Check your most recent issue of the Mushroom Log or this website for event updates and for more detailed information.  Please plan to join us.  All mini-forays are subject to cancellation.  Call first to confirm.  Please bring a whistle and compass and an RSVP to the host is mandatory so they have cancellation flexibility.

Morel and other mini-forays, are subject to change, especially the former. Leaders will be checking the woods to assess their progress, so you should contact them at least a week prior to the announced mini-foray for any updates.

OMS 2017 Events Schedule:

Major Forays:

Summer Foray at Zaleski ODNR Complex

Dates: July 15-16, 2017
Zaleski ODNR complex in Vinton County; 29371 Wheelabout Rd, McArthur OH 45651
Foray Organizer(s):
Martha Bishop,

Please join us for our Summer Foray in the beautiful and diverse forest of southeastern Ohio.

We will feature nationally known mycologists Walt Sturgeon and John Plischke, III.  Walt will serve as chief identifier for the foray and John will present our featured talk: “Edible Mushrooms and How to Prepare Them.”  Both Walt and John are nationally recognized as expert identifiers of fungi, and both have won numerous awards for their fungal photographs.

John Plischke, III is the author of Good Mushroom Bad Mushroom: Who’s toxic, Where to find them, and how to enjoy them safely, and Morel Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-alikes.  John is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, and serves as Chair of the Photography Committee for the North American Mycological Association.

Walt Sturgeon has authored or co-authored and provided photographs for several popular mushroom books including Mushrooms of Ohio, Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the West Virginia High Country, and has recently published Mushrooms of the Northeast with Teresa Marrone.  Walt serves as Awards Committee Chair for the North American Mycological Association.

Campsites and Cabins are available at nearby Lake Hope State Park.  Due to limited availability of Cabin space attendees are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.  Call 1-866-644-6727 or visit the Ohio DNR website.  Reservations will fill up quickly. We also suggest the Iron Furnace Legacy Cabins.  These sleep 4 people and are furnished with complete kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, 2 bedrooms and all linens.  Athens is the closest location for other options.

Click here for full details.

Fall Foray at Camp Asbury in Hiram

Dates: September 22-24, 2017
Location: Camp Asbury (Epworth Retreat Center) and Hiram College (J. W. Barrow Field Station), Hiram OH
Foray Organizer(s): Debra Shankland (440) 263-2334,

We are delighted to return to Camp Asbury for our fall foray, where we have secured the Epworth Retreat Center for our activities. This living laboratory supports over 200 acres of Beech-Maple forest, along with aquatic and other habitats. In addition to the diverse habitats of Camp Asbury, we will also foray at the the rich and unique James H. Barrow Field Station of Hiram College, just three miles away from the Hiram College campus. On-site accomodations at the retreat are only $75/person for Friday and Saturday nights.

Watch for further updates and details.

Mini-Forays (RSVP Required):

Besides those listed below, other mini-forays are likely during the summer and fall and will be posted.

Advance registration is required for all mini-forays.  These are subject to cancellation due to the weather and other conditions. Be sure to call the host in advance. Additional forays may be announced if conditions are good.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 10 AM

Location: TBD in Northwest Ohio
Foray Organizer(s): Bob Antibus, 567-208-3443

Date: TBD May, 2017

Location: Northeast Ohio
Foray Organizer(s): Bryan Lewis,

Date: May 6 or 7, 2017

Location: South-Central Ohio
Foray Organizer(s): Shirley McClelland,

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 2 – 4 PM

Location: Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio
Foray Oragnizer(s): Co-sponsored by Dawes Arboretum.  Contact them or Shirley McClelland,

Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

Location: Blue Rock State Forest
Foray Organizer(s): Co-sponsored by WRWIG. Contact Sharon Greenburg, 330-457-2345.

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 11AM – 2PM

Location: Northeast Ohio
Foray Oragnizer(s): Debra Shankland,

Date: Thursday, Sept 28, 2017, 2 – 4 PM

Location: Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio
Foray Oragnizer(s): Co-sponsored by Dawes Arboretum.  Contact them or Shirley McClelland,

Date: Sunday, Oct 14, 2017

Location: Columbiana County, Ohio
Foray Organizer(s): Walt Sturgeon (330) 426-9833,

Date: October 21 or 22, 2017

Location: Eastern Ohio
Foray Organizer(s): Sharon Greenburg, 330-457-2345

Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet:

Date: Saturday, November 4 (Social Hour 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7PM)
Location: Wolf Creek Tavern near Norton, OH

Non OMS Mushroom Programs

Workshop by Walt Sturgeon

Date: July 9, 2017, 9AM – 12PM
Location: Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center, East Liverpool, OH 43920

Mushroom display and walk

Date: August 27, 2017, 2PM – 4PM
Location: Scenic Vista Park, 11523 Township Hwy 764, Lisbon, OH 44432


West Virginia Club Shelly Conrad 2017 Memorial Foray

Date: July 21 & 22, 2017
Location: Dry Fork, West Virginia

Learn about wild mushrooms and enjoy a fun filled fungi extravaganza! Featuring Gary Lincoff, Walt Sturgeon, Tom Volk, Tradd Cotter, Kim and John Plischke III, and Max Dubansky.  For more information and to register, visit

Annual Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Gary Lincoff Foray

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8AM – 7PM
Location:  Rose Barn, Pearce Mill Rd, North Park, McCandless Township, PA

Walks, presentations, auction, book signing, sales, table-walk, mushroom feast. For more information, visit

National and More:

NEMF Foray 2017

Date: July 27-30, 2017
Location: Stratton Mountain Resort in Bondville, Vermont

For details, visit

NAMA Northwoods Foray 2017

Date: September 7-10, 2017
Location: Cable, Wisconsin

For details, visit