2021 Albion I Gathering - December (by )

? WHEN: 03-05, December 2021
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

Yes, Albion is happening this mushroom season. However there will be some changes as we adapt.
The major changes which we hope to reinstate at the earliest opportunity are:

1) There will be NO Saturday potluck
2) Proof of vaccination required
3) Masks must be worn in buildings

This is Albion I, our annual December 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. The Albion I foray focuses on a wide range of fungi, with edibles including boletes, chanterelles, candy caps, matsutake and hedgehogs. 

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 and offers an ideal base from which to foray in the nearby Jackson Demonstration Forest.

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center features heated private cabins with private baths and a large dining hall with a commercial kitchen. The center serves as our foray base and we utilize the kitchen for meals. Additional information regarding the Albion Retreat and Learning Center can be found at http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/albion/home.

We encourage all those who want to learn more about mushrooms come to the lab and help out with the ID.   


Jackson Demonstration Forest - Cal Fire office in Fort Bragg is closed. - Mail in permit requests only at this time.

  • 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.


Happy Hunting,

Long Distance Foray Minister


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