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Upcoming events

    • 27 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Alameda Building, Arizona State University, Tempe
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    AMS Vice-President Bill Warner will be giving a talk entitled "Mushrooming Arizona: Edible & Poisonous Mushrooms for Beginners" on Thursday, July 27, at 7:00 PM. This 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.

    In anticipation of the August club forays,  this lecture is intended for "beginners" in the group, those needing a refresher, and those who would like some biology and pictures of our local mushrooms.

    Seating is limited to 50, so please sign up promptly. Member registration for this talk will open at 8:00 am on Monday, July 10. Each primary member may bring as many family members as desired, as well as one non-member guest. If the event does not fill, anyone will be allowed to register as a guest beginning Friday, July 14 at 8:00 am.  

    Dr. Nico Franz and his staff have graciously agreed to be present from 5:30 pm up to the talk for anyone interested in visiting the collections and seeing the various exhibits. They have a good collection of lichens, as well as a large entomological collection and many other biological specimens. 

    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sharp Creek Campground, Payson, AZ
    • 0

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    We are very pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 AMS Annual Foray will open on Saturday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. Spaces are limited by Forest Service regulations, so please sign up promptly. 

    UPDATE 7/19: Open enrollment has been suspended as we have reached the maximum number of participants for Saturday's foray. There are a few spaces left on Sunday, and you are welcome for camping and dining on either night. Please register yourself for the waiting list and we will add you manually. 

    FORAY DATES: Friday evening, Aug 4 -- Saturday August 5 -- Sunday August 6, 2017

    FORAY DESTINATION: This year, since the NAMA Regional Foray is being held in the White Mountains the weekend after the AMS foray, we will break with tradition by holding our annual foray in the Payson/Mogollon Rim area.

    ALTERNATE DATE: In case of poor conditions throughout the state, the event will be held August 19-20 instead.

    ALTERNATE DESTINATION: In case of poor conditions only in the Payson area, but good conditions elsewhere, the alternate destination will be either Flagstaff or the White Mountains.

    GO/NO-GO DECISION DATE: Final determination of our destination and date will be made late in the day on Wednesday, August 2.

    MEETING PLACE: Sharp Creek Campground, Highway 260, 23 miles East of Payson, AZ.

    9:00 AM Saturday, Aug 5. 
    8:00 AM Sunday, Aug 6.

    You can register for one or both forays, but please let us know as early as possible if you can't participate in either one, because we expect to have a waiting list of people who can come up for the day to take your place.

    FORAY CAPTAIN: Chris May




    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 7500 feet of altitude.

    VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Any vehicle, but high clearance is recommended



    On Friday evening, 8/4, those coming early to the campsite may participate in a potluck dinner if desired. BYOB. Bring your own meat or main dish for grilling, and then the following according to the first letter of your last name: 

    • A-I: Dessert
    • J-Q: Vegetable dish
    • R-Z: Bread or other starch

    On Saturday evening, 8/5, an optional barbecue dinner will be served by the Society. Price is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and side dishes will be followed by S'Mores over the campfire. BYOB. Deadline for reserving and paying for dinner is by Tuesday, Aug. 1.

    Bring a couple of bare metal coat hangers for roasting weenies and marshmallows over the campfire. If you have a gas or electric lantern, that would be helpful also.  

    Before dinner on Saturday, Mike and Lisa Goodwin will be organizing some fun for the youngest mycophiles, such as a scavenger hunt and mushroom related drawings and coloring.


    LODGING: There is room for up to 75 people to camp at the site on the nights of Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5. A nominal fee will be collected to help cover the cost of the campground rental. Check in is after 2 pm and check out before 1 pm.

    Those who do not wish to camp may want to book a hotel room in the area. Rooms fill up quick in Rim Country during the summer, so don't delay.


    A small, optional donation will be collected at the time of registration and will be passed along to Natural Restorations for forest restoration projects.

    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • White Mountains, Arizona

    UPDATE 6/3/2017: This foray has now filled. A waiting list has been created, and you can add your name by clicking the "Register" button. We regret that the number of spaces is limited, but perhaps you would enjoy coming to the AMS Annual Foray instead.

    The North American Mycological Association and the Arizona Mushroom Society, Inc., are pleased to announce the 2017 NAMA Regional Foray in Arizona.  We are now accepting registrations and payments.

    Note that you must be a NAMA member to participate in a NAMA regional foray. The code required for access to the registration page was sent to all NAMA members by email on May 2nd. If you joined after then, you need to request the code directly from NAMA, or you can email your paid-up dues statement to the AMS President to receive it. AMS members please note, you must have a NAMA membership and not just AMS membership to participate in this foray.

    When you have the code, please click the orange REGISTER button on this page for on-line registration and payment. 

    Complete details of the foray are on-line at these links:

    NAMA Regional Foray Overview

    If you have any questions, you may contact Chris May, the President of the AMS, at 480-326-6863 or via email

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flagstaff, AZ
    • 25

    Our foray boss Mike Dechter has arranged for a one-day event on the Hart Prairie Preserve north of Flagstaff, owned by the Nature Conservancy. This will be a "pick-and-cook" event aimed at collecting edible mushroom species, cooking them in the lodge kitchen, and tasting them as a group. 

    This will be a good opportunity for our members to taste tiny samples of many unfamiliar species, and determine whether or not it is worth making the effort to learn to identify them and perform a full Leathers Edibility Test to ensure they are agreeable to one's digestion.

    There will be a modest fee for this event, part of which is for cooking supplies and part of which will go to support the mission of the Nature Conservancy.


    FORAY DATE: Saturday August 26, 2017

    FORAY DESTINATION: This event will be held on the Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve north of Flagstaff, AZ.



    GO/NO-GO DECISION DATE: Final confirmation of the foray will be made on Wednesday, August 23.

    MEETING PLACE: Hart Prairie Preserve Lodge, Forest Road 151, Flagstaff, AZ

    9:00 AM Saturday, August 26, 2017.



    THEME: Identification, cooking, and tasting of edible species.






    LODGING: On your own in Flagstaff.


    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 4341 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, AZ

    The 2017 Annual Holiday Potluck of The Arizona Mushroom Society, Inc., will be held Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at the Maricopa County Extension Service Building, located at 4341 East Broadway in Phoenix, Arizona. The entrance (easy to miss in the dark) is on the South side of Broadway Rd, about 30 feet east of the Traffic Light at 43rd Place.

    Door prizes will be given out.

    If you can, please bring a dish to share at the potluck according to the following assignment:

    If your last name begins with letters Q-Z, please bring a salad or side dish; if A-H please bring a dessert; if I-P  please bring a main dish.

    Of course, please bring the proper utensil with which to serve the dish.  If the dish is to be served hot, bring your own crock-pot, skillet, etc. and extension cord to be plugged in.

    If you bring a dish containing wild-picked mushrooms, you should note that sharing of mushrooms between members is at the sole risk of the individuals comply with the Society's published safety regulations.  

    Coffee, soft drinks, ice, paper plates, cups and plastic utensils will be provided by the Club.  The Club will also provide a cooked ham.

    Activities for the meeting are now in the planning stages. If you have suggestions for the evening's activities or speaker, please inform an officer of the Society. 

    Our potlucks have always been an enjoyable way to recap the year's activities, and give you a chance to win a free turkey or ham certificate for the Holiday Season.

    If you have a photograph of an interesting mushroom or other fungus, or a dried specimen to display, or a mushroom-related work of art or handicrafts, feel free to bring that along to set up on our display table.

    Mark your calendars for December 9th, 2017 and plan to attend the 2017 Winter Potluck!

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