At Willamette Valley Mushroom Society, we are excited about learning, studying, foraging and cooking mushrooms. We bring in about 6 specialized speakers per year to present to our group. You do not need to be a member to come hear our free programs. Check our Event page to see when the next program is.
Our annual Mushroom Show, is our big event we put on in the Salem area during the fall. This is an event that you don't want to miss. If you are member in good standing, we strongly urge you to volunteer and help us gather, ID, sort and run the show. This event has been growing every year and we are so excited to share the fantastic world of fungi with you. See our Event page to get more information.
We recommend All That the Rain Promises, and More... by David Arora, as a good start to identifying mushrooms in the field. We sell this book and others at our monthly meeting. If you already have that book we have compiled a list of reputable resources you will want to check out.
If you are interested in a hands-on approach to learning about mushrooms, this is a great way to learn. You will carpool with a small group of WVMS members to a location in the forest and hunt for mushrooms. Bring a field guide and get your hands dirty! Just remember to take the Foray Safety class and never eat anything until YOU are 100% sure you can identify it.
Wherever you are at in your knowledge, you are welcome to join us in a small group study session, to learn more about the science of mushrooms. In these sessions you will learn about classification, botanical latin, using keys to identify a specimen, habitat, and so much more. The groups are open to any member in good standing with a limit of 5 people per group. The groups are self-led and you are encouraged to look at the Modules to see a syllabi, lesson plans, resources and foray guidelines for collecting and cataloging specimens. To join a study group, you must have 2-5 people in your group that are ready to commit to the recommended bi-monthly schedule. Contact Autumn Anglin, email@example.com, and add the subject line, "Study Group" when you have your group ready.