2017 Albion II Foray - January

? WHEN: 27-29, January 2017
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

This is Albion II, our annual January foray to the Albion Field Station, located six miles south of Mendocino. The Mendocino Coast is a bountiful haven for fungal species in any season. This foray focuses on a wide range of fungi, with edibles including boletes, chanterelles, candy caps, matsutake and hedgehogs.  There is no limit to the foray size itself.  FFSC members are welcome to stay off site and join us for the both Saturday foray and Saturday night potluck. We have opened this to the public for this one event.  Usually, 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, 28 miles from the Jackson Demonstration 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 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 http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/albion/home.



Jackson Demonstration State Forest - Cal Fire is closed on the weekends - please refrain from buying your permit in Fort Bragg on Friday.

  • Permit info 
  • Please allow around 15 days for mail and processing of the application.
  • Permits are valid from when you purchase it to June 30 when it expires.
  • Collecting without a permit or in violation of the permit is a Misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000.00, six months in jail, or both.

Salt Point -

  • Not required
  • There is a bag limit of five pounds of mushrooms per person per day, and commercial picking of any kind is not allowed. Fines are steep for infringements—up to $300.

To book a reservation click the link below that you wish to purchase. The Purchasing page will appear and click on Buy a Ticket button at the top of the purchase pages and add the individual or entire cabin (up to 4 persons) item to your shopping cart, checkout and pay. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note in the comments section at checkout any special needs you require.  We will see what we can do if possible.   Cabin assignments will be availalble here as it is updated before the event and will be posted on the door at the main office at Albion when you check in.

What make this club's favorite foray is the collaborate effort of all to help and contribute.   We ask that everyone attending to pitch in (setup, dishes, instruct, share and cleanup) to make this foray the fun and the easy going event we all cherish and cannot wait for the next one.   Friendships and learning is embraced here.

Sad note: Registration for the next Albion will be increasing 10% so get your discounted registration now.

STRICT NO PET POLICY:  Albion Retreat and Learning center has a "NO PETS POLICY".  If you violate this policy you will be fined $250 and be asked to immediately check-out after you clean your room.  Service dogs are OK in handicap units only: Please reserve Vanessa 1 or 2.  Dogs can't be in cars overnight or food prep areas and proof of up to date shots must be provided upon FFSC web site registration, please note that you will be bringing a service dog in the comments section upon registration.   Additionally, these two questions may be required to be answered if you intend to bring a service dog:

  • whether the dog is required because of a disability, and
  • ​what work the dog is trained to perform.

ALCOHOL is not allowed on site.  Evidence of alcohol containers - including in the garbage, corks, corkscrews, etc. is grounds for the FFSC being banned from using this wonderful facility in the future.

(NOTE: ) Albion cancellation policy: We use Paypal for payment processing. Paypal charges us 3.7% on each transaction. Refunds will be reimbursed with the Paypal fee debited.

You may cancel your reservation up to 10 days before the event and the club will refund you minus the Paypal fee. A better way to go is to advertise your reservation on our Google and/or Facebook groups. Your replacement can pay (even Paypal you) and you get a full refund. 

Less than 10 days before the start date of the event, you are responsible for finding a replacement. The club will no longer refund these last minute cancellations. We rent the entire Albion facility ahead of time so your space has already been paid for. To make this trip affordable for everyone, the club needs to fill 90% of the facility. In the past, last minute refunds have been a problem making it difficult or impossible to cover the facility rental. It also cheats someone else out who may have wanted to go but see the foray is "sold out". Therefore, the club expects you to take responsibility for your reservation and abide by this cancellation policy.

Albion Field Station map

If you would like to carpool, send an email to that effect to <http://ffsc.us/e?q=VhxsWWJeVW5xUXhuZWQ0dmQVakVMZEl4UA-3D-3D_596> for dispersal to the membership.

Important - what to bring:

Please print your order summary and bring with you to the foray. Bring a dish to share at the Saturday potluck.

• GPS, a walking stick, and a water bottle

• Collecting gear (basket, knife, brush, wax and/or paper collection bags) 

• A dehydrator if you have one - damp mushrooms don’t last very long

• Bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries • Layers of clothing - weather ranges from mild to wet and cold.  Keep your head and feet dry!