Events

Updated Ohio Mushroom Society COVID-19 Policies
6 July 2020

The Ohio Mushroom Society board of volunteers has considered offering limited field forays for our members in the month of July, but due to drought conditions and heat waves in most of the state, field conditions do not warrant group exploration. We will continue to take stock of likely habitats and may offer foray events in the remainder of 2020. We also remain vigilant to the risks of COVID-19, which is easily passed from person to person and currently has no vaccine.

At this time, any OMS activities going forward in 2020 will include these restrictions:

  1. Participant numbers will be limited, and all participants must be current members. Participants must register their attendance in advance with the foray leader.
  2. Participants must wear face masks while gathered as a group (to discuss trail layout, mushroom attributes, etc.). Physical distancing of at least 6 feet while hiking in the woods must be maintained.
  3. Carpooling to foray sites is restricted to those from the same household.

We appreciate your understanding and adherence to this current policy.

Mini forays have ALWAYS been subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to poor weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. As always, please contact the foray leader to register for a foray or for more information.

There are currently no upcoming forays; please check back in early August.


OMS 2020 Calendar of Events
EVENTS IN GRAY ARE CANCELLED OR PENDING

2020 Major Forays

Summer Foray: July 18-19 at Zaleski ODNR complex
Guest Mycologist: Michael Kuo (www.mushroomexpert.com)

Fall Foray: Oct 2-3 at Burr Oak State Park Lodge
Guest Mycologists: Django Grootmyers & John Plischke lll

Single-day Mini Forays

  • Saturday May 2, 10 AM – Eastern Ohio
    Contact Sharon Greenberg at d.greenberg@att.net (330) 457-2345 to register.
  • Fri-Sat, June 12 & 13 – Bioblitz at Old Woman Creek near downtown Huron
    Contact Pete Richards at peterichards@oberlin.net or (440) 328-5490 for more information.
  • Saturday, July 11th, 1-3 PM – Groves Woods, NE OH
    Contact Pauline Munk at pjmunk3@yahoo.com or 440-322-0233 to register
  • Sunday, July 12, 11 AM – 2 PM – Coyote Run Farm, Pickerington (South of Columbus) 
    Contact Debra Shankland at shankland@yahoo.com or (440) 263-2334 to register.
  • Saturday, July 11, 2-4 PM, Dawes Arboretum
    Contact Shirley McClelland at at (740) 215-5883 to register.
    This will be a Dawes program not an official OMS event. OMS membership not required.
  • Saturday, July 25th, 1PM – Hellbenders Bluff
    Contact Walt Sturgeon at mycowalt@comcast.net to register.
  • Saturday August 1, Afternoon – CMNH/WRLC property in Columbia Station
    Contact Pete Richards at peterichards@oberlin.net or (440) 328-5490 for more information.
  • Early August – Clearfork Reservoir, mid-Ohio (Details TBD)
  • Sunday September 13, 2-4 PM Dawes Arboretum
    Contact Shirley McClelland at (740) 215-5883 to register.

Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet: Saturday, November 14thDowntown Bistro in Lancaster

  • 5PM Social Mixer in bar area w/ 6PM dinner in the banquet room

Other Regional Forays

  • Telluride Mushroom Festival: August 13 – 16, 2020 (happening virtually – INFO)
  • NEMF (Joliette, Quebec): September 11 – 14, 2020
  • Wildacres Regional Foray (North Carolina): September 24 – 27 (INFO)
  • NAMA Annual Foray (Potosi, MO): October 8 – 11 at Trout Lodge
  • West Virginia Foray (Blackwater Falls, WV): Aug 21-23rd 

Other Misc. stuff

  • Mushroom Madness Event at Look About Lodge, South Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland MetroParks: October 16 & 17th

Oct 16th is an evening talk + dinner (reservations required)
Oct 17th (11 AM – 4 PM); Registration not required; Free and open to all.
Contact Cleveland MetroParks for more information

  • Walt Sturgeon is delivering a mushroom presentation at James Bissel Nature Center (Cleveland Museum of Natural History) in Ashtabula Co. on October 3.

Updated Ohio Mushroom Society COVID-19 Policies
26 June 2020

In re-examining the current pandemic situation in Ohio, the Ohio Mushroom Society board of volunteers has decided to offer limited field forays for our members in the month of July. Because our understanding of the disease is still limited, our reaction to it must remain fluid. Therefore, while we are planning additional events for the remainder of 2020, they will not be announced until we meet again (electronically) in early August. At this time, OMS activities going forward in 2020 will include these restrictions:

  1. Participant numbers will be limited, and all participants must be current members. Participants must register their attendance in advance with the foray leader.
  2. Participants must wear face masks while gathered as a group (to discuss trail layout, mushroom attributes, etc.). Physical distancing of at least 6 feet while hiking in the woods must be maintained.
  3. Carpooling to foray sites is restricted to those from the same household.

We appreciate your understanding and adherence to this current policy. Mini forays have ALWAYS been subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to poor weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. As always, please contact the foray leader to register for a foray or for more information. Upcoming forays available for members are as follows:

Saturday 11 July, 1 – 3 p.m.   Possible mini foray in Trumbull County, pending permission from landowner. If interested, please contact Pauline Munk at pjmunk3@yahoo.com or 440-322-0233.

Sunday 12 July, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. east of Columbus, Ohio.  Contact Debra Shankland at deb.shankland@yahoo.com or 440-263-2334 to register.

Saturday 25 July, 1 – 3 p.m. in Columbiana County.  Contact Walt Sturgeon at mycowalt@comcast.net or 330-426-9833 to register.

Ohio Mushroom Society COVID-19 Pandemic Response
9 May 2020

The Ohio Mushroom Society board of volunteers has concluded that all in-person events, including our field forays, must be cancelled indefinitely in order to protect our members.  The board will meet electronically again in June to reassess this policy.  We will let you know as soon as possible when forays will be offered to our members once again.

As a science-based organization, we looked critically at a number of factors, the primary ones being:

  1. Meeting state protection guidelines of adequate Personal Protective Equipment, physical distance, and a maximum of 10 people at our events is very difficult. One of the main benefits of forays is learning about the characteristic features and often small details of mushrooms found in the field. This happens by gathering around a specimen and/or passing it hand-to-hand to look at and understand these details.
  2. Carpooling to foray sites (many are in undeveloped areas with limited parking) is not safe.
  3. Public restrooms may be closed at mini-foray sites, limiting not only comfort but the ability to wash/sanitize one’s hands.

Because of this, we have agreed that all 2020 members in good standing will be credited a membership for 2021, effectively providing a free year for members.  We will continue to publish our newsletter and create blogs for our website as usual, however a print version of the newsletter will be mailed only to those members who lack an email address and means to view an electronic version.

We are looking into other, safer ways to engage our members.  If you have ideas, or are willing to share articles, recipes, or other items on our website for the benefit of all OMS members, please share them with us by posting a comment on our website or contacting a board member.  Our contact information is available on the Contacts page.

We appreciate your understanding and adherence to this current policy.