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 for more information.
We recommend All That the Rain Promises, and More... by David Arora, as a good start to identifying mushrooms in the field. If you already have that book we have compiled a list of reputable resources you may want to add to your collection.
If you are interested in a hands-on approach to learning about mushrooms, this is a great way to learn. You will go 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 mycology 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. Enrollment opens in March and will begin in April. You could also create your own group of 2-5 people and go through the modules anytime. We encourage you to look at the Modules to see a syllabi, lesson plans, resources, and foray guidelines for collecting and cataloging specimens.