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2022 OMS Fall Mycology Camp

November 4 @ 3:00 pm November 6 @ 12:00 pm PDT

We are planning on having the Mycology Camp, with significant COVID-related restrictions, including:
– The number of participants will be significantly reduced in order to maintain sufficient social distancing;
– Participants will be housed in family groups;
– Proof of vaccination will be required for registration
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The Oregon Mycological Society has reserved the dates of November 4 (Friday) through November 6 (Sunday), 2022 for the Fall Myco Camp at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach, OR. The Camp schedule will be to start to arrive and check in starting around 3:00 PM Friday afternoon and finish up by noon on Sunday. Our camp mycologist this year will be Else Vellinga.

Dr. Vellinga is a mycologist who is interested in naming and classifying mushroom species in California and beyond, especially Parasol mushrooms. She has described 22 species as new for California, and most recently worked at the herbaria at UC Berkeley and SFSU for the Macrofungi and Microfungi Collections Digitization projects. She got her training at the national herbarium in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the university of Leiden, also in the Netherlands. The main reason for her taxonomic work is that it lays the basis for efforts to include mushroom species in nature management and conservation plans. She has proposed a number of Californian and Hawaiian species for the IUCN global database of endangered species. She tries to keep current with the mushroom literature. Else is also an avid knitter and likes to use mushroom dyed yarn for her creations.


We’ll email the membership with updated details and registration information when we’re close to the event. (The notification is typically sent in March or April.)


The goal of OMS Mycology Camps is to teach people about wild mushrooms; the camps are not merely for foraging. Activities include:

  • Review seasonal mushrooms species including edibles and non-edibles
  • Evening presentations on both Friday and Saturday.
  • Saturday field trips. We’re interested in tracking all mushroom species growing in the area, not merely looking for edibles. We’ll have microscopes, books, and experienced Society members to help identify your mushrooms. We preserve unusual collections for scientific research.
  • Mushroom identification, and macroscopic and microscopic study of mushrooms
  • Sunday morning walk through and discussion of specimens

OMS Mycology Camp is a great place to learn about mushrooms. It’s also an opportunity to meet and socialize with other amateur mycologists. This is a great time for the novice, the expert, and everyone in between.

Location Information

The Fall Mycology Camp takes place at Camp Magruder, Rockaway Beach, Oregon. A wide variety of mushrooms can be found in and near camp. The area is a rich mushroom habitat and also has a great diversity of mushrooms, plants, lichens, and birds.

Accomodations at Camp is very basic. You must bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries. Children are welcome. Pets are not allowed. We will house everyone who is listed on your registration in the same room or cabin (unless your party if very big). Smaller groups or individuals may be housed with other attendees as necessary. 

Check out the camp website if you’d like to know more: http://www.campmagruder.org

The camp staff prepares tasty and wholesome meals. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at every meal upon request. However, the camp staff needs to know ahead of time, so please request vegan or vegetarian meals on your registration application. If you have special dietary needs or allergies, please include this information with your registration application and we will see what can be accommodated (within reason, please).

We are always interested in volunteers to help at the camp (especially people to help lead field trips). Please indicate if you are interested during the registration process.


This is a member-only event. (No guests are allowed.) Each participant must be an OMS member both at the time of registration and during the event. We restrict participation both to limit liability and to satisfy the high demand for events from members.) We reserve the rights to cancel reservations and/or refuse participation to an entire party if any member of the party is a non-member at time of registration or the event.


Camp Magruder

17450 Old Pacific Hwy
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 United States
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