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.

Rocky Mountain Mushrooms in their Native Habitats

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Cripps

When: Monday, June 13, 7pm

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

Mushrooms often seem to appear spontaneously without rhyme or reason. But nothing could be further from the truth. Mushrooms are arranged in nature and we can use these predicable patterns to help us find them and know them. This Myco-tour is intended to be like a walk up the Rocky Mountains starting in the wide open prairies, moving up through cottonwoods along rivers, towards golden aspen forests, up through tiers of conifer woods, over burned areas, around snowbanks, to the glorious alpine with its miniature wildflowers. Along the way, we will see sought after edible mushrooms as well as special fungi in their natural habitats through color photos. This ecology-centered approach places each mushroom where it belongs among surrounding flora and fauna, and shows us how fungi interact with the living world.

Cathy Cripps is a mycologist and associate professor at Montana State University where she teaches and does research on macrofungi in high elevation habitats. She studied with well-known mycologist Orson K. Miller, Jr. for her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. She has over 40 years of experience collecting Rocky Mountain fungi, first as an amateur when she lived in a small cabin in Colorado and later as a professional leading forays and teaching field classes in Montana. Her most recent book “The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat” with co-authors Vera S. Evenson and Michael Kuo is the inspiration for this talk. Cathy appreciates being able to share her love and enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountains and all of its fungal creatures with her special Colorado friends.


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).

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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.

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Second Prize - Ran Tao
puff ball
  Second Prize - Bruce Tohill
Coprinus comatus
  Second Prize - Greg Sanchez
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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.