Santa Cruz Mycoflora Foray

  • Mission Springs Conference Grounds 1050 Lockhart Gulch Road Scotts Valley, CA, 95066 United States

After six years of work, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is finished! What better way to celebrate than with a foray in the southern stronghold of redwoods? Join us at the Mission Springs conference grounds in Scotts Valley this December 8th-11th for lectures, workshops, and of course, mushroom hunting!

Mid-December has been the most consistently productive time for mushroom variety and abundance in Santa Cruz in recent years. A good mix of fall species should overlap with early-winter groups like waxy caps and Entoloma, contributing to outstanding diversity.

Besides the authors (Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz) leading field trips and teaching tips and tricks for using their new reference book, this foray will feature a number of other stellar speakers, including Dr. Else Vellinga (California's premier mushroom taxonomist, expert on Lepiota and allies), Britt Bunyard (editor of Fungi Magazine and investigator of fungus-fly relationships), and Dr. Mike Castellano, world expert on truffles and other hypogeous fungi. 

Come learn about the many marvelous mushrooms of this spectacular bioregion - all of our findings will go towards a greater understanding of the fungi of California. In partnership with the Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project, we will make vouchered specimens for the UC Santa Cruz fungal herbarium and sequencing project.

Total cost is $285 including meals, lodging, and foray programs. There are a limited number of space for off-site attendee spaces for $150. This foray is likely to sell out, so make sure to register early!