The Colorado Mycological Society

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Colorado Mycological Society
PO Box 9621
Denver, CO 80206

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The Colorado Mycological Society

Stalking The Wild Mushroom

About Us

The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur and citizen mycologists with over 300 active members in Colorado. We are devoted to the promotion of scientific, educational, culinary, health and  artistic activities related to fungi.

Our Main focus:

  • We aim to encourage the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity.
  • Our goal is to advocate the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorse the responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.

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Mission Statement

The mission of our society is to promote the study and appreciation of mycology. We discover, photograph, identify, collect and preserve mushrooms. We savor those that are edible and cherish those that are not.

We are dedicated to protecting mycological habitats as we enjoy nature’s bounty. We wish to share our knowledge and experiences through education, expanding the understanding of our science. All the while, we strive to keep the fun in fungi.

Our History

The spark that started CMS was struck in the mind of Dr. Sam Mitchel. Dr. Mitchel was a prominent Denver physician who would spend some time in Central City in the summers treating the opera stars that sang there. Across the street was a store owned by the mother of Rosa-Lee Brace. Their conversation often turned to the gorgeous mushrooms they found on walks in the forest, which prompted Sam’s interest in finding out more. At the Natural History Museum in Denver, there was no mushroom collection, so in 1964 he formed a small group of people with some background in science to become a study group. They called themselves the Colorado Mycological Society…

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Society & Non-profit Information


The Colorado Mycological Society is continually looking forward to progressively manage our community in better ways. Please check our Bylaws and communiy guidelines


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CMS government rules

We follow a defined set of  structural protocols to manage the governmental operations of our society. Please take a look at our governmental  rules and regulations to know more.


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Funding & Transparency

We aim to be fully transparent in our funding and business operations. Please view our annual funding and expenditure reports at the following link:


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