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:

Fall Foray at Camp Asbury in Hiram  **UPDATED**

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 return to Portage County once again this autumn to foray hills and valleys full of
mature Beech-Maple forest and other healthy habitats. Most activities will occur at
Camp Asbury, comprised of 450 acres of woodlands, wetlands and fields nestled in the
Eagle Creek valley in northern Portage County. Operated by the East Ohio Conference
of the United Methodist Church, the camp property includes diverse forests with areas of immense oaks, other hard mast trees, and tulip trees. Our headquarters will be the
Epworth Retreat Center, containing not just an ample meeting room, but complete
kitchen facilities, two dorm wings accommodating up to 14 people, plus its own picnic
pavilion and fire ring. Imagine the convenience of arriving Friday night, participating in
all foray activities, and not needing to move your car until Sunday afternoon!

In addition, this weekend will also include a foray at the 500-acre James H. Barrow Field Station of Hiram College. This living laboratory supports over 200 acres of Beech-Maple forest, along with aquatic and other habitats.

Our foray mycologist and presenter will be Django Grootmyers. Still a student, his
pursuit and knowledge of fungal taxonomy is stunning. He will present a program on the
Ohio Mycoflora Project, and how anyone can be an important part of documenting our
fungal heritage. This foray is an excellent chance to see and understand all the steps
needed to truly know and document what we have. Some of our foray specimens will
undergo DNA sequencing at Purdue University to determine their precise identity.

Camp Asbury is located at 10776 Asbury Road in Hiram. For maps and other details,
please check Overnight accommodations at Epworth Retreat Center are limited and expected to go quickly. The full foray, including two nights accommodations in the Center, a Friday night hot dog roast and social, and morning continental breakfast both days is only $90 per person. Those wishing to commute to the Foray may join us for the Friday night meal for $10 each. Reservations are required  in advance by mailing a check, payable to Ohio Mushroom Society, in the appropriate amount. Please mail your check to: volunteer treasurer Jerry Pepera, 8915 Knotty Pine Lane, Chardon, OH 44024. Foray coordinator Debra Shankland would appreciate knowing your plans; please contact her at or at  440-263-2334 to reserve your bunk at the retreat center, r.s.v.p. for the hot dog roast, or  are planning to just attend on Saturday and/or Sunday. Don’t delay!

Everyone attending any part of the Foray must be an Ohio Mushroom Society member.
Obtaining a membership is easy! Just fill out this form and mail it with your check to Jerry at the address above. Participants are also welcome to join the club on-site at the foray.

Saturday’s lunch will be potluck. Please bring serving utensils for your dish, and a label
identifying ingredients is helpful. A refrigerator, stove, microwave and electric outlets are available, however, please know that you will be responsible for all preparation and
clean-up of your contribution. Please, no home-canned food.

Click here for the full schedule of events and more details.

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.

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: Saturday, 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  at 3044 Wadsworth Rd.  Norton, OH 44203

The annual Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet will be held Saturday November 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm at The Wolf Creek Tavern in Norton, Ohio.  We are very pleased to have our guest Mary Catherine Aime (Purdue University) speak on the topic of “Searching for Fungal Dinosaurs in Guyana’s Lost World.”

This tavern has a long a storied history as part of the Underground Railroad in Ohio, and as a speakeasy during prohibition.  We will be occupying the upstairs banquet room for our dinner and presentations.  However, definitely check out the speakeasy in the basement either before or after to get the feel for the place.  The Speakeasy serves prohibition era cocktails in the basement on Friday and Saturday nights on a bar made from a Chestnut tree cut in half.  Pretty interesting! 

We will be able to order off the menu, and they have a nice selection of different foods and vegetarian/vegan options.  Checks will be separate, and there is a 20% already added gratuity to the bill.  And to those who enjoy a good brew, the selection of craft beers is excellent.  There is one small caveat.  The banquet room only has enough room for 40 people.  So we will have to take reservations on a 1st come basis.  Jerry Pepera, our club secretary, will be taking the RSVP’s along with a $5 reservation fee.  This will cover the cost of securing the room, the appetizers, and holding your seat.    You can reserve a spot by maiing the $5 per person reservation fee to:   Jerry Pepera, 8915 Knotty Pine Lane, Chardon, OH 44024.


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: Canaan Valley, 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