CMS partners with the City of Eugene Recreation Services to offer seasonal educational classes and field trips 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 are at Eugene RecEnroll
September 29, 2023 (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 TBD).
November 4, 2023 (10 am-noon) – Family Mushroom Walk – 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 TBD).
May 10, 2024 (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 Mushroom Walks
November 5, 2023 (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.
December 3, 2023 (1pm) – Dyeing with Mushrooms, Eugene Textile Center, $85.00 + $20 Materials
Come explore dyeing with mushroom with mycologist and dyer Cheshire Mayrsohn. Using local mushrooms we will create a rainbow of colors, by using different mushroom species, mordants and shifting pH. Students will dye a silk scarf and take home a spectrum of yarn samples. More info and registration here.