Mushroom Forays

Cumberland Mycological Society hosts several forays each year in the summer and fall seasons, when the largest variety of mushroom species tends to appear (depending on moisture conditions).Cumberland Mycological Society members gathering mushrooms at club sponsored mushroom foray

To learn details of what to expect at club forays, click HERE

CMS sponsored forays are open to club members whose dues are paid and current. There is no additional charge to attend forays.

The foray locations are at parks on or very near the Cumberland Plateau of East /Middle Tennessee.

**IMPORTANT UPDATE: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheduled forays at Pickett State Park, Cumberland Mtn State Park, and Rock Island State Park, have been cancelled for the health and safety of club members and the community. In lieu of these forays, we are having "virtual forays" on the same dates as the scheduled forays.

At virtual forays, participants can gather some mushrooms beforehand to share on the Zoom video conference, which will last approximately 2 hours. Club scientific advisers will help with identification and discuss important aspects of those mushrooms.

The next virtual foray will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. central time and is open to club members and scientific advisers. If you'd like to attend, please be sure your membership is current. If you're currenly not a member and would like to join, go to the "Join the Club" link on this site. If your CMS membership is current and you would like to participate in the Oct. 10 virtual foray, email Steve (click HERE) to reserve a spot. On Thursday evening, Oct. 8, a link to the ZOOM meeting will be sent to your email address.

Summer and Fall 2020 Forays (open to CMS members only -see important update above**) --note, all in person forays have been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

July 18, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Central Time at Pickett State Park, located NE of Jamestown, TN. Meet between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. at shelter #2, located at end of the road that goes through the picnic area beside the lake. Mushroom walk in the woods will last about 3 hours, followed by an informal picnic lunch (on your own), and then an identification session. After many of the mushrooms are identified (probably around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.), we will give a 45 minute overview on the finds of the day. All activities (except the mushroom walk) will take place at Shelter #2.


Aug. 15, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Central Time at Cumberland Mountain State Park, located near Crossville, TN. Meet between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. at shelter #3, across from the tennis courts near the playground area. Foray will last about 3 hours, followed by an informal picnic lunch (on your own), and then an identification session. After many of the mushrooms are identified (probably around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.), we will give a 45 minute overview on the finds of the day. All activities (except the mushroom walk) will take place at Shelter #3.

 

Sept. 5, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Central Time at Rock Island State Park, between Sparta and McMinnville, TN. Meet between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the shelter in picnic area #2 (turn right about 2/10th mile past the park office, shelter on left). Mushroom walk in woods will last about 3 hours, followed by an informal picnic lunch (on your own), and then an identification session. After many of the mushrooms are identified (probably around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.), we will give a 45 minute overview on the finds of the day. All activities (except the mushroom walk) will take place at Shelter #2.