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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2021 PSMS Virtual Mushroom Maynia! Sunday May 2nd


We are excited to present our annual spring show, Mushroom Maynia! Tickets ($5) are available by clicking the link below.

 

This virtual Zoom event will include presentations on:
- Morels and other interesting spring mushrooms
- Mushroom families and other broad groups
- Washington's National Forests
- Using mapping tools like Gaia GPS
- Identification
- Tips for using iNaturalist tracking and exploring mushrooms and other wildlife
- A review of some of our favorite mushroom books
- Demonstrations on growing mushrooms at home
- A look at fungi under the microscope
- Buy your own Mushroom Cultivation Kit (Oyster, Shiitake, or a Lion's Mane kit) prior to this event!

For more information and to purchase a ticket, please click here: https://mms.psms.org/members/evr/regmenu.php?orgcode=PSMS

Remember that you can sign up to communicate with other PSMS members on our message board in the Member's area of our website!

General Meetings are virtual at this time and speakers are listed on the right hand side of this page. The link to access the general meetings will be posted in the description of the speaker on the right hand side of this page.

All Field trips and the free Public ID Clinics are postponed until Fall of 2021 due to Covid19 safety concerns.

Our recent election has concluded. We welcome our newly elected members to the PSMS Board! Your current board members are listed on page 2 of all Sporeprints issue.

We hope that you are all staying healthy and safe in this time.

Your PSMS Board of Trustees

For more information regarding public lands closures during this time, please use the links below:

WTA

State Parks

Mountaineers

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!

Check out the PSMS Blog!

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Virtual Monthly Meeting

Jess Starwood - Mushroom Wanderland: Capturing the Magic of Fungi Through the Lens

Click here to join this virtual ZOOM meeting. We will begin at around 7PM. The lecture begins around 7:30PM PST. Hope to see you all there!

We will explore the alluring world of fungi as seen through the creative lens, no matter what type of camera you have. Forager, author and photographer Jess Starwood will share tips and tricks to capture their ephemeral beauty, just in time for the mushrooms of summer. We'll even talk a little bit about photographing and styling with mushrooms on the plate once we get them into the kitchen.

Jess Starwood is a nomadic herbalist, forager and chef who educates the community about wild food, herbal medicine and our natural connection to the land through what we eat. She has a Master's of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and is the author of the upcoming Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager's Guide to Finding, Identifying and Using 25 Wild Fungi available August 17, 2021 from Countryman Press. www.jstarwood.com