Welcome to the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society

Founded 1956

Since 1956 the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society in Salem, Oregon, has brought together wild mushroom enthusiasts from the Salem area to explore, discover and learn about the amazing variety of wild mushrooms in Western Oregon. We welcome your interest in our activities and we invite you to join us!

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5th Annual (Virtual)

WVMS Mushroom Show

November 6th-12th, 2020

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WVMS Mushroom Show

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About The Willamette Valley Mushroom Society

The Willamette Valley Mushroom Society is a membership organization for people in the Salem area who want to learn about and collect wild mushrooms. The club typically meets on the first Monday of every month, except in January, July, August and September. Meetings are held at the Terrace Lake Club House, 2120 Robbins Lane SE in Salem. Our business meeting starts at 6:30, with the scheduled program following at 7:00.  Check the Events page to learn about our next meeting. In addition to our meetings, the club organizes mushroom gathering events (called forays) in the spring and fall. We also co-sponsor an annual mushroom show in the fall, in 2019 it was held on Nov. 17,  at Painter's Hall in the Pringle Creek Community, 3911 Village Center Dr. SE, in Salem.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend a meeting without being a member first?

Yes, if you just want to come and check us out we would invite you to attend a monthly meeting. Then you can decide if you would like to become a member. You'll find the date of the next meeting on the Events page.

How do I become a member?

Go to our "Join" page and learn how you can become a member.

How much are the annual dues?

Annual dues are increasing to $20 for an individual and $30 for a family in 2020. A "family" is one or two adults and their dependents. 

PayPal did not work, how else can I pay my dues?

You can mail a check made out to "WVMS" to Membership Director, Beth Lampert, PO Box 5513 Salem, OR  97304

Or you can come to our next meeting and pay in cash.

How can I go mushroom hunting with WVMS?

Some of the most popular activities of WVMS are our mushroom hunting outings, called forays. Forays occur nearly every weekend in the spring and fall, and occasionally on weekdays. You must be a club member to participate in forays. Most forays are day-long trips to forest locations in the Cascades or the Coast Range. Club members receive announcements of upcoming forays by email and are able to sign-up online. You must be a member in good standing and are required to attend an Orientation Class, beginning 2020. 

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Coronavirus Response

Due to the Coronavirus we are adhering to Governor Brown and the CDC's regulations. We are taking a precaution and canceling our April general meeting. Our board will meet as things progress to discuss our foray schedule and future cancellations. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during these tough times. Thank you for understanding. 

 

4/14/20-Update

All of our spring forays, overnight expeditions and in person activities have been canceled until further notice. The WVMS Board will meet and reevaluate the situation in the beginning of summer. 

Autumn Anglin - WVMS Treasurer

8/1/20- Update

All of our in person meetings and forays have been canceled through 2020. Our board has come up with a plan continue with virtual monthly meetings through Zoom (check the Events page), and we are continuing with a virtual Annual Mushroom Show for 2020 in November. Our foray plan will be released in the members only foray section of our website. 

Autumn Anglin- WVMS Treasurer

"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art is a mushroom"

Thomas Carlyle

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