MSSF Meetings

On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the Randall Museum.
The highlight of each meeting is a speaker with slides on some aspect of mycology and mushrooming: ecology, taxonomy, mycophagy, sociology, etc. Before each meeting members bring collections which are put on display and identified. Refreshments are served before the meeting.

  • Doors open and identification starts at 7 pm.
  • Announcements begin at 8 pm, followed by the presentation. (The December meeting is replaced by a dinner at a different location.)
  • Note: All regular General Meetings are open to the public. Some meetings have reserved seating or may have an admission fee for non-members.

Next Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • The Mycological Society of San Francisco is pleased to host Else Vellinga

Else Vellinga's presentation on the “History of Mycology in California” will focus on the people who were instrumental in naming mushroom species, on the advocates for conservation, those advancing the science behind our understanding of mushrooms in the field, and the pioneers in mushroom dyes.


Else Vellinga Else Vellinga, PhD, 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. Her main goal is to contribute to the conservation of mushroom species, and for that reason she has proposed several 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.


2019 Meetings

    Parasol mushroom
  • No meeting in December
    Fungus Fair on Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2018 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2018
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2018
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2015 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2015 video
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 video
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 video
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 video
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 video
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 video

2013 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Talk & Slides
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 video 1 video 2
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013