The Mushroom Society of Utah was founded in 1993 by Ardean Watts and several charter members who shared an interest in mycology (the study of fungi).

MSU is an all-volunteer organization with a five part mission: 

1. Provide education and mentoring

2. Foster community and social interaction

3. Culinary applications

4. Awareness and aesthetic appreciation

5. Scientific contribution

MSU meets on the first Saturday of the month during summer for forays. The purpose of a foray can be to hunt for edibles, collect for scientific study, or enjoy the beauty and diversity of fungi.

MSU also meets the last weekend in August for an annual multi-day event called the Fall Foray. This event usually includes workshops, lectures, contests, forays, camping, dutch oven cooking, and help with identification.

Winter events include an annual feast held in January.


In the spring when the rains come, mushrooms flourish in unexpected places. We went with Utah musician and educator Ardean Watts to one of his favorite hunting spots in the west part of the Salt Lake Valley. For Watts, mushrooms are the perfect symbol for his philosophy of life … a love of unruly things. -RadioWest


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