The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to
advance the understanding of, and to stimulate interest in, the field of mycology.

A Historical Perspective on Two Centuries of Mycological Activity in the United States

Presented by: Dr. Scott Bates

When: Monday, May 9, 7pm

Where: Gates Hall in the main building of the Denver Botanic Gardens

Dr. Scott Bates ( is an Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Purdue University Northwest, and has served as a consultant on data portal (Mycoportal) management for the NSF funded Fungal Collection Consortium programs since 2012. He has a diverse research background, working generally in molecular microbial ecology and fungal taxonomy.

Scott is well-known to many of us, coming to Colorado from Arizona as a Postdoctoral researcher at CIRES CU Boulder a few years ago. He currently serves as an Adjunct Researcher in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at DBG. Scott gives wonderful presentations about the “BIG Picture” in Mycology and is also so approachable as a personable lecturer. He is a gifted teacher, a specialist in the gasteroid fungi (puffballs and relatives) and has played a large role in helping to develop the MycoPortal in which nearly 20,000 Sam Mitchel Herbarium’s collections are digitally available to researchers and citizen scientists world-wide.


NOTE: Special Event. Open House at the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

CMS members are invited to attend The Denver Botanic Garden's Open House at the Fungi Herbarium. Meet at Gates Hall on May 9 at 6:30pm, before the regular CMS meeting begins. The Open House will run through until 7:15 pm so you can attend also the presentation by Dr Bates.

Denver Botanic Gardens recently completed installing many new storage cabinets to allow the Herbarium collections room to grow. The Fungi Herbarium staff and volunteers have put in a lot of effort to reorganize and move the collection into the new storage space. If you have ever wondered what goes on in a working fungi herbarium, and behind the scenes in the scientific research parts of DBG, this is your opportunity to find out. Come join us and celebrate the hard work that went into this move.


Although CMS meetings are open to the public, non-CMS members will now be required to pay the Denver Botanic Gardens entrance fee (adults, $12.50). Current CMS members will not need to pay to enter the Gardens (In the future, you may possibly be asked to show your CMS membership card or say that you're a current member of CMS when entering the Gardens for a CMS meeting).

Next foray:

Full Schedule

PHOTO CONTEST 2015 RESULTS - click on photos for higher resolution file. Click back button to return to this page.

First Prize - Wendy Dinkins
Polyozellus multiplex
  First Prize - Greg Sanchez

First Prize - Vicki Saxe
Agaricus sp.

artistic first   documentary first   anything goes first
Second Prize - Ran Tao
puff ball
  Second Prize - Bruce Tohill
Coprinus comatus
  Second Prize - Greg Sanchez
artistic second   documentary second   anything goes second
Third Prize - Desiree Hinz
  Third Prize - Bruce Tohill
  Third Prize - Fred Fisher
Aberts squirrel with mushroom
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CMS Meetings:

  • Meetings are held on the second Monday night of each month, from March through October, at 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00. This year we are back at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street (Map). The meetings are in Mitchell Hall.

  • 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 knowledgeable members

  • Visitors & members are encouraged to bring the mushrooms they find to the meetings.

  • Knowledgeable members will be happy to help you identify the mushrooms you have found.

A Call for Volunteers for CMS — The Colorado Mycological Society depends on volunteers from the membership to deliver its services to the general membership. Many, if not most, of the volunteer positions do not require extensive knowledge of mycology. What they do require is enthusiasm and a willingness to devote a few hours each month to the position.

Although most of the committees currently have chairpersons assigned to them, there are still a few that require a chairperson. If you would like to volunteer for one of these "open" committee positions, contact Karen Ryan by phone at 303-355-5966 or by email).

If you would like to serve on a committee that is currently chaired or obtain more information about the activities of the committee, contact the chairperson directly.