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2022 Suds & Shrooms Picnic - Cheers! (by )

? WHEN: 05/15/2022, 11 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Scotts Valley - details in Members area of article

After a two-year hiatus, the Central Coast Zymergeeks and the Fungus Federation are again sponsoring our much-loved Suds and ‘Shrooms Potluck Picnic. Cheers! Come join us at this lovely outdoor event. 

Chef Bob Wynn is dreaming up some wonderful mushroom delicacies to celebrate spring. The fantastic cooks of FFSC will bring their best to share, too. You definitely don't want to miss this one!


2022 April General Meeting - Brian Perry: Illuminating Fungi - the Science of Fungal Bioluminescence

? WHEN: 04/20/2022, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Brian Perry

Please join us for our April Meeting at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History or on Zoom.

If you plan to come in person, please RSVP via this Google Form. For those of you who would prefer to join us via Zoom, Please Join Here. The session will be opened at 6:30 pm for those who would like to socialize and chat with fellow mycophiles before the main meeting, which will start at 7:00 pm. Zoom participants will be able to chat among themselves until the start of main meeting. After the business part of the meeting, join Brian Perry PhD, Associate Professor of Biology at California State University for his talk: Illuminating Fungi - the Science of Fungal Bioluminescence.

2022 Mycopigments Workshop: Exploring Mushroom Dyes of the Redwood Coast with Alissa Allen (by )

? WHEN: 19-20, March 2022
? WHERE: Norris Center Herbarium, UCSC Campus, Norris Center Herbarium UCSC Campus
A rainbow of mushroom-dyed yarn

Join us on March 19 and 20 for a two-day workshop exploring the intensely beautiful, full spectrum of color that can be obtained from coastal dye fungi. On day one we will take a leisurely walk through the woodlands adjacent to our dye lab, looking for fungal specimens. We'll talk about the role fungi play in forest ecology, how to spot ideal mushroom and lichen habitats and how to test for dye potential. After a picnic lunch, we will put our lessons to practice and test a couple of species to determine their dyeability and the best route to color. On day two we will work in-depth with a dozen or so local species, using developed recipes to achieve brilliant, colorfast results. At the end of this weekend-long workshop, you will have the experience and resources you need to carry on your own experiments at home.

All supplies provided: You needn’t bring any supplies to class; wool samples and silk scarves will be provided. You will receive a complimentary silk scarf to practice a demonstrated dye resist technique.

Take home: In this class you will learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, and habitats. You will also learn about the importance of ethical harvest, especially pertaining to lichen dyes. At the end of the day you will take home a detailed recipe card, showcasing a rainbow of samples dyed in class; a beautiful hand dyed scarf; a procedural handout to guide your future exploration, and a customized guide to the best local dye fungi.



Virtual Mushroom Identification Class (by )

? WHEN: 10-15, February 2022
? WHERE: Zoom, Zoom Call
Phil Carpenter, lead mycologist

This year’s mushroom identification class will be different from those in the past due to the restrictions placed upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be conducting the meetings by Zoom, and participants will be expected to find and attempt to identify mushrooms in the time between the two meetings. This class is aimed at students who have a serious interest in learning how to identify mushrooms and are willing to put in the time and effort to learn. The class will consist of two sessions - the first on Thursday, February 10th from 7-8pm, and the second on Monday, February 14th Tuesday, February 15th from 7-9pm. Sign ups for this event will open on Monday, January 31st at 7pm, and will only be available to FFSC members. Please ensure you will be able to attend both sessions before registering for the event.

2022 Albion II Foray - January (by )

? WHEN: 21-23, January 2022
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

You must be staying at Albion to join us for the both Saturday foray and our fabulous 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. All guests have access to the cafeteria, kitchen, laboratory and classroom.  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

2022 Fungus Fair Forays-SOLD OUT

? WHEN: 08-16, January 2022
? WHERE: Santa Cruz, CA

Sign up below to join local mycologists on a foray in the local Santa Cruz area. After the foray we will meet back at our starting point to review our finds and have culinary demonstration and mushroom tasting. The exact location of each foray will be sent to your registration e-mail before the foray. Be sure to check your spam folder if you have not received a confirmation a few days before the foray...