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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, if the weather looks threatening, 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", which is the case with over-the-weekend and regional/national forays). 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
Sunday,
May 7
Princeton Institute Woods (formerly Princeton Water Works)

Sunday,
June 4
Bob Peabody Wild Foods Foray and Picnic
Deer Path Park, Readington, NJ. Bring food to share and your own picnic gear.

Sunday,
June 25
Lake Ocquittunk Family Camping Area,
Stokes State Forest (Branchville)

Sunday,
July 9
Wawayanda State Park (West Milford)
NJMA ID required for free admission.

Saturday,
July 15
Meadowood Park (Mendham)

Sunday,
July 23
Thompson/Helmetta Park (Jamesburg)

Saturday,
August 5
Stephens State Park (Hackettstown)

Sunday,
August 13
Teetertown Ravine / Crystal Springs Preserve

Sunday,
August 20
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts, and Recreation (Ringwood)

Sunday,
August 27
Stokes State Forest –
Grete Turchick Memorial Foray & Picnic
Bring food to share and your own picnic gear.
Members, don't forget your membership badges -
otherwise you will have to pay at the park
entrance when you arrive.

Sunday,
September 17
Rancocas Nature Center and State Park

Sunday,
September 24
Fungus Fest – Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Please collect and bring specimens for the ID tables on Saturday, Sept. 23 or on Sunday.

Sunday,
October 1
Ocean County Park (Lakewood)

Sunday,
October 8
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (Woodland Twp.)

Saturday,
October 14
Forest Resource Education Center (Jackson)

Sunday,
October 22
Wells Mills County Park (Waretown)

Sunday,
October 29
Belleplain State Park (Woodbine)

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.