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!

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 has scaled back in-person events due to the pandemic, but we do offer some Zoom events. Check the Events page to learn about our next event. In addition to our events, the club organizes mushroom gathering events (called forays) in the spring and fall. We also started a robust fungi identification educational series to help members learn more about the science of mushrooms. 

About The Willamette Valley Mushroom Society

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?

Please go to our "Join" page and fill out an application and pay your dues to become a member. You can either fill out an online application and pay using PayPal, or print an application and mail it in with a check made out to WVMS. 

How much are the annual dues?

Memberships are $20 for a single applicant or $30 for a family applicant. A family is 2 adults and their dependents that live in the same household. 

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. 

I have a membership, how do I access the Member's Area?

If you filled out a membership application and payed your dues, you will be added to our Google Group forum automatically. This is how we communicate with our members. To access the Member's website, Click "Log in Members Only" button at the top right corner of this website. Create an account by clicking "Sign Up" on the pop up window. You will then need to be approved to access the site. Please allow up to 1 week for approval. To get started exploring the member's area, log in and click this link . If you still have questions, contact us through the contact form on the website.


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. 



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

10-8-20- Update

Our Virtual Mushroom Show for 2020 has been canceled along with all other activities for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic and wildfires. Our board will meet to talk about rebuilding our club in 2021.

Autumn Anglin- WVMS Treasurer

10/6/21- Update

We are scaling back our online meetings and presentations this season due to our membership expressing screen fatigue. We are moving forward with in person, small group forays. You must be a member to participate. If you see any of our members please follow Oregon Health Authority guidelines- right now that means masked up and staying 6 feet physically distant.

We are opening membership applications again!


Autumn- WVMS Treasurer

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

Thomas Carlyle

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