New Mexico Mycological Society 2023 Annual Foray

Los Alamos, New Mexico
August 10 - 13, 2023

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Who can attend?

New Mexico Mycological Society (NMMS) members who have a current membership at the time of the foray.  If you are not a paid member then you can join the NMMS and be eligible to register for the foray.  The NMMS membership year ends on June 30, but if you are registering for the foray after this date, then you can include your renewal with the registration fee.  Join NMMS here.  
Current members, check your membership status here.

Cost and registration deadline

$110.00 registration fee.  Accommodations are not included in the foray fee.
$50.00 for children 7 - 14 years old.
Registration closes July 31, 2023 (late fee applies)


Book a room at the Holiday Inn & Suites Los Alamos by July 20, 5:00pm for a discounted rate or find nearby accommodations (vacation rental, RV park, campground, etc...)

Holiday Inn & Suites Los Alamos
60 Entrada Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 661-2646 ext. 3
(Mention your affiliation with NMMS, or "mushroom club")

Call the hotel directly by using the number listed above to make reservations.  Do not use the hotel's online reservation form or the toll free reservation line.  View the hotel's website to learn about the amenities for paying guests.


Thursday: typically there is an informal potluck and Meet & Greet.  Bring your favorite dish to share!
Breakfast: Guests staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites receive a complimentary breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lunch: No lunches will be provided.  You're likely to be deep in the mountains during lunchtime. Plan ahead!
Dinner: A catered dinner will be provided on Friday and Saturday for all foray attendees.  Dinner will be at the Holiday Inn & Suites.

You can indicate any special dietary preferences on the registration form.

Sample schedule

What will we do all weekend?  View the sample schedule to see the activities during a typical foray weekend.  A finalized schedule will be available closer to the foray date.

This year's mycologist...

Gary A. Laursen is an adjunct Research Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was instrumental in maintaining the state's largest and longest running outreach program for secondary STEM research, now directs the UAF Honors Program, and faculty advises Golden Key. He has written and published over 375 pieces while also serving twenty years as a high school teacher concomitant with his thirty-five years of university instruction and research. He is the coauthor of the book Common Interior Alaska Cryptogams: Fungi, Lichenicolous Fungi, Lichenized Fungi, Slime Molds, Mosses, and Liverworts, University of Alaska Press, (2009).

Taken from

Dr. Laursen's field guide:
Laursen, Gary A., and McArthur, Neil. Alaska's Mushrooms: A Wide Ranging Guide.  Alaska Northwest Books, 2016. 

Learn more about Dr. Laursen here (external link)

Packing list

Ready to hunt for mushrooms?  These items are often helpful:

Hat, sun screen, compass/GPS, whistle, pen/pencil, watch, collecting basket, pocket knife, wax paper bags, brush, water bottle, rain gear, snacks for the trail, mushroom guide book.

Helpful field guides


Mushrooms of the
Rocky Mountain Region

Vera Stucky Evenson

Timber Press, 2015

Mushrooms Demystified

David Arora

Ten Speed Press, 1986

All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms

David Arora

Ten Speed Press, 2022

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