The Colorado Mycological Society is about people with
such diverse interests as socializing, hiking, nature
study, photography, and edible wild foods. These people, however,
have a common focus which is an interest in learning more about
- The Colorado Mycological Society is a nonprofit corporation established
in 1967 to advance the understanding of, and to stimulate interest
in, the field of mycology.
- CMS members collect mushroom specimens for identification,
preservation, and study as well as for the "pot".
- CMS is affiliated with the North American
Mycological Association [NAMA].
- CMS provides consulting services
to the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Rocky Mountain Poison
Center, County agents and others.
CMS activities are varied:
- Monthly Meetings — CMS meets once a
month from March through October. Meetings are held on the second
Monday night of each month. CMS meetings provide an informal
opportunity to socialize and exchange information with others
interested in mycology. Each meeting features a lecture and/or
slide presentation on mycology or a related subject. Speakers
include nationally known mycologists, outside specialists and
- Newsletter — CMS publishes SPORES
Afield, a nationally recognized mycological newsletter
containing news from across the state and around the nation.
- Annual Fair — CMS holds a Wild Mushroom Fair each year
in August at the Denver Botanic Gardens to educate the general
public and club members about wild mushrooms. August is the height
of the mushroom season in Colorado, and members from around the
state bring in a large variety of mushrooms for identification
and display. The fair is open to the general public on a Sunday.
It is a great time to learn more about mushrooms.
- Forays — Periodically during the Colorado
mushroom season knowledgeable CMS members lead mushroom forays
(outings) to different locations around the state. We collect
and study all kinds of mushrooms on these forays which are normally
held on Saturday or Sunday. We leave in the morning and are usually
back by mid-afternoon. You must be a member of CMS to attend
our forays. Forays are probably the best way to learn to recognize
different kinds of Colorado wild mushrooms. They are also a good
way to meet interesting people.
- Reference Library — CMS offers free
use of its mycology reference library to CMS members. You can
check out field guides and other books at no charge. We also
offer a variety of new books and tee shirts for sale at each
- Classes — CMS periodically offers classes
in beginning mushroom identification for members and the general
public. We also sponsor classes on growing edible mushrooms and
Officers and committee
chairs are selected from the CMS membership. Annually
the membership elect fellow members to serve as a Board of Directors
for the organization. Members also support the organization as volunteers
in such areas as membership, book sales, refreshments, and so on.
Members are also encouraged to provide support when it's time for
the annual fair.
CMS is governed by a set of Bylaws which
all members are encouraged to review periodically.
Contributions to CMS are not deductible for federal income tax
purposes as charitable contributions.