Walk Schedule 2017

Pioneer Valley Mycological Association’s Weekend Walk Schedule 2017

We will meet on Sundays and some Saturdays at 1:00 PM with three important exceptions (Saturday, July 16 at; Sunday, July 23rd we meet at Royalston Falls at 10:00 AM; Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 AM).

We encourage you to tape this list to your front door, fridge, television, computer screen or enter the information on a calendar you are most likely to consult so that you don’t miss any of our fantastic and informative guided walks. This list (see below) will be sent to you via the email address you provided as when you became a PVMA member. Included are site directions, terrain, date, and parking information. Walk leaders are noted. The sites are located throughout the Pioneer Valley and a few are beyond. Some have restroom facilities, most do not. We suggest that you bring water, bug repellant, a knife, a collection basket and small paper or waxed bags for specimens. Sturdy, comfortable shoes and a hat come in handy, as well as a walking stick, camera and a mushroom field guide. If you wish to contribute to the Mycoflora Project, please also bring along a small notebook to write down notes about specimens you collect for DNA analysis.

You can download a beginner or an advanced checklist for each walk you attend at http://www.fungikingdom.org/. We also encourage you to post photos of the fungi you find on our Pioneer Valley Mycological Association Facebook site.


May morel season: please check Berkshire Mycological Society website at http://www.bms.iwarp.com/ or their Facebook page to join John Wheeler in foraging for morels. Be prepared to hustle. His group meets on Sundays at 10:00 AM during mushroom hunting. (Morels are few and far between in the Pioneer Valley.)

Sunday, June 11 - Chesterfield Gorge with Dianna Smith, leader. Take Rte. 9 West from Northampton, approximately 4.4 miles. Take a left onto Rte. 143 W Chesterfield Rd. At intersection of 143 and Ireland St go South 0.8 miles taking a left onto River Rd to parking area. For more information go to www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/  This is a fairly flat trail that follows along the Westfield River. There are numerous interesting fungi. Always a fascinating walk!

Sunday, June 25 - Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area, Northampton. Cooke Ave entrance off Rte. 9 with Michael Ostrowski leader: go to http://www.broadbrookcoalition.org.files/Fitzgerald_Lake.pdf for map. Meet at parking area on Cooke Ave. Shady mixed hardwood and conifer forest with streams and marked easy trails.

Sunday July 16 - Jabish Brook Conservation Area, Belchertown. (Pat or Patty) On Rte. 202 going North towards Pelham from Belchertown on the right. Small parking area. You may want to carpool with friends. This is a marked loop trail with a few steep areas, but generally easy terrain of mixed hardwoods and conifers and crisscrossing streams.

Saturday, July 22 - Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Training Meeting for the Mycoflora 2.0 Project followed by lunch and then a 12:30 PM Microscopy Workshop with Dr. Roz Lowen at Dianna's house, 441 Kennedy Rd., Leeds. Please bring your microscope if you have one and any fresh fungi samples you may have collected within the previous day or so. If you don’t have a microscope, we will happily share our resources. Please bring your lunch and something to share. And your bathing suit!

Sunday, July 23 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Joint Walk with the Monadnock Mushroom (MMU) at Royalston Falls with field guide author and photographer Noah Seigel. From Northampton area – take Rte. 91 north to Rte. 10, to Rte. 119 to Rte. 32 south for 1.8 miles. Take a left on to Greenwoods Road. Go 0.8 mi. Park along road after small pond. From Amherst, it is probably quicker to go Rte. 202 north to Athol, then take 2A to Rte. 32 north. These are the co-ordinates of the parking area: 42.7265969, -72.2520733.

Thursday, July27 to Sunday, July 30 - weekend NEMF foray at Stratton, VT. No PVMA walk. To register go to http://www.nemf.org/.

Sunday, August 6 – People’s State Forest at Barkhamsted, CT.  Joint 10:00 AM walk with the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society (CVMS). Take 91 South toward Windsor Locks and get off at Exit 40 going onto RT. 20 west. Bear left onto Rte. 219 which becomes 318 West. Make a right onto East River Road. The recreation area is about a mile up on the left. We meet about a half mile passed the Nature Center going up the narrow hill on Greenwoods Rd.

Saturday, August 12 - Cadwell Memorial Forest with CVMS guest mycologist Bill Yule (& Dianna). From Amherst Center go East on Main St. through the intersection with Northeast St. At this point Main St becomes Pelham Rd. Follow Pelham Rd past the library to Enfield Rd on your right. Turn onto Enfield Rd and go about 2 miles. At the Y intersection Enfield Rd becomes Packardville Rd to your left. The gate and parking area to Cadwell Memorial Forest are on your left about 100 yds beyond this intersection. Small parking area. We suggest carpooling. This is an easy wide trail of mixed hardwoods/conifers and crisscrossing streams managed by UMASS.                       

Sunday, August 20 - Lily Pond Wildlife Management Area, Goshen, MA (with Pat Diffendale). From Northampton/Williamsburg take Rte. 9 towards Goshen, turning onto Ball Rd. go 1 mile to a circle. Park at the perimeter of the circle. We will meet there. The sign at the trail head is hidden by trees. This is an easy heavily wooded trail which slopes off steeply on either side to uneven rocky terrain. Leads to wetlands and a bog.

Sunday, August 27 - Federated Women's Club State Forest, off Rte. 122, Petersham/New Salem (with Patty ).  Take Rte. 202 to 122, go 3.6 miles, turn right onto State Forest Rd, follow for 1.7 miles to gated entrance and pull-ins for parking. Also see www.mass.gov/dcr/massparks/region-central for directions from other parts of the state. There are wide, well-trodden trails which are mostly flat, with moist, deep leaf litter in predominately oak and conifer forest. Room to roam!


Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3: 4th Annual White Mountain Fungal Foray at the World Fellowship Center. Register at http://worldfellowship.org/.

Friday, September 1 to Monday, September 4 - COMA Foray Hebron, CT. Register beginning in June at http://www.comafungi.org/.

September 7-10 NAMA Foray in Wisconsin. Register at http://www.namyco.org/.

Sunday, September 10 - Quabbin Gate 15 (Mike Ostrowski leader) on Rte. 202.

Sunday, September 17 - Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield (Patty leader): Take Rte. 32  from Ware to where it meets Rte. 9; stay on 9/32. When they separate follow Rte. 9 East for 1.1 miles to entrance and parking area on the left. http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/.

Sunday, September 24 - Leeds/Florence Conservation area (Mike Ostrowski leader) from Rt 9 West past Look Park and VA Hospital take a left onto Florence St at green sign for Leeds between gas station on left and vegetable flower store on right. Take first left onto Arch St, next left onto Main St, right onto Dimock St. Park cars close on right along the side of the road. Enter park at the sign.

Saturday, September 30 – 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM talk on the Amazing World of Fungi and a guided mushroom walk at Shantigar Foundation: Take Rt. 91 north toward Greenfield (exit 26), then drive west on Rte. 2 to Charlemont. Go through the town of Charlemont and another mile or so until Legate Hill Road on your right. Follow Legate Hill Road all the way up (about 4 miles) until a left turn on Davenport Road. After 0.7 miles you will see the small Shantigar sign on your right. Enter the wooded area and please park in the marked parking areas to your right. The Shantigar office is in the large wooden shed building. Please bring you lunch and something to share. The foundation is charging $27.00 for this event, but I have been assured that any donation is perfectly acceptable. Note that the PVMA is collecting one-half of the proceeds for our club, while the other half goes to Shantigar. (http://www.shantigar.org).

Sunday, October 1 -William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington (Dean Colpack leader):  Rt 9 west from Northampton to Rt 112 S in Cummington. Follow Rt 112 South up the hill 1.5 miles to a 5 corner intersection. The Homestead is straight ahead.

Columbus Day Weekend Sept. 7-9.

Sunday, October 15 - Chesterfield Gorge with guest mycologist Larry Millman: Take Rt 9 West from Northampton, approx 4.4 miles. Take a left onto Rte 143 W Chesterfield Rd. At intersection of 143 and Ireland St go South 0.8 miles taking a left onto River Rd to parking area. For more information go to www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/  This is a fairly flat trail that follows along the Westfield River. There are numerous interesting fungi. Always a fascinating walk!

Sunday, October 22 - Williamsburg Conservation Area. Take Route 9 to Williamsburg, make a left onto South St., drive a mile more or less, take the first street on the right, Unquomonk Rd. to parking area. Metal fence and trail will be on your right.

Sunday, October 29 – East Leverett Trail, North Parking lot (with Dianna)


If you are interested in accompanying Dianna for a guided weekday mushroom walk, anywhere in the region especially within one to three days of a good rain, please contact her with the name of a walk location via the PVMA Facebook site or by e-mail at