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The Cornell Mushroom Club ! ! !

that much fun!Right now we have an enthusiastic student cub, the Fantastic Fungi Fanatics. Members have varied interests, including foraging for wild mushrooms, cultivating mushrooms, mushroom art, mushroom dyeing, and ... whatever YOU like. Join up!

Here's how to find the Club:

Cornell's mushroom club comes and goes with those special people who nourish and catalyse it. That might be you!

Other Regional Mushroom Clubs

Want more? Nearby mushroom clubs include the Rochester Area Mycological Association, the Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (Binghamton/Endicott), the Central New York Mycological Society (Syracuse), and the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club (Pittsburgh).
Also, watch for NY's Peck Foray and the Northeast Mycological Foray at different sites each year.


More Cornell Resources

The Forest Mushroom Growers Network.

The Cornell Mushroom Blog, a student/faculty-written collection of stories about fungi. (Now accessioned in the Library of Congress! We're so proud.)

On Facebook you can follow us at "Cornell Fungi" Cornell Fungi on fb


Join Mushrooms-L

CraterellusTo keep up with mushroom-related stuff in the Ithaca area, subscribe to our e-list. You'll receive occasional e-mailings about mushroom news and events. The e-list is meant to promote discussion, so is only as active as its members -- if you join us, feel free to post mushroom events, questions, and ideas for walks. To subscribe, send an email to me, Kathie Hodge <> (please include your full name). Anyone can join, but it's most appropriate for those who live near Ithaca, NY.

Once you're subscribed, any message you send to will be distributed to all 200+ subscribers. Non-members may not post, and subscribers are held private. We ask you not to send large image files (small ones and links are ok). Those who post commercial or inappropriate messages will be deleted. We use Lyris to manage our list— here are directions to set your own subscription preferences. To unsubscribe (we'll miss you!), send an email to with the single word LEAVE in the body of the message. Kathie can help if need be.


Mushroom Hunting near Ithaca NY, and Regulations

King Bolete under spruceHere in the Finger Lakes region of New York, we look for morels in May, king boletes under spruce in June, chanterelles under oaks in July, giant puffballs in Aug/Sept, and all kinds of mushrooms from September through snowfall. Nobody will tell you their morel spot — don't even ask. The best mushroom hunting places around town are State and Federal Forests, where we are permitted to collect for personal consumption. One nice way to explore these places is by hiking the Finger Lakes Trail (buy a Trail Guide with maps at a local bookstore).

State Forests, Forest Preserves, Wildlife Mgt Areas, and Multiple Use areas:
 ok to harvest for personal consumption, but not for commercial sale.
 Not all DEC officers are aware of the revised regulation, so carry a copy (link: see section 190.8, item g)
 try Connecticut Hill, Shindagin Hollow, Danby, Hammond Hill, and Yellow Barn.

State Parks: no harvesting whatsoever.
 this applies to Treman, Taughannock, Buttermilk…

Finger Lakes National Forest: ok to harvest for personal consumption, not for commercial sale. Link.

Finger Lakes Land Trust: no harvesting whatsoever.

Cornell Natural Areas: no harvesting whatsoever.

Ithaca City Natural Areas: no harvesting whatsoever.
 this applies to Six Mile Creek NA, Fall Creek NA, Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, Southwest NA

Private Land: obtain permission of landowner.

Please respect these rules for mushroom hunting. Picking where you're not allowed is uncool, and gives us all a bad reputation.

happy hunting!
Professor Kathie Hodge <>