The 2022 Fall Mycology Camp is full and the waiting list is cut off.
Our Mycology Camp is resuming 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.
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.
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.
The goal of OMS Mycology Camps is to teach people about wild mushrooms; the camps are not merely for foraging. Activities include:
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.
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.
The remainder of this page will both introduce and explain changes for 2022. It will also give you the time and date that registration will begin as well as the weekend schedule. Below we have included the COVID Requirements from both Camp Magruder and OMS. Most changes to our traditional format are being made as a result of the COVID variants that are still present in our community.
Updated April 2022
Camp Magruder’s latest Covid-19 standards were formulated based on the most recent recommendations from the CDC and studying recent protocol shifts within the Oregon Public School System. As has been the case since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, this protocol may shift drastically between now and scheduled retreats, but we are working to be thoughtful about explaining what situations might set off a change in protocol and what those changes may look like. Guest groups should continue to be prepared for requirements that may supersede Camp Magruder’s most basic standards.
Masking: Masks will not be required by Camp Magruder outdoors or indoors. We will seek to create a supportive environment for those who choose to wear masks.
Distancing: Guests are encouraged to physically distance where feasible. Camp Magruder will make efforts to make distancing easier, for instance with table and chair placements.
Cohorting: Groups are not required to cohort or contact trace. If a group member contracts Covid-19, other vaccinated guests who have been exposed do not have to isolate unless they show symptoms.
Covid Cases at Camp: If a guest begins to show Covid-19 symptoms, they should be isolated immediately and tested. If the guest tests positive for Covid-19, they remain isolated and return home at earliest convenience. The entire group may be required to begin masking if Covid-19 is identified onsite.
Outdoor Activity: If weather permits, Camp Magruder strongly urges guest groups plan a majority of their activities outdoors. We believe this is one of the most effective ways to mitigate Covid-19 spread within group gatherings. Camp Magruder will make both outdoor and indoor dining available, and work with group leaders to make outdoor eating a likely possibility with the group.
Matching Standards: Camp Magruder will take on any additional Covid-19 related protocol a guest group plans to operate under beyond its base level standards whenever in the presence of the guest group.
When Increased Protocol will be Necessary: Two weeks prior to the guest group’s arrival, Camp Magruder will observe Covid-19 hospitalization and death rates in Tillamook County and the county(s) from which the guest group resides. We will evaluate the threat level based on these rates, especially compared with the group’s vaccination rates. If current rates warrant increased concern, Camp Magruder may alter its standards to require increased masking and distancing.
Friday, November 4th – Sunday, November 6th
Attendee Vaccination Status:
COVID Mitigation and Reporting:
Friday – 4 November 2022
Saturday – 5 November 2022
Sunday – 6 November 2022