When: Sunday, August 21, 11 am - 5 pm
Where:Mitchell Hall in the main building at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Admission free with paid admission to the Gardens
This is our main event of the year. Our guest identifier is Dr. Jack States (see bio below).
We need help! Members, please collect mushrooms Friday and Saturday and bring them to the Gardens midday on Saturday for identification. Attend a foray or collect on your own. Visitors - bring in mushrooms to the fair.
- Bring in mushrooms for identification
- Fresh local mushrooms on display
- Educational exhibits
- Mushrooms books and T-shirts for sale
- Kiddie Korner for children
Molds, Mushrooms, & Truffles: Chameleons of the food world by Dr. Jack States
The benefits of fungi to human life are seemingly boundless. Through the ages the science of mycology has discovered and advanced many of their important roles in food, forestry, agriculture, and medicine. But perhaps there is for even the most common Rocky Mountain mold, mushroom, and truffle, a darker side- a danger, a threat, a predisposition for betrayal hidden in an apparently beneficial profile. Indeed, the unimaginable versatility with which fungi carry out their various roles in nature has prompted me to characterize them as a "mutable and treacherous tribe". Selected local mycological villains and victors will be discussed and illustrated.
Dr. States is author of Mushrooms and Truffles of the Southwest Dr. States' book covers Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, and northern Mexico and is designed to help fungiphiles not only identify mushrooms but also find them. The author describes the life zones where fungi can be found in association with characteristic plant communities and provides maps--with major landmarks indicated--designating conifer forests on public land where mushrooms are most often found. Dr. received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in botany from the University of Wyoming and worked as a recreation specialist for the U.S. Forest Service and as a seasonal ranger in Grand Teton National Park while in school. After earning a doctorate in botany from the University of Alberta, States taught for twenty-five years at Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff before retiring in 1995.
Although CMS meetings are open to the public, non-CMS members may now be required to pay the Denver Botanic Gardens entrance fee (adults, $12.50). Tell the gatekeeper you are going to a meeting. 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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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.
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
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.