The Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA) is a non-profit group dedicated to learning about local mushrooms, and educating the public about the vast and diverse world of fungi.

Emergency mushroom identification

We sponsor a variety of mushroom-related activities and services open to the general public, including free emergency mushroom identification for concerned citizens of Sonoma County.

Once you learn to identify and know these delightful creatures, recreational collecting can become a lifelong and healthy hobby. The fun starts with a tiny spore!

Visit the SOMA Facebook page!

Donate to the SOMA Scholarship Fund

Please donate to SOMA and support our scholarships. We have awarded $55,000 in scholarships in the last four years!

SOMA Calendar has all upcoming meetings and forays!

Monthly General Meetings:

3rd Thursdays from Sept to May, open to the public.
Watch past speakers on the Facebook SOMA Page

Monthly Meeting:

Date: Thursday May 18, 2023 6:00pm PDT
IN-PERSON Meeting at the Laguna Foundation!!
Speaker: Mikhael Selk
Topic: Myco-parasites
Zoom: CLICK TO JOIN (Meeting ID: 843 1029 5088 Passcode: SOMA )

SOMA Mushroom Forays - Salt Point State Park

Monthly forays on Saturday following the Thursday meetings. Salt Point forays start from Woodside Campground at 9:45am.
Bring a dish to share, SOMA will provide hot main course!

No forays scheduled for now... But we're considering options!

THANK-YOU to everyone who participated in a very successful SOMA Camp!
Registration for SOMA Camp 2024 opens on
October 15, 2023 (National Mushroom Day!)

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