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.


CMS Mushroom Fair

Sunday, September 6, 11 am to 5 pm

This is our big event of the year! Come see our local mushrooms identified and bring in yours for us to look at. Books & t-shirts for sale, educational exhibits.
Identifiers: Vera Evenson, author of Mushroom of the Rocky Mountains, and Dr Jack States (see below)

It will be in Mitchell Hall in the main building of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

CMS Members - help by coming on a foray Friday or Saturday, or collect on your own and bring collections to the Gardens midday Saturday. If you are not a DBG member, tell the gatekeeper you are dropping off specimens for the mushroom fair, and then do not linger in the Gardens if you are not paying the admission fee.


Monday September 7, 7:30

Presented by:Dr. Jack States    Location: MItchell Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens

Rocky Mountain Mushrooms: A genealogy roadshow

A native of Wyoming, Jack States was raised in a beekeeping family in Saratoga. He received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in botany from the Unviersity 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.

Dr. States is author of Mushrooms and Truffles of the Southwest. The American Southwest is not usually thought of as a habitat for mushrooms, yet its various life zones are home to a surprising number of fungi and related species. . The book's range is Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, and northern Mexico. It 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.


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).

Next foray:

Full Schedule

PHOTO CONTEST 2014 RESULTS - click on photos for higher resolution file. Click back button to return to this page.

First Prize - Frederick Fisher
Unknown puffball
  First Prize - Mike Godfrey

First Prize - Justin Robertson

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Second Prize - Karen Ryan
Chlorophyllum rachodes
  Second Prize - Mike Godfrey
  Second Prize - Frederick Fisher
Amanita muscaria
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Third Prize - Karen Ryan
Chlorophyllum rachodes
  Third Prize - Frederick Fisher
Sarcodon imbricatus
  Third Prize - Mike Godfrey
Market Stall
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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. There is no charge to get into the Botanic Gardens in the evening to attend a CMS meeting.

  • 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.