Upcoming Member Forays (Guided Mushroom Hunts w/ Seminar and Cooking Demos)

chris-morel-musroom-foray Since I started doing forays in 2001, my joy for teaching people that don’t know, and learning more from those that do know about mushrooms, who attend these forays, has continued to grow and grow. I have now guided over 1700 people and completed more than 300 forays! With the two spring 2009 Morel forays being quickly booked up and as many as 20 on a waiting list, I have decided to start an earlier registration for the upcoming forays, giving everyone ample time to make plans and arrangements to attend the foray of their choice. I now am offering Fall, Winter and Spring Forays for the upcoming mushroom seasons. These forays are the best possible way to build your own knowledge and have hands-on experience in the woods! And even if you are quite knowledgeable yourself, meet new friends and enjoy some of the best tasting mushroom dishes created by Chris that one can imagine! Remember, it is not just about going out to my best spots across the country and slamming them, but a huge learning experience, enjoying diverse hunters’ company, and enjoying some amazing mushroom cuisine! Our goal is always to find plenty to cook with, and enough left over so everyone can bring some home!

How to sign up:

 Sign Up Online <—click

Sign Up by Phone
Call me at 478-217-5200
Pay by check, Paypal, or credit card!
 

Kids under 10 are FREE HUNTING! (if they need lunch and feast included, cost is just $50, and kids foray t-shirts are just $20)

Please Note: All future Forays have a new layout. Each person who attends receives a free special foray T-Shirt, Foray Bumper Sticker, Lunch, Feast, and link to the online foray video. “Loaner” mesh bags will be available if you need one. Also, the first night is not only the meet and greet, but also the seminar and is mandatory to attend to get your bumper sticker and T-Shirt, and to have proper instruction for the hunt the following day. Also, once you register, if you need to cancel for any reason, you may transfer to any other upcoming foray for just a $25 re-registration fee, no refunds will be given. Most forays are one full day of hunting, others are “extended forays” with two days of hunting.

ONLY One membership required per party, and good for entire family, (no need to have individual memberships!) MEMBERSHIP INFO

Chris’ informative seminars includes:

  • *How to find and identify morel mushrooms and other edible mushrooms
  • *Morel growth and life-cycle
  • *Trees each species of mushrooms associate with
  • *How to cook and preserve your finds
  • *Many other mushroom species found during morel season and even more in the fall
  • *Wild Plant foraging and identification
  • *Questions and answers

Please note: Every Foray includes mushroom identification classes during the power point presentations, and you will learn a lot of new things, even if you have hunted all of your life! Newbies to experts, infants to 90+ years of age have attended my forays!

 

 

 

 

Brand New 2017 Foray Highlights Video:

  

Here are a few Facebook Live Videos from this spring’s forays:

 



2017 Fall Wild and Medicinal Mushrooms and Edible Plant Forays:

Forays (Guided Mushroom Hunts) now available for registration:

2017 Summer/Fall Forays List: 

Fall Forays that are a definite “GO” and Open for Registration Now:
2017 Summer and Fall Forays that are still “pending”, awaiting enough interest, (minimum of 15 registrations excluding lifetime foray members):
  • Gatlinburg/Smoky Mountain Summer Foray (approx dates: late July) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: Not looking likely on this one as time is approaching and we still need 10+ interested people…
  • Telluride, Colorado Porcini Foray (approx dates: mid August) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: Not looking likely on this one as time is approaching and we still need 12+ interested people…
  • Brattleboro Vermont Fall Foray (approx dates: early September) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 10+…
  • Northern Michigan Porcini Foray (approx dates: early September) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 10+…
  • Cougar, Washington Matsutake/Lobster Foray (approx dates: mid September) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 10+…
  • Minnesota Hen of the Woods Foray (approx dates: mid September) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 7+…
  • Floyd Virginia Fall Foray (approx dates: mid to late September) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 7+…
  • California Porcini Foray (approx dates: early-mid November) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 11+…
  • Olympic Peninsula Washington Matsutake/Lobster Foray (approx dates: early-mid November) (List: click  to be added) Update as of 5/28/2017: These is still time but we need 11+…

2018 Morel Forays Now OPEN for Early Registration:

The following photo gallery shows some of the different Spring mushroom species we expect to find on our forays (and Chris will talk about these at the Powerpoint Presentation):

 

 

The following photo gallery shows some of the different spring wild edible plant species we expect to find on our forays (and Chris will talk about these at the Powerpoint Presentation):

Call anytime to register or if you have any questions!

(478) 217-5200

Or, if you prefer, register online HERE

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Completed 2017 Morel Foray List: 

 2017 Georgia Motherload Foray #1 (near Forsyth, GA) March 31st-April 1st, 2017 ,  2017 Georgia Motherload Foray #2 (near Dallas, GA) April 5th-6th, 2017 ,  2017 Nashville, TN Morel Foray and Country Music Extravaganza  April 7th-9th, 2017 ,  2017 Ozarks Missouri Morel Foray- April 21st-22nd, 2017 ,  2017 Virginia Foray Near Floyd- April 25th, 26th 2017 ,  2017 Indiana Morel Foray (near Rockville, IN) April 28th-29th, with optional extra day hunt April 30th, 2017 ,  2017 Ohio Morel Foray #1 (near Delaware, OH)  May 5th-6th, with optional extra day of hunting May 7th, 2017 ,  2017 Ohio Morel Foray #2 (near Delware, OH) May 7th-8th, with optional extra day of hunting May 9th, 2017 ,  2017 Illinois Morel Motherload Foray #1 (near Galena, ILL)  May 12th-13th, with optional extra day of hunting May 14th, 2017 , 2017 Illinois Morel Motherload Foray #2 (near Galena, ILL)  May 14th-15th, with optional extra day of hunting May 16th, 2017 , 2017 Michigan Morel Foray #1 (near Gaylord, MI) May 18th, 19th, with optional extra day of hunting May 20th, 2017 ,  2017 Michigan Morel Foray #2 (near Gaylord, MI) May 20th-21st, with optional extra day of hunting May 22nd, 2017 , 2017 Klamath Falls, Oregon Morel Foray May 27th-28th, with optional days of hunting May 29th and 30th, 2017 , 2017 Washington State “Grand Finale” Morel Foray (includes breakfast and the evening feast) June 2nd-3rd, with optional extra days of hunting June 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2017   

2016 Forays <—click

The Tailgates:

The Unique Wild Edible and Foraged Food!

2016 Morel Foray Highlights <—click (over 225 photos)

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*”Pending” 2018 Winter and Spring Morel Forays List: 

*”Pending”, awaiting enough interest, (minimum of 15 registrations excluding lifetime foray members) 

All of the upcoming 2018 winter and spring Morel forays are now being scheduled. If you have interest in attending any of these pending forays or would like more information, please click the contact link so I can add you to the mailing list. I am trying a few new ones this year and need a minimum of 15 registrations, (excluding lifetime foray members). As soon as I have received enough interest in a timely manner for these pending forays, I will move them to the “NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION” section so please take a moment and contact me if interested and certainly RECRUIT your friends and family!

 
  • 2018 California Winter Foray-Chanterelle/Trumpets/Hedgehog/Candy Caps (approx dates: early-January) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Oregon Truffle Foray (approx dates: late-January) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Oklahoma Morel Foray (approx dates: early-April) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Alabama Morel Foray (approx dates: mid-April) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Arkansas Morel Foray (approx dates: early to mid-April) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Kirksville Missouri Morel Foray (approx dates: mid-April) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Wheeling West Virginia Morel Foray (approx dates: mid to late-April) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 McGreggor Iowa Morel Foray (approx dates: early to mid-May) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 SE Minnesota Morel Foray (approx dates: early to mid-May) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Fairbanks Alaska Burnsite Morel Adventure (approx dates: mid to late June) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 Northern Idaho Burnsite Morel Adventure (approx dates: late June to early July) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 South Africa Morel Foray (approx dates: early to mid August) (List: click  to be added)
  • 2018 FALL MOREL HUNT in South America (Chili) (approx dates: mid to late October) (List: click  to be added)

 

 

 

Foray Disclaimer

By participating in a foray, realize that we have no control over the weather. Scheduling is done a year in advance with the best possible averages in springtime arrival for each particular area. The event will take place on the dates specified if at all possible, and there will be no changes in timing because of an early or late spring, or because of dry weather, wet weather, extreme heat or cold. In extreme cases, we do want to be as successful as possible, so we have the right to make date changes if necessary in these extreme situations. If a date does change, and in 15 years have only had to do this 3 or 4 times, then you are still locked in as a registered participant, and if you cannot make the new schedule dates, then you will get a free transfer to another foray or the same foray the following season if it is equal value or less, or a free transfer to any other spring or fall foray, there are NO REFUNDS due to date changes. We hunt in the rain, the sunshine, the snow, and in the the drought. Usually we have very good luck, and everyone gets to take home fresh mushrooms, but occasionally mother nature does not cooperate, but we still have a lot of fun, including some great fellowship and food as well. You should also hopefully learn a lot regardless. Whether we find a lot or not, the costs to do these forays remains the same. If you cancel because of an emergency, you can still transfer to another foray for free. There are NO REFUNDS due to you canceling. If you find that something comes up and you cannot make it to a foray you registered for, I will allow you to transfer it to another foray. If I cancel a foray for lack of participation, or some other unforeseen emergency, you will be refunded in full. Lets hope for the best, and go out and find some mushrooms!
-Chris Matherly