Welcome to the Missouri Mycological Society
The purpose of the Missouri Mycological Society is to foster and expand the understanding of mushrooming. It promotes the hunting and identification of wild mushrooms and provides opportunities to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge. As a member, you are in touch with a network of other mushroom scouts and aficionados. Together we can enhance our learning and collections.
MOMS was started in 1987. It is one of about 100 such amateur mushroom clubs affiliated with the North American Mycological Association. Their website is namyco.org.
We have grown over the years from a small club representing mostly the St. Louis area to one with over 250 family memberships. Our headquarters is in St. Louis but we now have chapters in the Columbia-Jefferson City area (Mid-Mo), Springfield, Kansas City, and the southeastern Missouri area (SEMO).
Mushrooming is Mushrooming
Interest in mycology is growing for a number of reasons - nouvelle cuisine, environmental awareness, Euell Gibbons, the emergence of the popular Audubon and Petersen field guides in the 1980s, and your interest right now, to name a few.
Perhaps you’ve tasted your first morel and just have to find your own. Or you’ve taken an autumn walk and been amazed at the abundance of fungi and want to know more. Or you just have to know if the "toadstool" in your yard is deadly or delicious. MOMS is a great way to get started in this lifetime quest for knowledge. You’ll get the support you need to get started mushrooming safely. Just download and fill out a MOMS Membership Application.
As a member, you will receive a subscription to our society's newsletter, the Earthstar Examiner. In it are recipes, resources, articles, mycological news and announcements of upcoming events and forays.
Forays and Events
Forays are a major activity of the Society. We meet in a selected natural area, spend an hour or two collecting fungi, then gather around and try to put names on them - maybe eat some. It is a great way to get to know mushrooms. Attendance is in no way mandatory. In February we have our Annual Winter Luncheon. We get together and have a mushroom and wild foods feast, a guest speaker, and lots of fungal fun.
Each fall is our Annual Missouri State Foray. For an entire weekend, we forage, learn from professionals, sample a few wild mushrooms, eat wonderful meals and relax with friends. Other activities include advanced workshops and special forays for morels and chanterelles. Additional activities are always in the works.
Education and Research
With our base at Tyson Research Center, an outpost of Washington University, members of MOMS Education and Research Committee collect and document voucher specimens that are assembled and housed at the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden. This activity enables MOMS to accumulate accurate information on area fungi. To expand awareness of mycology, routine mushroom identification classes are conducted, along with other events, for beginner and advanced mushroomers alike.
For more information
Email Sonja Pelli, President. And while you're here,
check out the rest of MOMS' website.