Welcome to the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society
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!
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, This year it will be held on Sunday, 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?
There are two ways to become a member, online or by printing a membership form and mailing it in.
You can fill out our Online Membership Form and pay your membership fees via PayPal. If you choose to fill out the form online, please remember to fill in each required field. At the end of the form you will be required to type your full name to prove that you have read and accept the waiver. At the end of the application you will be directed on how to pay your membership fees.
If you choose to mail your application in, click on the button below to access a printable membership form. Then just print it out, fill it out (both sides), and mail it in with a check for your annual dues to the address on the form.
Your membership is not active until we have received your application, a signed waiver, and your payment.
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.
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.
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.