Mushroom Forays

SOMA mushroom forays are field trips to collect wild mushrooms with knowledgeable fungi folk. Forays provide a great opportunity to get out in the woods in a friendly atmosphere to learn the ins and outs of identifying and collecting mushrooms. Our forays are always open to the public, and we welcome all ages, experience levels, and interests. Check out the events calendar for the next foray.

COVID-19 Updates

State Park permits limit us to a single 10-person group per day, and must wear face coverings and practice social distancing with others who are not from the same household. SOMA cannot hold our annual Camp in January 2021, so instead we are charging a fee for our forays, in order to continue to fund scholarships this year.
Cost of forays is usually $85 for SOMA members, or $95 for non-members. Membership is only $25 (or $20 for seniors).
There will be no potluck lunch, but a pre-made mushroom-themed box lunch is included with a paid foray. And the foray fee is tax deductible!

Foraging and Identifying

Specimen table ID Session after a foray at Salt Point State Park

Specimen table after a foray at Salt Point State Park.

At a typical foray we sort ourselves into groups led by foray leaders who know the trails. After about two hours of foraging we gather back with our fungal finds and showcase them on the specimen table, where we have a Mushroom Identification Session.

During the mushroom season (from September to May), SOMA leads monthly forays on the Saturday morning following the Thursday night meeting.
Forays are usually at Salt Point State Park. Meet no later than 10:00 (09:45 is better!) at the Woodside Campground picnic area parking lot right past the entrance kiosk where you must deposit $8 per vehicle.

Please Note:
As a consequence of State Park permit requirements:

To find out when the next foray will be, check out the Calendar of upcoming events.

Nine things to bring on a Foray

  1. Collecting basket or paper bag with handles
  2. Wax bags or small paper bags to separate species species (plastic and mushrooms do not mix well)
  3. A 10x hand lens or small magnifying glass
  4. Water bottle and a snack
  5. A notebook, pen, and a small Mushroom field guide can be useful
  6. Small digging tool or knife to pick the mushrooms (including their bases)
  7. A whistle and compass (on your smart phones!) is handy to locate your fellow foragers if you get off trail or turned around
  8. Hat and/or rain gear, sturdy hiking footwear, daypack
  9. GPS tracking app on your smart phone. Recommend you download before arriving (very limited coverage in parks).

We do not leave any of our trash behind--especially in the fire pit.

Contact information

For more specific info about the forays, feel free to contact the foray leader: