A wild mushroom “field trip, hunt, foray, walk, tour” or whatever one calls it, is not:
A guarantee, by the leader or host, that mushrooms will be found!
It is also not:
An effort to gather an abundance of any species, beyond one’s personal needs.
It should be:
Considered a visit to an environment which is expected to produce mushrooms in the proper season, which provides an opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat, and to learn to identify them by actual “hands-on” methods, with help form other members of the group, and references to appropriate keys and books.
It should also be:
An enjoyable social event and a time of good fellowship with people who share a common interest in a specific feature of the outdoors.
(Thanks to Ralph Hayford, Olympia, Wash., for passing this on. Mushroom the Journal)