Northern California Mycological Societies

Mycological Society of San Francisco

The Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF) was founded in 1950 to promote the understanding and enjoyment of fungi. Its mission has since expanded to the preservation of mycological habitats, and to promoting and maintaining the rights of the general public to collect mushrooms for study and recreational purposes on public lands.

The MSSF hosts a myriad of activities throughout the year. General meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May (the locally active mushroom season) at the Randall Museum in San Francisco. Each general meeting begins with mushroom identification, book sales, and cultivation activities, then features a guest speaker on a selected mycological topic.

Throughout the year, MSSF offers numerous camping forays and single-day mushroom walks. On occasion they conduct weekend mycological retreats with forays, culinary fare, identification, workshops, talks and slide presentations.

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Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz

The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz (FFSC) is made up of a collection of creative individuals who come together for the study and pursuit of wild mushrooms. The collective has members of many diverse interests: master gardeners, winemakers, chefs, beekeepers, chocolatiers, brewers, and of course, mycologists. Our goal is to make the science of amateur mycology interesting and enjoyable.

FFSC is all about keeping the "fun" in Fungus! The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz evolved as a result of David Arora’s mushroom classes and and early Fungus Fairs in the Santa Cruz area in the 1970’s. Incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1984, the FFSC took its name and structure using the “Federation of Planets” model.

FFSC gathers monthly from September through May and welcome the general public. Meetings include presentations by knowledgeable mycologists, informal mushroom identification and great refreshments.

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