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.


2020 Major Forays

Summer Foray: July 18-19 at Zaleski ODNR complex
Guest Mycologist: Michael Kuo (

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 (330) 457-2345 to register.
  • Fri-Sat, June 12 & 13 – Bioblitz at Old Woman Creek near downtown Huron
    Contact Pete Richards at or (440) 328-5490 for more information.
  • Saturday, July 11th, 1-3 PM – Groves Woods, NE OH
    Contact Pauline Munk at or (440) 322-0233 to register
  • Sunday, July 12, 11 AM – 2 PM – Coyote Run Farm, Pickerington (South of Columbus) 
    Contact Debra Shankland at 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
    Lones road location near East Liverpool in Lisbon (Do not confuse the foray site with the main park).
    Contact Walt Sturgeon at to register.
  • Saturday August 1, Afternoon – CMNH/WRLC property in Columbia Station
    Contact Pete Richards at 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
  • NEMF (Joliette, Quebec): September 11 – 14, 2020
  • Wildacres Regional Foray (North Carolina): September 24 – 27 
  • 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.