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Broken Image Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2019
10/18/19 - 10/20/19

Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2019
Friday, October 18th 3:00 PM - Sunday October 20th  11:00 AM
Black Diamond Camp at Rainier
67404 State Route 410
East Enumclaw, WA 98022
Cost: $195 for EACH PSMS Member (NO Checks, credit card or PayPal ONLY)

ALL attendees must be PSMS members and be pre-registered. There are no drop ins permitted at this location.  $25 cancellation fee per person through September 30th.  After September 30th there are no refunds of registration fees.  

PSMS Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2019
Friday October 18 thru Sunday October 20
Puget Sound Mycological Society is very excited to host the fourth annual Ben Woo Memorial foray. This year’s foray will be held at the same location, Camp Berachah Ministries / Black Diamond at Mt. Rainier, located about 30 miles east of Enumclaw just off Route 410 near the Crystal Mountain ski area turn-off. It is surrounded by magnificent old growth forest with unlimited habitat easily within driving distance and mushrooms just outside your door. But there is no need to drive anywhere with plenty of forest to explore within walking distance of the lodge.

The cost of the event is $195/person for PSMS Members. For members of other Mushroom organizations, the cost is $196. The package includes two nights’ accommodations and 5 meals, engaging evening presentations, access to a wide range of workshops, and identification of mushrooms that you have found on your own foray. There are no guides provided this year. 

Friday evening presenters will be the extraordinarily gifted mycologist Noah Siegel presenting “A Season of Fungi” and fungal culinary artist and author Chad Hyatt presenting “The Mushroom Hunters Kitchen”. * (See attachment for full descriptions and bios)

Saturday night’s presenters will be from PSMS’s own ranks: The globe-trotting myco-adventurer and PSMS vice president, Daniel Winkler will present “The Lesser Known PNW Edibles”, followed by the mushroom expert, Alpental explorer and PSMS education chair, Danny Miller will give a lecture on “DNA Sequencing for Dummies”. ** (See attachment for full descriptions and bios)
We are excited to offer a wide range of informative ‘hands-on’ workshops. Advanced registration is required so sign up online. Workshops take place Saturday afternoon. Below is a list of this year’s awesome workshops.
  • Mushroom dye workshop:  conducted by Marion Richards.
    • This workshop has a $35 registration fee which includes 1 silk scarf and yarn samples.  Marion asks if you have ever looked at a mushroom while out foraging and wondered “what color it might produce”? Every color of the rainbow can be achieved with some finesse using mushrooms and lichen. Each participant will receive a silk scarf to dye during the class, as well as a sample card that he/she will create from yarn dyed during the demonstration. Additional scarves can be purchased at the workshop for $10. Limit 20 people, we must have at least 10 to   have the class.
  • Mushroom photography workshop: held by Paul Hill.
    • This two-part workshop will ‘focus’ on shooting fungi both in the field and in the studio. There is a $15 fee to register for this workshop. Paul Hill’s interest in photography began long ago with having purchased his first camera at 13. He has been mushrooming for over 12 years and enjoys the challenges that photographing mushrooms brings. They can be found throughout the year and make an ideal subject for nature photography. So, grab your camera, head out into the woods and take some great photos with Paul. Limit 10 participants, we must have at least 5 people to hold this class.
  • Mushroom cultivation workshop:  conducted by Milt Tam.
    • This  will give participants the chance to make their own oyster mushroom grow-kits to take home. A $5 registration fee includes 1 mushroom kit. A limited number of additional kits will be available for purchase at the workshop for $5 each. This is a drop-in workshop so folks can register for the other workshops and still have time to make a mushroom kit or two. Each kit takes about 10 minutes to produce. Milton Tam, is a former PSMS vice president, active board member and PSMS cultivation chair. He will be there to guide you through his unique non-sterile process.
  • Mushroom Cooking Class: by Chef Hyatt
    • will give cooks the opportunity to work with a master chef creating unique preparations to add to your quiver of recipes. This workshop offers you the rare opportunity to explore creative and unusual mushroom preparations. Open to all levels of cooking experience. Registration fee for this class is $20, limited to 20 participants. We must have at least 10 people to have this class. 
  • Microscopy workshop: leader will be Shannon Adams
    • Shannon is a long-time PSMS volunteer and board member. Her focus is on the Cortinarius genus. She is an expert in microscopy who will introduce you to the fascinating world seen by the microscope’s eye and its use as a tool in identification. No prior experience is necessary. Limited to 10 participants, fee is $20. We must have at least 5 participants to have this class. 
The event will wrap-up Sunday morning with a walk through and discussion of the specimens gathered during the foray by our team of expert identifiers, Danny Miller, Daniel Winkler, and Noah Siegel.

Accommodations are dormitory style with separate rooms for women and men. There are typically 3 adults per room. If you have a special request to share a room with another individual please include their name on your registration in the notes section. Though we can’t guarantee that your specific requests can be accommodated, we should be able to group couples or friends wanting to share a room if they are all the same sex. Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities for couples or friends wanting to share a room that are of the opposite sex. Bathroom facilities are segregated into separate women’s and men’s facilities.
There are R.V. and camping spaces available, but no R.V. hook-up services. You are welcome to camp or bring your R.V., however there is no reduction in registration fee. Please make a note of your intentions in the comments section when you register.

ALL attendees (all ages) must pay the full registration fee and be a current PSMS member with up to date dues. Sorry no unexpected visitors and no pets, except certified service animals.

There are also available a few rustic A-frame cabins for groups that want to room together and I mean RUSTIC (no heat)!!. These cabins have 6 bunk beds with outdoor plumbing a short walk away. There is no extra charge for cabin rental.

Bring your own bedding, sheets, blankets, pillows, sleeping bag, towels, and other personal items to make yourself cozy and comfortable. There are no nearby services so bring what you need with you. Don’t forget a flashlight (it gets very dark out there at night), rain gear and mushroom gathering paraphernalia.
Meals will be served in the main lodge, and will include Friday evening dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. A sack lunch will be provided for those going off-site all Saturday on their own forays. Sunday breakfast will be served before checkout. There are refrigerators and kitchens available for those with special dietary needs or for those who just want to cook their own meals. 

There is no vegetarian option or other dietary accommodation provided this year and there is no reduction in price for those bringing their own food. 

Check in begins at 3:00 pm on Friday October 18 and checkout is at 11:00 am Sunday morning October 20. You must be out of your room by 11:00 am but you may linger on the property to forage for the remainder of Sunday.
This year is shaping up nicely with all this summer rain and I expect a stellar season. Don’t miss out on this amazing event. Save the date and register early, space is limited to only 100 foragers. We look forward to seeing you there.
Ben Woo Foray chair folks:
Location: Black Diamond Camp at Rainier
67404 State Route 410 East
Enumclaw, WA 98022

There are currently 41 spots remaining out of 115

Ben Woo Memorial Foray Oct 18-20, 2019 information and sign-up

This foray is open to PSMS members at this time.
For questions:
James Nowak: 206-354-9015
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Luise Asif: 206-365-6741

Broken Image Ticket Sales - Sat Oct 26th PSMS Annual Wild Mushroom Show

Tickets will also be available at the door for purchase.


SATURDAY October 26, 2019 from 12pm - 6pm
Guarantee your entry!!
Purchase tickets ahead of time for the Annual Wild Mushroom Show!

All Adults - $10.00 per person
Full time Students - $ 5.00 per person (please present student ID)
Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

Location: North Seattle College
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Registration ends on October 23, 2019

Broken Image Ticket Sales - Sun Oct 27 PSMS 54th Annual Wild Mushroom Show

Tickets will be also available at the door for purchase. 


SUNDAY October 27th, 2019 from 10am - 5pm.

Purchase tickets ahead of time for the Annual Wild Mushroom Show!
All Adults - $10.00 per person
Full time Students - $ 5.00 per person (please present student ID)
Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.                  

Location: North Seattle College
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Registration ends on October 23, 2019

Volunteer for Wild Mushroom Show Oct. 25-27, 2019
10/25/19 - 10/27/19

PSMS Members:

Once again we rally to put on one of the largest mushroom shows in the U.S.! We call upon our members and ask them to volunteer a few hours to help at the annual show. Remember we are an all volunteer organization and all help, even for an hour or two is appreciated and welcomed!
This show is part of our mission to educate the public and raise funds to support our organization.

To volunteer for multiple days, choose your first day to volunteer with your Committee and hour selections and then click on "Add another Attendee" at the end of the selection process, this will take you through the selections on the other day or days that you wish to volunteer.  Please remember to click on the button "Complete this registration" at the bottom of the page when you are finished!

NOTE:  Times may change very slightly as we get closer to the event. Attendees will be notified ahead of time if times are changed. 

Show Chairpersons are:

Derek Hevel
Milton Tam 
Kim Traverse

Location: North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Registration ends on October 23, 2019

Mushroom Identification 201a - Sat. Nov 9


This class will focus on the skills and concepts needed to learn to identify and classify mushrooms. It will be taught by Dr. Steve Trudell, PSMS scientific advisor and co-author of the popular guidebook "Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest".

Prerequisite: PSMS Introduction to Mushrooms 101 class, or equivalent class or experience. This class will not be suitable for the absolute beginner. For instance, if you understand the difference between mycorrhizal and saprophytic mushrooms, and understand how spore print color and gill attachment are important characters for identifying a mushroom, you are probably ready for this class.

This class continues the education begun in our beginner class, Introduction to Mushrooms and Mushroom Hunting 101, which gives an introduction to all aspects of mushrooms including ecology, hunting, identifying, cooking and cultivating. The present class will begin a focus on identifying.

The class will be held all day Saturday November 9, from 10am to 5pm at UW's Center for Urban Horticulture in the Douglas Classroom.

The fee for this class is $50.00.

Please bring a pack lunch for the day. Snacks, coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Please bring any mushrooms you can find to class with you.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration cancellation fee is $10 if cancelled more than 7 days prior to class date. There is no refund if cancellation is 7 days or less. Online payments only.
Location: Douglas Classroom UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98195

There are currently 15 spots remaining out of 42

Waiting list for PSMS Navigation class

PSMS Forest Navigation Class - for sometime in 2020

Most PSMS members know that the club organizes 4-7 field trips every Spring and again every Fall.  Some of these are single Saturday trips and others are multi day.  On each Saturday of each trip we have experienced members volunteering as guides to take primarily new members mushroom hunting.  The guides know most of the commonly found mushrooms, but more importantly than that, they know how to get you safely back out of the woods to your starting point.  Each of them has had some navigation training, and in fact this training is a requirement for becoming a guide.  We have just filled our 2 navigation classes for August 2019.  We will likely have another class in 2020, but wanted to gauge the level of interest among PSMS members in this class. The class content is listed below:

Content:  We will focus on the use of compass and GPS (Global Positioning System) to teach you how to be always able to return to your starting point.  To accomplish this we will cover:

  • basic compass use
  • how to use a compass to follow a bearing and a reverse bearing
  • how to use waypoints on a GPS
  • how to navigate to waypoints?
  • the comparative advantages and disadvantages of GPS vs compass
  • navigational techniques not based on either the GPS or compass


  • average fitness
  • the ability to walk off trail, possibly through thick brush
  • a compass (if you don’t want to own one, you should not take this class)
  • a stand alone GPS or a smart phone GPS application (I use GAIA, and there is a free version, but there are other choices also)
  • a willingness to read the instructions and practice with the GPS/app before class

Location:  We will meet at a location on the west side of the Cascades. 

NOTE: The date given for this event is a placeholder only, since a date has not been set for this class. 

Location: TBD

Registration is Full for this event