CMS partners with the City of Eugene Recreation Services to offer seasonal educational forays and classes to the community through the Amazon Community Recreation Center. CMS members also partner with other organizations to give talks and mushroom walks at a variety of other venues throughout the mushrooming season. All are open to all community members (no CMS membership required). Many are free. All Community Events are listed here, on the CMS Calendar, and on the CMS Facebook Events Page as we become aware of them.
Community events at Amazon Community Center
Registration for fall Amazon events opens on August 23, 2022 at Eugene RecEnroll
November 5, 2021 (10 am-noon) – Family Mushroom Foray – FREE – Amazon Community Center
The Cascade Mycological Society guides us on a fungi identification hunt in our own neighborhood. Explore a local park (Hendrick Park or Amazon Park) for fall mushrooms. We won’t be picking on this trip, just identifying. Register at Eugene RecEnroll (code #21389).
November 4, 2022 (7-9 pm) – Intro To Wild Mushroom Identification – FREE – Amazon Community Center
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. Register at Eugene RecEnroll (code #21392).
November 9, 2022 (9 am- 5 pm)- Adult Mushroom Foray – Fee $35 – Amazon Community Center
In partnership with the 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. Register at Eugene RecEnroll (code #21391).
May 12, 2023 (7-9 pm) – Cooking with Wild Mushrooms – $10 – Amazon Community Center Mushrooms add wonderful flavor and depth to dishes; plus they provide valuable nutrition. The Cascade Mycological Society will introduce you to some of the many locally available wild mushrooms that are best for your table. Learn the best ways to clean them preserve them and cook with them. Plus learn a few insider tricks to bring out their sumptuous flavor. The class will wrap up with a chance to taste a dish made with seasonally available mushrooms. Register at Eugene RecEnroll (code TBD)
Community events at Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs now has a Sunday Annex Series every Sunday from 1pm to 3pm. Their Annex is located next to the Mountain Rose Mercantile in the Farmers Union Market. Check out all of the Mountain Rose Annex events here.
October 9, 2022 (1-3 pm) – Mushroom Identifest – Mountain Rose Annex – A great opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of learning about mushrooms. Bring any mushrooms you would like to have identified. We will have microscopes on hand for everyone to view the intricacies of fungus. If you don’t have mushrooms to bring, don’t worry, we will have plenty of cool and interesting specimens to examine. We will also have some activities for kids. Free event, open to the public. More info here.
November 20, 2022 (1-3 pm) – Learn to make clay mushrooms – Mountain Rose Annex – Learn how to make realistic mushrooms from air dry clay with Sandy Patton from the Cascade Mycological Society. These are fun to make and to give as gifts. Each participant will make and go home with a Chanterelle ornament. More information and registration here.
Community Mushroom Walks
November 9, 2022 (1pm) – Explore the diverse world of mushrooms with mycologist Joe Spivak of the Cascade Mycological Society. Mushroom enthusiasts will enjoy Joe’s wealth of knowledge while hiking along the park’s beautiful trails. More information and registration at Friends of Hendricks Park.