Welcome to PSMS!

We are an organization that encourages the research, education, cultivation, hunting, identification and the cooking of mushrooms. With over 1,200 members, PSMS
is one of the largest mycological societies in the country.

We share our knowledge about mushrooms through meetings, classes, workshops and field trips.

Please join us at a meeting or become a member today!

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Latest PSMS News

Fall 2022 "Hildegard Hendrickson ID Clinics" at CUH are done for the season!

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped out. See you in the spring!

PSMS Inclusivity Statement

For over fifty years, the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) has nurtured collaboration amongst its members for an understanding and appreciation of the wide diversity of mushroom species in the Pacific Northwest. We also depend on a diverse membership to support our mission to foster the understanding and appreciation of mycology as a hobby and a science. In recent months, as systematic inequality in U.S. society is revealed to a broader audience, it becomes clearer that inequality imposes barriers on marginalized groups to participation in a wide variety of activities. PSMS opposes all barriers that limit participation in mycology. PSMS and its board members support a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming organization where all people, especially those who are underrepresented in our organization and society at large, can enjoy mushrooms and all of the activities associated with them. We realize this will be an on-going conversation and are looking to our members for suggestions on ways to increase diversity, inclusivity, and welcoming. Thank you as we join together to make this long-overdue journey toward systemic equality!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 - 7:30pm

Monthly Meeting - Holiday Gathering

The December 13th, 2022 General Meeting will be 'in-person-only' (no ZOOM) at the Center for Urban Horticulture. We will start letting members in at about 7:00 pm.

This year the Board is going to host the event with purchased trays of finger food items, wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks. No 'potluck' of either food or wine/beer. To physically spread things out, we will be renting the atrium and patio area in addition to the meeting hall. This will be similar to the June event which was a huge success, providing our membership an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other. We have also invited our favorite bar tenders back who really did an outstanding job for us at our June gathering.

For those of you looking for Holiday gifts, we are having a Silent Auction which will feature 'Mushroom' related collectables, books, kitchen items, vintage jewelry, etc., primarily from the collection of our former president, Patrice Benson. The proceeds of this auction will be applied to our Ben Woo and K-12 scholarship funds which support students in the study of fungi in the Pacific Northwest. Patrice would have appreciated this, as mushrooms and PSMS were her passion. We will also have new and popular mushroom themed items available for purchase.

This event will be for members only. There will be a charge of $5.00 per person, with signups beginning December 1. Click on EVENTS at the top of the page, and scroll down to find this event. The event will be restricted to 150 people and advanced registration is required, so sign up early. This will be a fun event, so please attend!!!

Thank You to Brenda Fong, Luise Asif, Marian Maxwell and all of our Board Members for helping to plan and carry out this event !!!!