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.

Amateurs - Identify Your Mushrooms

When: TUESDAY (changed from the usual Monday), July 12, 7:30 pm
(bring mushrooms at 7:00 for identification)

Where: Plant Society House*

Our July meeting on Tuesday the 12th will feature CMS members at 6 tables teaching and demonstrating techniques to help you Identify Your Mushrooms.
1. COLL ECTING mushrooms in the field.
What are the best techniques and tools to use in the field when you find a mushroom?

2. PHOTOGRAPHING your mushrooms
How do you arrange your mushrooms and then take the picture? ( both in situ and off site).

How do you make fresh spore prints, especially of gilled mushrooms? Why do it? How do you keep the print intact?

Why is it important to record habitats?... and what do you note about the habitat? How do you identify native trees?

What are the important features to record? What are some mycological terms to use? What helpful books and websites are available?

How do we dry specimens carefully for future studies, especially genetic studies?


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).

*Plant Society House - go in the main gate, walk way back past the greenhouses which are on your right; turn right past the greenhouses, then turn left and it is the small building straight ahead.

Next foray:

Full Schedule

PHOTO CONTEST 2015 RESULTS - click on photos for higher resolution file. Click back button to return to this page.

First Prize - Wendy Dinkins
  First Prize - Greg Sanchez

First Prize - Vicki Saxe

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Second Prize - Ran Tao
  Second Prize - Bruce Tohill
  Second Prize - Greg Sanchez
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Third Prize - Desiree Hinz
  Third Prize - Bruce Tohill
  Third Prize - Fred Fisher
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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.