Foraging for mushrooms needs to be done with experts, especially if you're a novice. Wild mushrooms can be dangerous and even deadly. That's why I always recommend tagging along with my friends from the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.
Here's a list of walks and meetings with the club for the month of May 2015:
WALK: Saturday, May 2, 12:00-4:00 PM. Pine Ridge County Park, Indiana County. Morel Mushroom Walk (Joint with Indiana County Friends of the Parks). Meet Bob Sleigh at the Pine Ridge Lodge at noon. Bob will be giving a presentation on Morels and leading a walk. Morels are one of the most sought after and elusive mushrooms. Slides will illustrate Morels as well as poisonous look a likes. Proper cleaning, storing and cooking techniques will be covered. Pre-registration is required at 724-463-8636. The event is free.
WALK: Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. Harrison Hills Park, Allegheny County. Meet WPMC Identifier Joyce Gross at the Watts Overlook parking lot. It is located at the end of the road that bears to the left after the park entrance.
WALK: Sunday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Great Morel Quest II. Meet John Plischke III at McGuffey Community Park, Claysville (Washington County) to begin the quest for morels at multiple locations.
WALK: Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. Hartwood Acres. Meet Moni Wesner at the Mansion parking lot.
WALK: Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sycamore Island Spring Survey, Verona. Join WPMC Mycologist La Monte Yarroll and the Allegheny Land Trust for a species survey of Sycamore Island. The Allegheny Cleanways pontoon boat will be shuttling participants from the Verona Public Dock (located at 101 Arch Street) to the island, starting at 10:00 a.m. To register, email
or call 412-741-2750 x 207. There will be a collection to pay for the boat. (Last time it was $8 per person.)
MEETING: Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road. Topic: Mushroom Cultivation. WPMC Mycologist Jim Tunney and friends will show WPMC members how to grow their own Oyster Mushrooms. Bring your WPMC membership card and a clean plastic shopping bag. You must be a current WPMC member to receive a mushroom kit.
WALK: Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. Sewickley Heights Borough Park. Meet WPMC Identifier Fluff Berger to look for morels.
WALK: Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. Hartwood Acres. Meet WPMC member Jim Wilson at the Mansion parking lot.
Admission to all walks is free. For more information, email
or visit wpamushroomclub.org.