Check your most recent issue of the Mushroom Log or 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.

OMS 2016 Events Schedule:

Major Forays:

Summer Foray:

July 15-17, 2016  Summer Foray at Ohio University, Athens, OH

By Martha Bishop, or (740)593-4552

Please join us for our Summer Foray featuring visiting mycologist Michael Kuo and our own chief mycologist Walt Sturgeon.  Both are nationally recognized as expert identifiers, and each has several popular books about mushrooms in print.  Michael Kuo also hosts the excellent website:

July 15 (Fri.)

7:30-9:30 p.m.  Meet for dinner at Restaurant Salaam at 21 W. Washington St.

Please RSVP if you know you will be here for dinner so that we can reserve adequate space. or (740) 593-4552.

Come to dinner anyway if you can’t decide in advance, and you can be seated as space becomes available.

July 16 (Sat.)

8:30-9:30 a.m.  Meet in room 300 Porter Hall for registration and coffee.

9:30 a.m.  Explanation of collection, and selection of field trips.

10:00 a.m.  Forays will begin.  We will go to several different sites in the local hills.

12:15 p.m.  We will have a potluck lunch, so please bring something to share. Any wild mushrooms for consumption must be verified by expert collectors.  No home-canned food please.

1:45 p.m.  Dr. Michael Kuo will present the following talk:

“You Can Help! 15 Cool Projects for Mushroom Hunters and Mycological Societies.”
“Michael Kuo will discuss 15 projects that amateur mycologists and mycological societies could participate in, and lead a discussion on the ways amateurs can help–and are helping–the science of mycology.”
2:45 p.m. Afternoon forays depart from Porter Hall.
5:30 p.m. Table talk with explanation of the day’s collections.

6:30 p.m. Dinner at Lui Lui restaurant.

Please RSVP if you plan to be here for dinner so that we can reserve adequate space. On Saturday morning we will have a final count for our reservation.

July 17 (Sun.)

9:00 am.  Breakfast at Porter Hall 300.

Review of collected fungi.  Clean up.

11:00 a.m. Sunday foray

Please see the current Mushroom Log for more foray details.

Fall foray:

Dates: Oct 15-16
Location: Hiram College, Hiram OH (J. W. Barrow Field Station)
Foray Organizer(s):
Debra Shankland (440)263-2334,
Notes: This venue may also include a survey of the biodiversity at Camp Asbury.

We are delighted to return to the rich and unique, 500-acre James H. Barrow Field Station of Hiram College, located in Portage County. This living laboratory supports over 200 acres of Beech-Maple forest, along with aquatic and other habitats. It’s just three miles away from the Hiram College campus.

In addition, we’ve secured a private property, Camp Asbury, for our Sunday foray.
Composed of a variety of high-quality habitats awaiting our discovery, this site is sure to yield interesting finds.

We are fortunate to have the NAMA 2016 National Foray mycologist, Walt Sturgeon, as this foray’s mycologist and presenter. His program will include many fall favorites–boletes, polypores, puffballs and more.

The Observation Building at the Field Station will be our headquarters for this foray. It can be accessed at 11305 Wheeler Road in Garrettsville, OH 44231, between State Routes 82 and 305. To download a map and directions, go to


Friday, October 14
7 – 10 p.m. Social mixer and dinner at the home of Jerry and Cathy Pepera in lovely Chardon, Ohio. Enjoy a relaxed evening of conversation and the Pepera’s famous chili! Sample some of Jerry’s special home-brewed, fungus-fortified hops & grain beverage, and/or bring your own drink. Everyone is also welcome to bring fully-prepared appetizers or desserts. This promises to be a great time!

Please RSVP Foray coordinator, Debra Shankland, at or 440-263-2334 if you intend to join us there. Detailed directions will be provided.

Saturday, October 15
8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee at the Observation Building; view and discuss student posters over light breakfast
9:30 a.m. Welcome by Matt Sorrick, Director of the Center for Science Education
10 a.m. – 12N Forays
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Potluck lunch
1:15 – 2 p.m. Illustrated discussion of “Non-gilled Macrofungi” by Walt Sturgeon
2:15 – 4:15 Afternoon forays
5 – 5:30 Table talk concerning noteworthy collected specimens
6:15 p.m. Dinner at Sean’s Pub in Garrettsville

Sunday, October 16
9 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee & light breakfast at the Observation Building; review collections
10:30 – ? Clean up
11 a.m. Final foray at Camp Asbury in Hiram
2 p.m. Farewell!


On-site camping at Observation Building is allowed free of charge on October 14 & 15 only. There are no developed camping facilities here, so you must be self-sufficient.
There is a single restroom in this building. Showers are available for our group at the
athletic center on campus. Contact Debra for more information, or to reserve a spot.

Bed and Breakfast accommodations in picturesque Burton include the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House. Plan to spend $125+ per night.

Unique and affordable places to stay may be found on airbnb. Begin your search in Garrettsville, Hiram, and Burton.

– Refillable water bottle
– Reusable coffee/tea mug
– Food/drink to share at the potluck; please make sure it’s ready to serve–there is one dorm-size refrigerator and one sink, but there are plenty of electric outlets available.
– Utensils and knives needed to serve your potluck item; cooler if necessary.
– Cash for a donation (Forays are free, but your generosity buys coffee, paper   products, nametags, goodwill for our hosting institutions, speaker expenses, and more. Thanks!)
– Basket (paper bag can do in a pinch)
– Sharp knife

Mini-Forays (RSVP Required):

Date: Saturday, Apr 30th @ 12 Noon

Location: Blue Rock State Forest (South of Zanesville)
Muskingum River Woodland Interest Group / OMS Joint Foray
Meet at the Forest Headquarters
6665 Cutler Lake Rd.
Blue Rock, OH 43720
Foray Organizer(s): Sharon Greenberg / Adam Komar (ODNR)
RSVP Directly to:
Adam Komar cell# 740 961-0194 ODNR Forest Service
Forest HQ Office: 740 674-4035

Date: Sunday, May 1st @ 11AM

Location: Maumee State Forest in Northwest Ohio
Foray Organizer(s): Debra Shankland (440)263-2334,


Date: Saturday, July 9 @ 10AM

Location: Hell Benders Bluff (Lisbon/ E. Liverpool area)
Foray Oragnizer(s): Walt Sturgeon (330) 426-9833,
Meet at the parking lot on Lones Rd.

Date: Sunday, Sept 11th @ 1PM

Location: Knox County Park District (Site TBD)
Foray Organizer(s):
Shirley McClelland (740) 536-7448,
Lori Totman (

Date: TBD

Location: Dawes Arboretum (Newark,OH)
Foray + Basic Educational Program
Foray Organizer(s):
Shirley McClelland (740) 536-7448,
Shana Byrd – Dawes Arboretum 740 323-2355

Date: TBD

Location: Camp Crowell Hilaka (Richfield, OH)
Foray Organizer(s):
Bryan Lewis (917) 475-6135,
Laura Wilson,

Date: Sunday, Oct 9th @ 10 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Groves Woods (Trumbull County)
Foray Organizer(s): Debra Shankland (440-263-2334,

On this day, OMS members have special permission to collect and survey fungi in this preserve of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Trumbull County.  Contact Debra Shankland at 440-263-2334 if you plan to attend.

Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet:

Date: Saturday, November 5th (Social Hour 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7PM)
Location: “The Mediterranean on 33” in Lancaster, OH
RSVP Directly to:
Shirley McClelland (740) 536-7448,

Non OMS Mushroom Programs

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9AM to noon

Location: Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center, Beaver Creek State Park, Ohio
Mushrooms. Walt Sturgeon, a nationally recognized amateur mycologist with over 30 years of experience, will lead this event.  This workshop will include a slide program, a collecting field trip, and a mushroom display.  There will be information on distinctive, edible, and toxic species, basic taxonomy, fungal ecology, folklore, cooking tips, and ethnomycology (people and mushrooms).  Participants may have edible mushrooms to take home.  Participants are asked to bring a basket and wax bags or wax paper for collecting the mushrooms.  Portions of the walk may be moderate to difficult walking.  Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  There is a maximum of 20 in this group, so call early to register at 330-383- 8152.  Meet at the Wildlife Education Center.

Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016, 2PM to 4PM

Location: Scenic Vista Park, Lisbon, Ohio
Ohio’s Wild Mushrooms at Scenic Vista Park. Join Walt Sturgeon, the acclaimed mushroom expert, as he returns to the park with his wonderful program on various types of mushrooms native to our area. For more information, email Walt at mycowalt(at)

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 9AM to 5PM

Mushroom Day at the Holden Arboretum. From Field Forays to Research.

Location:  Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, The Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland OH 44094 Tel:440-946-4400
Ohio has more than 2000 kinds of fungi. Ohio’s premier field mycologist and author Walt Sturgeon will present a slide program about mushrooms and how to identify them.  Also participating will be naturalist Debra Shankland, President of the Ohio Mushroom Society, and Ohio photographer and mushroom aficionado Ian Adams, who will share tips on photographing mushrooms. Participate in forays to Holden’s woodlands to observe and collect mushrooms for identification and display. Holden’s Research Director Dr. David Burke will explain how Holden uses fungi to study the health of forest soil and how DNA analysis is used to identify fungi being studied in Holden’s forest ecosystems. Mushroom books, fliers and other mushroom-related materials will be  available for purchase, including signed copies of  Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwestern States: A Resource Handbook and Mushrooms of the Northeast, both co-authored by Walt Sturgeon. For more information, see the attached flier.


Date: July 22 & 23, 2016

West Virginia Club Mushroom Foray

Location: Dry Fork, West Virginia
Learn about wild mushrooms and enjoy a fun filled fungi extravaganza! Featuring Gary Lincoff, Walt Sturgeon, John Plischke III, Max Dubansky, and Todd Elliott.  For more information visit

Date: September 30 to October 2, 2016

Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club Foray

Contact: Philip Tedeschi, (734) 355-0359,

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8AM to 7PM

Annual Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Gary Lincoff Foray

Location:  Rose Barn, Pearce Mill Rd, North Park, McCandless Township, PA
Guided morning walks and self-guided afternoon mushroom walks; Mushroom Walks will be conducted in North Park and in other woodlands nearby. Lectures: guest speakers: Gary Lincoff and other guests; Mushroom Feast; merchandise sales and silent auction. Featured speaker is Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Gary, Past-president of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), is the nation’s best-known mushroom expert. He is a charismatic and entertaining speaker and makes learning about mushrooms fun and interesting. His end-of- the-day table-walk discussions are not to be missed. For more information, visit

National and More:

Date: July 28-31, 2016

NEMF Foray 2016

Location: Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Our theme will be ” The Role of Fungi in the Ecology of the Forest.” The chief mycologist will be David Hibbett, Professor of Biology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. We will emphasize group learning, rather than individual collecting, and conservation of the biosystem. We also plan to have lectures on the relationship of fungi to the forest’s flora and fauna. For more information, visit

Date: September 8-11, 2016

NAMA Shenandoah Foray 2016

Location: Front Royal, Virginia
Located in the unique environment of the bio-regions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We will be stationed at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center  just minutes from Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail, and just 60 miles from Washington, DC’s Dulles Airport. Chief mycologist will be Walt Sturgeon, well-known field mycologist and author.  For more information, visit