About Us / Members

Ed Hackie holds one of the prize finds from the 2016 Forks Foray

The Olympic Peninsula Mycological Society (OPMS) is a nonprofit  volunteer organization dedicated to learning about and enjoying wild mushrooms. It was originally founded in 1977 as the Jefferson County Mycological Society.

Now most members are from Jefferson and Clallam counties in Washington State, from Brinnon to Joyce,  with the highest concentration of membership from Sequim. The society is open to anyone.

OPMS holds six meetings during the year (March, April, May, September, October, November) to share knowledge of mycology. The meetings include hands-on identification of specimens that members bring to the meeting and discussions of current harvesting opportunities. Guest speakers are often invited to present a program of interest about mushrooms. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month  from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, Sequim, WA 98382. Pot luck dishes welcome!

In addition to the six meetings, we conduct at least two non-local forays for wild mushrooms for its members each year. In the spring we go high into the Cascade Mountains in search of morels and other spring mushrooms. A second foray is in the fall to the Forks area for chanterelles, boletes and matsutake.


Current Board Members – 2018:

John Bornsworth, President
Ulia Cummings
Martin Muschinske
Michael McComb

 

Past Board Members – 2017:

Sue Chasen, President
Ed Hackie, Vice President
Martin Muschinske, Secretary, Website
Esther “Daisy” Holzman, Treasurer

 

Myco Mentors:

Ray Harker
Dick Sieger
Roger McGinnis
Martin Muschinske