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NJMA Forays
Forays are a great learning experience for amateurs and professionals alike. These "hands-on" forays with "experts" are the best ways to learn how to identify fungi and to learn about the environs in which they grow. Please read (and follow) our Foray Guidelines for information about our forays and how to collect mushrooms for identification. Also read the Heads Up near the bottom of this page.

All forays are held RAIN or SHINE! All forays begin at 10:00 AM. If ever you have a doubt about whether a foray will take place (most usually in cases of extreme weather), call the NJMA Events Hotline at 908-227-0872. (Please only use this number in cases of impending VERY inclement weather...it is a private cell phone number otherwise!) We make an effort to notify the members who are on our email list of changes and cancellations should the need occur. As a matter of course, please check your email before you leave your home to head for a foray.

Also note that most of this year's forays are on Sundays, but there are a few on Saturdays as wellr. We have indicated the day next to the date.

Most NJMA forays are free and do not require registration (except where noted as "Registration required"). If you are not a member of NJMA and wish to attend our forays, please be advised that insurance regulations prevent us from serving food to non-members (if food is being served). You can always join NJMA "on the spot" if you wish to partake in events where food is served. Just ask for, and fill out, a membership application at the foray.

Click here for directions to foray locations.

Download the long-form (by foray) PDF (printable version) of our 2011 foray finds
Download the long-form (by foray) PDF (printable version) of our 2010 foray finds
Download a PDF (printable version) of our 2007 foray finds.
Or, click to view a web version of our 2007 foray finds (best for on-screen viewing).

DATE
LOCATION
LEADER / CONTACT
Sunday,
May 3
Princeton Institute Woods (formerly Princeton Water Works)
Virginia Tomat

Sunday,
June 14
Bob Peabody Wild Foods Foray and Picnic
Deer Path Park, Readington, NJ. Bring food to share and your own picnic gear.
Sharon Sterling

Sunday,
June 21
Lake Ocquittunk Family Camping Area,
Stokes State Forest
Jim Barg

Sunday,
June 28
Holmdel County Park
(Monmouth County)
Randy Hemminghaus

Sunday,
July 12
Horseshoe Bend Park
Kingwood (Hunterdon County)
(Will be followed up by in-depth identification
with microscopes and chemicals)
Nina Burghardt

Saturday,
July 18
Meadowood Park
(Morris County near Morristown)
Dorothy Smullen

Sunday,
July 26
Tourne Park
(Boonton, Morris County)
Mike Rubin

Saturday,
August 8
Hoffman County Park
(Hunterdon County - north of Flemington)
igor Safonov

Sunday,
August 16
Cheesequake State Park
(Middlesex County - near Matawan)
Bob Hosh

Saturday,
August 22
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Education Center (Monmouth County - Howell Township)
(Will be followed up by in-depth identification
with microscopes and chemicals)
TBA

Sunday,
August 30
Stephens State Park
(Warren County near Hackettstown)
Jim Richards

Sunday,
September 13
Wawayanda State Park
(Passaic County, just north of West Milford)
TBA

Sunday,
September 20
Stokes State Forest –
Grete Turchick Foray & Picnic
Bring food to share and your own picnic gear.
(Sussex County - northwest of Newton)
Jim Barg

Sunday,
October 4
Jakes Branch County Park
(Ocean County - southwest of Toms River)
TBA

Sunday,
October 18
Wells Mills County Park
(Ocean County near Forked River)
(Will be followed up by in-depth identification
with microscopes and chemicals)
Luke Smithson

Sunday,
October 25
Brendan Byrne State Forest
(Burlington County - south of Pemberton)
Igor Safonov

Sunday,
November 1
FUNGUS FEST – Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Please collect and bring specimens for the ID tables on Saturday, Sept. 27, or on Sunday.
Liz Broderick

Sunday,
November 8
Belleplain State Forest
(Cape May / Cumberland Counties,
near Woodbine)
TBA

SPECIAL NOTE ON PICNICS AT DEER PATH PARK AND STOKES
Write clearly the ingredients of your dish, including what oils, spices, etc. on a card, which goes next to your dish. Provide appropriate serving utensil(s). Take your own place setting, setz-pad, bowl, cup, and any tablecloth, cushion, or other amenities you want. A grill will be provided.