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Every year, the Peck Foray unites lovers of mushrooms and other fungi for a weekend of collecting and identification. It's been hosted since 1954 by a different volunteer organizer each year. It's usually somewhere in New York.

The Peck Foray is open to all who are interested in fungi. Attendees traditionally include professors and their students, talented nonprofessional mycologists, and curious amateurs. There is typically no formal education program, only the joint collecting and sharing of interesting mushrooms and other fungi.

The Peck was developed years ago as a way for graduate and undergraduate students to practice their fungal identification skills. This thing is run by professors, so it has a pedagogical slant: we hope you'll WORK on your finds and learn by discussing them. This focus on students also means we try to keep the foray inexpensive to encourage student participation, and, depending on the facility, we may prioritize student registrations.

Peck Forayers 2015

Silly Peck Forayers in 2015, in Painted Post, NY.



This Year's Peck

this year

Sept 22-24, 2017 at the Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb NY. Hosted by Professor Alex Weir of SUNY-ESF.

Registration Info

Sign up!

Registration is now open: Submit your registration form by mail; consult the packing list for ideas on what to bring.

Past Pecks

foray history

Where we've been since we started up in 1954.

Who was Peck?

about Peck

Peck was an influential mycologist in New York state in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He named many of the mushrooms we know today.