter and Kathy and Ross Babcock
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray leads are Terri and Donna
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Chris May
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain.. Foray leads are Kathy and Ross Babcock and Morgan
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Mike VanNote
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Brent Ewasiuk.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Chris May and Weaver.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Mike VanNote.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Mike Dechter.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 6-8 mile hike. You will be getting away from the beaten path and finding and identifying wild mushrooms on the way! Foray lead is Jason Sartor and Morgan
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 6-8 mile hike. You will be getting away from the beaten path and finding and identifying wild mushrooms on the way! Foray lead is David Tomich and Mike Colosimo.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Terri and Donna and Weaver.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Chris May.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Chad Borseth and Mike VanNote.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Mike Dechter.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Mike Dechter and Weaver.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a foray that includes a 1-2 mile hike over mountainous terrain. Foray lead is Chris May.

- Registration Closed - 

Arizona Mushroom Society ANNUAL FORAY


Mark your calendars for the August 12-14 Annual Foray in Alpine, Arizona in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The annual foray is our annual opportunity to spend a weekend learning about, finding, talking about and eating wild Arizona fungi! 

This year we are bringing in and partnering with some AMAZING folks to give you the opportunity to learn and experience wild mushroom hunting with the best. The main goal of our events is education, which is why we couldn't be more please to host star citizen scientist and talented photographer Alan Rockefeller AND our very own Arizona Mushroom Society Scientific Committee Chair and also star citizen scientist, Terri Clements.

Alan will be providing the events Saturday evening presentation, and both Terri and Alan will be sharing their collective knowledge of fungi we find on forays and at the Table talk on Sunday morning.

For those of you looking forward to some excellent and local food, we are very excited to share that wild food chefs Brett Vibber and Jaren Bates of Wild Arizona Cuisine, will be joining us to provide an Arizona Mushroom Society fungi feast on Saturday night. Do yourself a favor and make sure you sign up for what is guaranteed to be the best AMS annual foray meal yet!

We are also making available camping opportunities at the close by Luna Lake Campground, and partnering with the nearby guest lodge, Aspen Lodge. Those who want to reserve a campsite at Luna Lake for tent or trailer camping can reserve a spot here.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 Date/Time

Activity

Thursday, August 11, 3pm – Friday, August 12, 11am

Early bird Camping at Luna Lake Group Campsite, $15/vehicle/night

Friday, August 12, 9am – Noonish

Friday morning group forays, $20/person

Friday, August 12, 1pm – 4ish

Friday afternoon group forays, $20/person

Friday, August 12, 6:30 pm

@ Alpine Community Center

Informal mushroom id and discussion, Free

Friday August 12 – 3pm to Saturday August 13, 11am

Camping at Luna Lake Group Campsite, $15/vehicle/night

Saturday, August 13, 9am – Noonish

Saturday morning group forays, $20/person

Saturday, August 13, 1pm – 4ish

Saturday afternoon group forays, $20/person

Saturday, August 13, 6pm

Annual Foray Mushroom Meal with chefs Brett Vibber and Jaren Bates, $65/person

Saturday, August 13, 7:30 pm @ Alpine Community Center

Fungi presentation by Alan Rockefeller, Free

Saturday, August 13, 3pm – Sunday, August 14, 11am

Camping at Luna Lake Group Campsites, $15/vehicle/night

Sunday, August 14, 9am @ Alpine Community Center

Table talk, Free

Sunday, August 14, 1pm – 4ish

Sunday afternoon group forays, $20/person

Sunday, August 14, 3pm – Monday, August 15, 11am

Event closer camping at Luna Lake Group Campsite, $15/vehicle/night


EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Group Forays - $20/person

Group forays are your opportunity to go on a 1-2 mile hike with an Arizona Mushroom Society foray leader to find and identify wild mushrooms. You and any guests must be registered to attend forays. The cost is $20/person via online payment. Please only register for one foray between August 12-14th. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get to attend a foray. If there are extra spots available, they will be posted on a first come, first service basis at the Alpine Community Center the Friday and Saturday evenings prior to the next day forays. Foray meet-up locations will be emailed to registrants by August 10th, before the event. No refunds available for cancellations.

The REGISTRATION button on the left side at the top of page is how you register for a group foray.

Camping - $15/vehicle

We have rented Luna Lake Group Campsites A, B, and C and are making these camping spaces available to foray participants for $15/per vehicle/per night. If you want to join us, please register for each day you want to camp with us. Campsites are undeveloped withouth electricity and include access to campsite toilets and a water source. Each campsite includes a place to park a vehicle and pitch a tent or RV. Pull-out camping spots are small and RVs or campers should be less than 25 feet. Each campsite will have a campsite lead who will check you in and can answer basic questions. No refunds available for cancellations.

Annual Foray Mushroom Meal  - $65/person

This is your opportunity to enjoy a truly wild and wonderful meal crafted by inspiring chefs Brett Vibber and Jaren Bates. If you have ever had a meal that you think back to... a meal you would tell your friends about… this is that meal!

Brett and Jaren are truly inspired chefs who will be incorporating wild mushrooms picked during the foray. To accommodate as many people as possible, the meal will be served buffet or family style without plate service.

- - - MENU - - -

* specific menu items may change based on availability and what mushrooms are found *

Salad

  • Summer greens, roasted beets, honey vinaigrette, toasted pumpkin seeds, shaved vegetables

Entrees

  • Brisket and Biscuits, bolete gravy from Arizona Boletus rubriceps and Boletus barrowsii
  • Wild mushroom pasta with Sonoran wheat pasta, Chiricahua bacon, Peppercorn goat cheese and fresh picked mushrooms

Sides

  • Summer squash slaw
  • Loaded potato salad with wild and garden grown onions, fresh cream, local bacon

Dessert

  • S’mores Pie

*Vegetarian and vegan options will be provided by modifying the dishes above with more mushrooms while omitting meat and/or dairy. Please let us know of your restrictions in the meal registration so we know how many options to plan for.

**There are no kids meal options available, however, Kids under 12 are free with the purchase of an adult meal. Kids over 12 cost $30.

No refunds for cancellations that occur on or after August 10, 2022.

Activities at the Alpine Community Center - Free 

This is your chance to dive deeper and learn from the experts about the fungi finds you and others have come across. The Arizona Mushroom Society is about education, and folks including Alan Rockefeller and AMS Science Committee Chair, Terri Clements, have already forgot more about fungi than any of us know! We have numerous opportunities for you to learn:


Friday evening – Come by the Alpine Community Center to see and possibly contribute to the specimen room! We will be keeping a collection of fungi founds, both common and uncommon. These will be identified, sorted, recorded and displayed throughout the weekend for teach with and observation. Friday evening will include AMS science-minded folks and guests sorting incoming species and sharing opportunities for learning and trying out microscopy and specimen and tissue preparation for DNA analysis.

Saturday evening – Come hear beloved amateur mycologist and all around fungi badass Alan Rockefeller. Alan will be providing a truly fact-filled presentation on mushrooms.

Sunday morning – Come to the Table Talk! Special guest Alan Rockefeller and Terri Clements will be going through all of the specimens collected over the weekend and sharing a firehose of information about them. If you have any questions about AZ native fungi, this is the place to answer them. Nowhere else in the world where there be more information about AZ mushrooms available to you!

LODGING OPTIONS

The Arizona Mushroom Society has reserved a group campsite at Luna Lake campground, just outside of Alpine, AZ. We are offering camping spots on a first come-first serve basis. To stay at one of these campsites, please register for the campsite option, in addition to registering for a foray. These campsites are for primitive camping with no electricity, and a simple bathroom and access to water. For more information on Luna Lake group campsites, please visit here. If you register for a campsite, you still need to separately register for a group foray.

For those who want slightly more developed facilities or a spot for your RV with hook ups, we encourage you to rent a place at the Aspen Lodge! They have a number of accommodations including a bunkhouse for a group, chalets, and small cabins at very affordable prices.

The "Maine" cabin at Aspen Lodge

They also have awesome owners who are eager to learn more about mushrooms since it turns out the lodge is in a prime location for summer fungi.

You can also look for other lodging in the towns of Greer and Alpine, AZ - the heart of the White Mountains. You can find lodging options in Greer here, for Alpine lodging click here. There are several small cabins for rent, but options are limited due to the small size of the town. Another several miles away are the larger communities of Springerville and Eager, which have a larger selection, but may be further from foray locations. 


Other nearby options to the west include Pinetop-Lakeside area, which has several blocks of small tourist-oriented restaurants and hotels. If nothing is available in Pinetop-Lakeside, a little farther out you can find more options in Show Low, AZ.

There are also ample camping opportunities!  There are a number of developed campgrounds you can camp at throughout the area. Some of the developed campgrounds can be reserved at www.recreation.gov, others are first come, first serve. We will be foraying near developed campgrounds including Hoyer, Winn, Rainbow, Cutthroat, Grayling, Brookchar, and Apache Trout campgrounds. To find out more about the nearby campgrounds and if they are available, go to www.recreation.gov.

Another option is dispersed camping on the national forest. The foray areas and much of the surrounding landscape is part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. You are allowed to camp without a permit on much of the national forest in the area.


FOOD SERVICE OPTIONS

Food service will be very limited during the foray weekend. Please come prepared with lunches and snacks during forays because there is no location to buy food for several miles. 

Local towns including Alpine, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, and Springerville-Eager have restaurants and grocery stores for purchasing supplies or meal service. Alpine has a small gas station with snacks and gas.

We are doing a very special Saturday night mushroom meal, which you can sign up for here.

VOLUNTEERING

We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping setup and run the event. If interested, please contact us at azmushroomsociety@gmail.com

KIDS AND PETS

Kids and pets are allowed to attend AMS events, and must be under your supervision at all times. Most forays including walking 1-2 miles on uneven terrain often with downed logs and steep slopes, which is difficult for toddlers and small dogs. Most forays are within the abilities of children 5-6 years old. Very young children will need to be carried, as most forays would not accommodate a stroller or other such mobile device. Dogs that are friendly and can get over logs in the woods generally do well on forays but must be kept on a leash at all times.


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