2014 Foray Schedule

Forays are on weekends and start at 9:00 AM and run to around 2:00 PM.
Denver meeting place  leaves from SE parking lot (Stegosaurus) at Exit 259 (I–70/Morrison).
Boulder meeting place leaves from Safeway parking lot northeast side at Arapahoe and 28th.

Forays are field trips to different locations in the mountains to look for wild mushrooms. 

  • When — Most forays are on weekends and most start at 9:00 AM and run to around 2:00 PM.

  • Where — CMS has a new meeting place for forays. The good news is that it is in the same area as the old meeting place but usually is not so crowded.

    Future CMS forays, unless otherwise stated, will meet in the SE parking lot (Stegosaurus) at Exit 259 (I–70/Morrison).

    Coming from Denver on I-70, take Exit 259. At the end of the off ramp turn left (south, towards Red Rocks and Morrison) and pass under I–70. You will see the SE parking lot immediately on your left. We will always try to gather towards the rear of the parking lot.

  • To Join Our Forays — CMS conducts several day-trip forays each season for its members. However, guests of CMS members and others interested in learning about mushrooms and our myco-club may participate in a foray by paying a $10 fee — paid to the foray leader in cash (bring exact change0 or check (payable to "CMS"). Non-members may also join CMS and go on a foray by giving the foray leader a check made out to "CMS" for $25.00 per household.

  • Car-pooling Preferred — Please note that car-pooling from the meeting area to the foray location is strongly encouraged. It is often difficult to find a place where several cars can pull off the road together to foray. Carpooling is a good chance to meet and talk with other CMS members on a one-to-one basis. Try it, you'll like it!

  • Come prepared — Remember that you may be going for most of the day into the mountains. We usually get back by 2:00. Be prepared! Bring your lunch and drinking water. Bring clothing appropriate to the changing weather conditions in the mountains (i.e., rain gear, sweater, jacket, etc.). Wear sturdy footwear. See the left sidebar regarding equipment to bring for mushroom hunting.

  • Bring proof of membership — Be sure to bring your CMS membership card or a copy of SPORES Afield (with a mailing label addressed to the member) with you whenever you show up at a foray. Those without a card or other proof of membership or those who haven't paid the $5 non-member fee will not be allowed to come along.

  • Check in advance — It is always a good idea to check with the foray leader a few days prior to the foray for last minute changes.

Join a foray. You'll like it! Forays are fun. Forays are informative. Forays are educational. Forays are social. You'll learn about mushrooms on a foray.

Morel Foray Report (June 16, 2007) and Photos

Photos from 2005 foray to Pike National Forest

Some hints for beginning mushroomers (From Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming)


Foray Leaders' Toolkit

CMS Sign up and Release Form — Foray leaders: Make one or two copies prior to your foray. Everyone participating in the foray MUST read and sign the release form. After the foray turn in the form to the CMS Secretary at the next monthly meeting.

Talking Points for Foray Leaders — To be used by foray leaders when briefing with foray participants.

Guidelines for the Foray Leader — How to plan a foray

 

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