Monthly Meetings/Presentations

Cheshire teaching candy cap identification, December 2015

Cheshire teaching candy cap identification, December 2015

Would you like to learn more about the mysterious world of fungi? The Cascade Mycological Society hosts monthly meetings, September through May from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Amazon Community Recreation Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene. For 2016, the CMS Meeting night is on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. But, it is a good idea to check the website as scheduling conflicts can occur.

Come mingle with and learn from expert mycologists and the local mushroom enthusiasts of CMS.  All CMS monthly meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to bring mushrooms in for identification during the show & tell portion held the first 30 minutes. We then have guest speakers on various fungi related subjects, followed by an informal tasting table of delights brought in by members.

Some of the noted speakers CMS has hosted in the past include Langdon CookBart Buyck, PhDMatt Trappe, PhD, Bitty Roy, PhD, Alija Bajro Muji, PhD Candidate, Dennis R Benjamin, MDJa SchindlerDebbie ViessTaylor LockwoodSteve Trudell,PhDMaggie RogersMolly JuilleratSkye Weintraub, ND, Charles Lefevre, PhD and Michael Beug, PhD.

Seasonal Classes

We partner with the City of Eugene Recreation Services to offer free, seasonal educational opportunities to the community.

Intro To Wild Mushroom Foraging – 121726
Do you enjoy eating local wild mushrooms but are afraid to forage for them? Learn how to safely identify and consume wild mushrooms. Discover their habitat, which mushrooms to avoid and which choice edibles are easiest to identify and find. The presentation includes an edible & non-edible mushroom display and wild mushroom tasting based on season and weather availability.

This class is taught in cooperation with the Amazon Community Recreation Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene. Free Class, Open to persons 16 years and older.  Pre-registration required at

Family Mushroom Foray – 121714

The Cascade Mycological Society guides us on a fungi identification hunt in our own neighborhood. Explore the Amazon Park and waterways for fall mushrooms. We won’t be picking on this trip, just identifying. Amazon Community Recreation Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene. Pre-registration required at

Mushroom Foray –  121909

In partnership with Cascade Mycological Society we offer a trip to the woods in search of mushrooms. This trip will be educational and with luck we will find some edible varieties. Open to persons 18 years and older. Transportation included. Cost $32. Meet at  Amazon Community Recreation Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene. Pre-registration required at


There is no substitute for being out in the woods and locating fungi on your own. Generally, we foray at least once a month while fungi are appearing. There are also special walks, talks and trainings. Visit our forays section for more information about what to bring on a mushroom foray and what to expect. Upcoming forays are noted on the calendar and posted in our member newsletter. Pre-registration is usually required and forays are open to members only, one more reason to join CMS.

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival

MPA mushroom show 2010-10-31The Mushroom Festival is always the last Sunday in October.  For 2016, the date is  Sunday, October 30th.  You will find the details and schedule of all the planned Festival Activities, Food, Plant, and Art Vendors at Mount Pisgah Arboretum 2016 Mushroom Festival.

In celebration of the 2016 Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival, CMS has organized a Mushroom Art Exhibit. The free exhibit featuring 15 PNW artists is on display daily (7:30am to 3:30pm) at Morning Glory Cafe in downtown Eugene through October 31st.
Before the festival, over 100 CMS members foray in search of mushrooms of every size, shape and color. Lane Community College “Biology of Mushrooms” students collect in day-long foraging expeditions held the weekend prior to the show. Each mushroom collected is carefully sorted, identified and labeled to create amazing displays.

Please contact us to get involved.

Grants and Scholarships

Teaching And Demonstration Grants

The Cascade Mycological Society awards grants of up to $200 for those wishing to teach children (kindergarten through grade 12) about mycology. The grant is intended10402050_857998950911558_6562516915702686267_n
to introduce children to mycology and may be used by the recipient to teach lessons on mycology, host a speaker, conduct a field trip, grow mushrooms in the classroom, obtain books for school use, and the like.

The amount awarded will be based upon merit and the cost of the proposed project. Cascade Mycological Society is willing to assist applicants in developing projects. In addition, Cascade Mycological Society may be able to provide additional resources for projects, such as by arranging for speakers or foray leaders.


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Freeman Rowe Educational Scholarship

Freeman Rowe

CMS has been proud to offer the Freeman Rowe Educational Scholarship since 2008. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to Oregon college students (community college or university undergraduate, or graduate) who are engaging in mycology research. The scholarship(s) are awarded for research that forwards the understanding of the biology and ecology of fungi or that demonstrates the practical uses of fungi.

The successful candidate will receive up to $1,000 and will be expected to present the results of the research at a CMS general meeting.  Applications may be submitted at any time through our online application form.

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Additional Resources

boleteLane Community College offers top notch mushroom educational courses. The Biology of Mushrooms course is a popular and fascinating introduction to mushrooms.

Through field, classroom, and laboratory work students identify and develop an understanding of mushroom evolution, structure, function and place in the ecology of the areas studied. Saturday or Sunday trips to the Cascades and Central Oregon Coast are required.

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