2018 Casa Nostra Wild Mushroom Dinner (by )

? WHEN: 11/13/2018
? WHERE: 9217 State Route 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Basket of Chanterelle mushrooms

The FFSC Culinary Committee is happy to announce a fungal feast to start off the new season. Thanks to Tatyana Rekow for organizing this delicious treat! We’re planning a family-style dinner for FFSC members at Casa Nostra in Ben Lomond. Sorry, details and registration are limited to current FFSC members! Members can purchase a guest ticket for the same price.

Morel Fever (by )

Morel Madness

Morel Season!

My palms are sweating; I swear it.   It started mid April when my mushroom social media started appearing with posts of morels and morel related dishes.   The season starts on the east coast and moves slowly to the West.   

Beautiful posting of morels in midwest and some even from Europe begins haunting my video streams...

2018 May General Meeting: Catharine A. Adams - Chemical ecology of the death cap mushroom (by )

? WHEN: 05/16/2018, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Catharine A. Adams

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Catharine A. Adams.   She will be presenting "Chemical ecology of the death cap mushroom."  

Pipi is on the "books" (by )

Bad News - Pipi has been cancelled.

Pipi is our most informal  long distance club foray in the Serrias.  It is a member's only foray.

The only scheduled part of this foray is  our Saturday Potluck where everyone who is attending shows up at a designated campsite and brings food and drinks to share.   Wild hunting stories are told around the campfire where often the bounty of the days hunting is found...

2018 Suds & Shrooms Picnic (by )

? WHEN: 05/19/2018, 11 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Scotts Valley - details in Members area of article

Mushroom beer mug The Central Coast Zymergeeks and the Fungus Federation are sponsoring our annual Suds and ‘Shrooms Potluck Picnic.

This is a great time to gather, enjoy the season and the usual array of great food that our excellent FFSC cooks provide...


2018 Mycopigments: Exploring Mushroom Dyes of the Redwood Coast with Alissa Allen (by )

? WHEN: 04/21/2018, 10 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Boulder Creek Community Center, 13333 Middleton Ave., Boulder Creek, CA
A rainbow of mushroom-dyed yarn

Join the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz and Mycopigments for a day exploring the full spectrum of permanent color found in the mushrooms and lichens of Northern California. We will extract dye from 10 or more species of mushrooms and lichens, creating a palette of over 20 colors!

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.

2018 Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada - SFSU Field Station (by )

? WHEN: 03-08, June 2018
? WHERE: SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus - Yuba Gap
Calvatia sculpta Sierra puffball mushroom

Dennis Desjardin, Professor of Mycology at San Francisco State University, offers this fantastic class annually.  With assistance from his super-knowledgeable grad students, Dennis provides a week-long examination of the spring mycoflora of the Sierra. Students are presented both an overview and the the finer points of identification, including the use of the microscope, various reagents. This is a great introduction and a good way to up your ID skills...

North to Alaska Foray 2018 (by Bill White)

? WHEN: 25-01, September 2018
? WHERE: Sterling, Alaska

Foray is now Full

Join Bill and Jerri White at their Alaska Sports Lodge for the highly popular Alaska Foray. 

Theme for the foray, courtesy of phenomenal photographer and bon vivant Hugh Smith. It is sung to the tune of North to Alaska by Johnny Horton. Check  https://youtu.be/JSt0NEESrUA for the melody, then sing Hugh's new, improved version:

Way up North............
Way up North............

North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the rush is on.
North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the hunt is on.

Ol' Hugh left the city, in the year of twenty ten, with
Sandi, his partner and some other mushroom friends. They
found the Kenai River, and they went where they were told. Theyfound
Cort caperatus, Lec Si Num,
and Boletes, big & bold.

Where the river is windin', Bill's Boletes we're findin',
North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the hunt is on.

Well Hugh turned to Phil with a Bolete in his hands.
Said, "Phil, you're a lookin' at a hungry hungry man.
I'd trade all these Porcini, that are found in this here land, forsome
good ol' deep-fried chic-ken, an' a chocolate dessert, man."

Where the Kenai is windin', big Boletes they're findin',
North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the hunt is on.
Alaska Bolete by Bradley Dunbaugh



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.