The 2018 Annual Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Society will be returning to the White Mountains of eastern Arizona on August 10 through 12.
Photo: A. Sofronie
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOT YET OPENED
The registration system will be activated on July 20. Spaces may be limited, so please sign up promptly on this page. Please be courteous to your fellow members and cancel your registration promptly if you can't come. No refunds after Aug. 1.
We are pleased to announce that the foray mycologist will be Christian Schwarz, naturalist at the California Center for Natural History and proprietor of Redwood Coast Tours in Santa Cruz. Along with Noah Siegel, he 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 have many of the same species. You can buy a copy when you register for this foray, if you wish. If you do so by Aug. 1, it will be delivered and autographed at the foray.
Also attending this year will be Chad Hyatt, professional chef and mushroom fanatic. He is coming back for a second visit to show us more of his fantastic recipes, with a particular view to teaching us how to make gourmet masterpieces from some of the less prized but more common species of fungi that we find.
- Friday evening reception, August 10 - 6:00 pm to ???, Sunrise Park Hotel
- Saturday foray, August 11 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Saturday cooking demo, August 11 - 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Sunrise Park Hotel
- Sunday foray, August 12 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
FORAY DESTINATION: Our foray will take place on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.
FORAY MEETING PLACE: Parking lot of Sunrise Park Hotel, near Greer, Arizona. (click here for Google map)
FORAY CAPTAINS: Chris May, Mike Dechter, Bill Warner, Terri Clements
GUEST SPEAKERS: On Friday evening, the Society's own citizen-scientist superstar Terri Clements, co-discoverer of Morchella kaibabensis nom. prov., will be speaking about scientific findings from her efforts to sequence mushrooms found in the region. On Saturday, chef Chad Hyatt will be doing demonstrations before and after dinner on cooking mushrooms to perfection.
MYCOLOGY SKILL LEVEL: General/All
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.
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 NOT be collecting money for hotel rooms or making reservations for attendees.
To reserve a room please call the hotel before August 3rd, and mention that you are with the Arizona Mushroom Society event. Room cost is $55 + taxes per night. For reservations, call: (928) 735-7669.
There are several other very inexpensive hotels and motels in the Springerville/Eagar 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, a shady forest, or a fishing hole.
There are RV parks at multiple locations in Springerville and Eagar, including the Cedar Court and Springerville RV Parks, as well as parks in Greer, Pinetop, 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: AMS is working with Sunrise Park Hotel to create a meal plan for the 3-day event, which you will be able to purchase during registration starting July 20. The 6-meal package deal would give you the following for one set price:
Saturday: Breakfast and Dinner at Sunrise Park Hotel. Packed lunch provided after breakfast. The dinner on Saturday will be an AMS community dinner. Even if you don't buy the meal plan, you can still join the dinner at a slightly higher cost.
Sunday: Breakfast at Sunrise Park Hotel. Packed lunch provided after breakfast.
Meals can also be ordered a la carte for a higher price.
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and other special diets can usually be accommodated for the same price, but you must contact Chef Vinny Way well in advance at (928) 735-7669.