Events

The Madison Mycological Society offers public meetings every third Tuesday of the month, which vary in their content, but often times include a guest lecturer. Attendees are welcome to bring their fungal finds to look at under a microscope and get help with identification.

We also organize regular forays that are free and open to the public. See here (State Parks) and here (State Natural Areas) for information on permissible activities on public lands. State Parks (but not State Natural Areas) require a sticker for admission, which can be purchased for the year for $28. If you have private land that you would like to make available for forays, please contact us. Scheduled forays, especially those planned for weeks in advance, may change, so please check back before the event for up-to-date information.

Other special events may require preregistration, have limited spots, or entail an admission cost. Members of the Madison Mycological Society receive priority registration.

As a member of the Madison Mycological Society, you also have access to events sponsored by the Wisconsin Mycological Society. Events that are within a two-hour drive from Madison are listed below with an asterisk. Please respect the policies of the Wisconsin Mycological Society and only participate in their events if you have paid annual dues.

Participation in any event sponsored by the Madison Mycological Society signifies that one will abide by our code of conduct and ethical harvesting guidelines. The Madison Mycological Society affirms diversity and does not tolerate prejudice of any kind. We also strive to protect and restore natural ecosystems, which are foundational to healthy humans and healthy fungi.


Monthly Meetings                     Forays                     Special Events


Upcoming Events

*WMS Milwaukee Fungi Fair | 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, October 27
Check out this event page on Facebook. MMS will be present. It looks like a blast. This event is open to the public, not just MMS or WMS members!

Lichen Walk and Hands-on Activity with Lichenologist Anne Pringle at Forest Hill Cemetery (members only, dues-paying or honorary) | 2 pm on Sunday, October 28
For members of the MMS, join us at the Forest Hills Cemetery for a special event, this year’s last. As we walk through the cemetery, Professor Anne Pringle will teach us about lichens. We’ll measure the age of lichens and ponder immortality. Read more about Anne Pringle’s past work on this topic here. We’ll meet at the cemetery office off of Speedway Rd. Find a carpool buddy here

Past Events

Preliminary Meeting  | Tuesday, February 20
6:00 – 7:00 pm at Union South
Meet and greet for interested community members

Meeting 1 | Tuesday, March 20
6:00 – 7:00 pm in Birge Hall Room 158
Lecture by Professor Anne Pringle: “Fungal Taxonomy through the Ages”

Meeting 2 | Tuesday, April 17
No meeting

Wild Yeast: From Soil to Sourdough Workshop | Tuesday, April 24
6:30 – 8:00 pm at Madison Sourdough Company classroom

*WMS North Kettle Moraine State Forest Foray | Saturday, May 12
10:00 am at North Kettle Moraine State Forest (Fond du Lac County)
Drive of 1 hour and 42 minutes from Madison, foray led by Liza Wallner

Meeting 3 | Tuesday, May 15
6:00 – 7:00 pm at Memorial Union Terrace
Review by-laws and socialize over beer

Morel Hunt at Governor Dodge State Park | Sunday, May 20
2:00 pm at Stephens’ Falls trail, Governor Dodge State Park (Iowa County)
Drive of 53 minutes from Madison, foray led by Alden Dirks

Foray on Private Blue  Mound Land | Sunday, May 20
2:00 pm on private Blue Mounds property (Dane County)
Foray led by Sarah Wiest

Foray at Pewit’s Nest | Sunday, June 3
2:00 pm at Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area #200 (Sauk County)
Drive of 53 minutes from Madison, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

Foray at Dells of the Wisconsin River | Sunday, June 10
2:00 pm at Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area #283 (Columbia County)
Drive of 1 h 6 min from Madison, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

CANCELLED: Foray at Goose Lake Drumlins  | Sunday, June 17
2:00 pm at Goose Lake Drumlins State Natural Area #375 (Dane County)
Drive of 28 minutes from Madison, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Sarah Wiest (937-371-3907)

Meeting 4 | Tuesday, June 19
6:00 – 7:00 pm in Birge Hall Room 158
Lecture by Professor Brian Hudelson: “Rusts and Smuts and Poop-on-a-Stick, Oh My! Common Fungal Plant Diseases You Can Learn to Love!”

*WMS Foray at Bob Steinke’s Farm | Saturday, June 23
10:00 am at Bob Steinke’s Farm by Eagle (Waukesha County )
Drive of 1 h 11 min from Madison, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by John Steinke

Foray at Mazomanie Oak Barrens | Sunday, June 24
2:00 pm at Mazomanie Oak Barrens State Natural Area #248 (Dane County)
Drive of 38 minutes from Madison, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

Foray at Gibralter Rock | Sunday, July 1
2:00 pm at Gibralter Rock State Natural Area #73 (Columbia County)
Drive of 48 minutes from Madison, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Sarah Wiest (937-371-3907)

Foray at Lake Kegonsa State Park | 2 pm on Sunday, July 15
Drive of 24 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

Meeting 5 | Tuesday, July 17
6:00 – 7:00 pm in Birge Hall Room 158
Lecture on the courtroom experiences regarding deadly mold and dangerous wood decay of mycologist Hal Burdsall

Foray at Capital Springs State Recreation Area | 2 pm on Sunday, July 22
Drive of 15 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Sarah Wiest (937-371-3907)

*WMS South Kettle State Park Foray | 10 am on Saturday, July 28
Drive of 1 hour from the Madison Capitol, foray led by John Steinke

Foray at Waunakee Wildlife Area | 2 pm on Sunday, July 29
Drive of 35 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

Foray at the property of Henry Royer | 2 pm on Sunday, August 12
Drive of 32 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

Meeting 6 | Tuesday, August 21
6:00 – 7:00 pm in Birge Hall Room 158
“Chemical Intelligence of Fungi: How Fungi ‘Talk'” by Professor Nancy Keller
Pizza for members to catch up

Foray at Olson Oak Woods SNA | 2 pm on Sunday, August 26
Drive of 30 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)
Foray cancelled due to risk of severe storms and flooding around the site

*WMS Dorthy Carnes County Park Foray | 10 am on Saturday, September 8
Drive of 38 minutes from the Madison Capitol, foray led by Judy & Bob Kaplan

Foray at Olson Oak Woods SNA | 2 pm on Sunday, September 9
Drive of 30 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

*WMS Devil’s Lake State Park Foray | 10 am on Saturday, September 15
Drive of 56 minutes from Madison, foray led by Sue & Jim Selle

Meeting 7 | Tuesday, September 18
6:00 – 7:00 pm in Birge Hall Room 158
Join us to learn about fungus-like organisms that parasitize agricultural crops from Amanda Gevens: “Keeping up with a clever water mold: Ongoing studies of Phytopthora infestans‘ ecology and management”.

Foray at Magnolia Bluff SNA | 2 pm on Sunday, September 23
Drive of 35 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)

Tour of Hidden Valley Mushrooms | 2 pm on Sunday, September 30
Hidden Valley Mushrooms was established in Wisconsin Dells in 1992. Check out their Facebook page. Join us to learn about Wisconsin mushroom cultivation and commercial growing. The farm is a drive of 1 hour from the Madison Capitol. Find a carpool buddy here. The tour is free.

Foray at Browntown Oak Forest SNA | 2 pm on Sunday, October 7
Drive of 1 hour 4 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy hereForay led by Leah Bendlin. You can contact her with the form linked here.

*WMS Coral Woods Conservation Area Foray | 10 am on Saturday, October 13
Drive of 1 hour and 36 minutes from Madison, foray led by Judy & Bob Kaplan.

Meeting 8 – Lichen Biology and Identification | Tuesday, October 16
6:00 – 7:00 pm in Birge Hall Room 158
Join us to learn all about lichen biology and identification from Marie Trest. Bring a lichen and a magnifying glass (hand lens) if you have one.

Foray at Ridgeway Pine Relict SNA | 2 pm on Sunday, October 21
Drive of 56 minutes from the Madison Capitol, find a carpool buddy here
Foray led by Alden Dirks (610-314-9573)
Please note, the terrain gets pretty steep! This site is spectacular for its topography, which unfortunately also makes it difficult to navigate.

Updated October 26, 2018