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As of April 1, 2014, some of these dates remain "in flux". When this notice is removed, the dates have been finalilzed.

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 there are both Saturday and Sunday forays again this year. 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.
Click here for an overview of where our forays are held throughout the 2013 season.

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 4
Princeton Institute Woods (formerly Princeton Water Works)
Terri Layton

Sunday,
June 8
Bob Peabody Wild Foods Foray and Picnic
Deer Path Park, Readington, NJ. Bring food to share and your own picnic gear.
Bob Peabody & Bob Hosh

Friday - Sunday,
June 20-22
NJMA Victor Gambino Weekend Foray
Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)
Registration required. See the March-April edition of NJMA News.

Saturday,
June 28
Lake Ocquittunk Family Camping Area,
Stokes State Forest
Jim Barg

Saturday,
July 12
Meadowood Park
(Morris County - west of Morristown)
Sharon Sterling

Sunday,
July 20
Holmdel County Park
(Monmouth County)
Bob Hosh

Sunday,
July 27
Wawayanda State Park
(Passaic County - north of West Milford)
Patricia McNaught

Saturday,
August 2
Stephens State Park
CANCELED due to threat of inclement weather
Jim Richards

Saturday,
August 16
Schiff Nature Preserve
(Morris County - near Mendham, west of Morristown)
Dorothy Smullen

Sunday,
August 24
Hoffman County Park
(Hunterdon County - north of Flemington)
igor Safonov

Saturday,
September 6
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Education Center (Monmouth County - Howell Township) Patricia McNaught

Sunday,
September 14
Washington Crossing State Park
(Mercer County - just north of Trenton)
Virginia Tomat

Saturday,
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,
September 28
FUNGUS FEST – Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Please collect and bring specimens for the ID tables on Saturday, Sept. 27, or on Sunday.
Terri Layton

Saturday,
October 4
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
(Morris County, off Route 15 northbound)
Jim Barg

Sunday,
October 5
Cheesequake State Park
(Middlesex County - near Matawan)
Nina Burghardt

Sunday,
October 12
Wells Mills County Park
(Ocean County near Forked River)
Luke Smithson

Saturday,
October 18
Jakes Branch County Park
(Ocean County - southwest of Toms River)
Lynn Hugerich

Sunday,
October 26
Brendan Byrne State Forest
(Burlington County - south of Pemberton)
John Burghardt

HEADS UP! Many places we foray have fees in season, carry-out garbage policies, open picnic areas, poison ivy; stinging or biting insects, rain, or other potential inconveniences for the over-expectant Nature isn’t your mom. Indiscriminately, it drops trees, caves in, produces lightning, bears, and snakes, and turns from sunny to cold or from familiar to where the heck am I? Be prepared - but don’t forget to have a good day in the woods!


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.