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 County Fair Building. Note: All regular General Meetings are open to the public. 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 and the meeting starts at 8 pm. (The December meeting is replaced by a dinner at a different location.)

Next Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Alissa Allen
  • Mushrooms for Dyes; Exploring Northern California's Regional Rainbow

My talk will be an introduction to the full spectrum of permanent color that can be extracted from mushrooms found in the the Bay Area and Northern Coastal California. I will touch on safety, ethical harvest, the dyeing process and identification of dye species. There will be lots of colorful slides and dye examples on the display table. Please include mention of my website in publication ( mycopigments.com ), it helps people find me later if they can't make this event.


I have been looking at mushrooms most of my life, have studied mycology for almost 20 years, and have been sharing my passion for mushroom dyes for over 15 years! This unique set of interests has led me to a very interesting career path. My focus is studying regional mycoflora and utilizing the colorful dyes to entice people to pay closer attention to the role fungi play in our lives; from being a necessary yet understudied part of our ecosystem, to a colorful addition to our wardrobes, to the bonding that foraging brings to families, friends and communities. Nothing brings me more joy than to share this with others.

Alissa Allen

  • Map & Directions
  • Event calendar
  • 2018 Meetings

      Parasol mushroom
    • No meeting in December
    • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    • No meetings June-August
    • Tuesday, May 16, 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