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All Events

2020 North to Alaska Foray (by Bill White)

? WHEN: 28-05, September 2020
? WHERE: Sterling, Alaska

Bill and Jerri White are again opening their Alaska Sports Lodge for the highly popular Alaska Foray!

Note: This event is not sponsored by the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, but has been hosted for many years by the Whites, longtime FFSC members. We are again sharing it as a courtesy to our membership. Please be safe, both for yourselves and others!.

In view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Bill is not planning restaurant meals, favoring instead staying as a closed group on foray and at the lodge. The state of Alaska requires a negative Covid-19 test within three days before arrival to the state. Please be sure to check with Bill as to details about this and any other questions and concerns you may have regarding the trip in general, the Covid-19 situation locally and how details will be handled.


Beautiful scenery, wildlife, fresh seafood and mushrooms! Edibles often found include Boletes, Gypsies, Hedgehogs, Lactarius deliciosus, and Alaska Gold, Phaeolepiota aurea. Fungal diversity can be astonishing, with some forays yielding over 200 species.

Read about our 2017 foray adventures.

CANCELLED - 2020 Wine & Mushroom Fest (by Toni Gillespie)

? WHEN: 03/21/2020, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Scott Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

In keeping with Santa Cruz County's recommendation that gatherings of 50 or more be avoided at the current time, we are regretfully cancelling our annual Wine & Mushroom Fest.Refunds will be issued for those who have purchased advance tickets, though it may take a couple of weeks...

CANCELLED — 2020 March General Meeting: Dr. Brian Perry (by )

? WHEN: 03/18/2020, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House

We regret the need to cancel the March membership meeting. This is in keeping with public health recommendations to limit non-essential gatherings where individuals are in close contact. Stay tuned for updates, and hope to see you all in April!


Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Doors open at 6:00 PM for setup and socializing.Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 6:30-7:00.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Dr. Brian Perry from Cal State East Bay

2020 Steam Train Foray at Roaring Camp (by )

? WHEN: 02/16/2020, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
? WHERE: 5401 Graham Hill Road Felton, CA 95018
Steam train in the redwoods
Rain or shine, let's get this train loaded and moving for another fantastic foray adventure at Roaring Camp!
The Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad is a 3 ft. narrow-gauge tourist railroad in California that starts from the Roaring Camp depot in Felton, California and runs up steep grades through redwood forests to the top of nearby Bear Mountain, a distance of 3.25 miles. Big thanks to Rene Barone, Heather Troy and Bob Wynn for making this fun day happen!

Mushroom ID Class for Members Only - Now Open (by )

? WHEN: 02/08/2020, 10 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Marshall Field/Louden, TBD

The Fungus Federation will be giving a mushroom identification class, led by Phil Carpenter, Science Minister, on Sat. February 8th.   

In order to take the class, you must be a current, paid-up, member of the Fungus Federation. There is no fee to take the class except for your membership dues.  The first 20 people to sign up will be included...

January 26, 2020 Local Foray (by )

? WHEN: 01/26/2020, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
? WHERE: UC Santa Cruz

There will be a local foray for new members (and old members)  this coming Saturday, Jan 26, 2020. 

This foray is to welcome new members to the club, but experienced members are also needed to share their knowledge and camaraderie.  The foray will take place around the North (upper) part of the UC Santa Cruz campus open space...

2020 Albion II Foray - January (by )

? WHEN: 24-26, January 2020
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

There is no limit to the foray size itself.  FFSC members are welcome to stay off site and join us for both the Saturday foray and the Saturday night potluck. You must be a FFSC member for you and your family to attend.  

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is located just one mile from the seashore, eight miles south of Mendocino, and 28 miles from a state forest, and 60 miles from Salt Point in the valley of an old lumber camp on the Albion River, it has welcomed students and visitors with its rustic charm since 1947. The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is owned and operated by Pacific Union College.  The Mendocino Coast is a bountiful haven for fungal species in any season. The Albion foray focuses on a wide range of fungi, with edibles including boletes, chanterelles, candy caps, matsutake and hedgehogs. 

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center features heated private cabins with private baths and a lovely dining hall with a commercial kitchen. The center serves as our foray base and we utilize the kitchen for meals and our famous Saturday night potluck. Additional information regarding the Albion Retreat and Learning Center can be found at

2020 January General Meeting: Roo Vandegrift (by )

? WHEN: 01/15/2020, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Roo Vandegrift

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Doors open at 6:30 PM for setup and socializing.Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 6:30-7:00.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Roo Vandegrift.  

Fantastic Fungi filming w/ Paul Stamets

? WHEN: 01/11/2020, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
? WHERE: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Project New Day invites you to a special screening of Fantastic Fungi followed by a Q&A with Paul Stamets at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA.


Are you ready to explore the magic that lives beneath our feet? Mycelium is the very foundation of life on this planet - not only for our species but for so many species on this Earth that we love, and we can work with it to restore our planet...