Forays (Guided Group Foraging Hunts and Classes w/Seminar/Feast)

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Guided foraging events for wild edible and medicinal mushrooms and plants

2023 wild food events, explore Chris’ passion of wild edible weeds, herbalist, sustainability, bush foods and Fungi, Share in his creative food adventures, in a safe nature connection and learning environment, make connection to others through shared experiences and knowledge. An informative and exciting workshop and forage walks followed by a wild food feast, group booking available, limited tickets, come learn to forage with Chris Matherly and eat some yummy wild food. BLOG

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Since I started doing forays, (guided foraging events for wild mushrooms and plants) in 2001, my joy for teaching people that don’t know, and learning more from those that do know about mushrooms, who attend these forays, has continued to grow and grow. I have now guided over 2000 people and completed more than 370 forays in over 35 states! Many spring Morel forays quickly book up and as many as 20 on a waiting list. I have decided to start an earlier registration for the upcoming forays, giving everyone ample time to make plans and arrangements to attend the foray of their choice. I now am offering Fall, Winter and Spring Forays for the upcoming mushroom seasons. These forays are the best possible way to build your own knowledge and have hands-on experience in the woods! And even if you are quite knowledgeable yourself, meet new friends and enjoy some of the best tasting mushroom dishes created by Chris that one can imagine! Remember, it is not just about going out to Chris’ best spots that he shares across the country and slamming them, but a huge learning experience, enjoying diverse hunters’ company, and enjoying some amazing mushroom cuisine with as many as 20+ wild plant and mushroom dishes on the feast! Our goal is always to find plenty to cook with, and enough left over so everyone can bring some home, (party-favors)!

Kids under 10 are FREE HUNTING! (if they need lunch and feast included, cost is just $50)

Please Note: Each person who attends receives a nice picnic Lunch, Feast, and link to the online foray video. Mesh bags will be available for purchase if you need one. If you need to cancel for any reason, you may transfer to any other upcoming foray for just a $25 re-registration fee, no refunds will be given. Most forays are two days of hunting, others are “extended forays” with three days of hunting.

ONLY One membership required per party, and good for entire family, (no need to have individual memberships!) MEMBERSHIP INFO

Chris’ informative seminars includes:

  • *How to find and identify morel mushrooms and other edible mushrooms

  • *Morel growth and life-cycle

  • *Trees each species of mushrooms associate with

  • *How to cook and preserve your finds

  • *Many other mushroom species found during morel season and even more in the fall

  • *Wild Plant foraging and identification

  • *Questions and answers

  • *Medicinal Information

Please note: Every Foray includes mushroom identification classes during the PowerPoint presentations, and you will learn a lot of new things, even if you have hunted all of your life! Newbies to experts, infants to 90+ years of age have attended my forays!

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Want to learn how to find Morel Mushrooms but don’t want to be in a group? Chris also gives ONE-on-One Private Mushroom Hunting Sessions! Learn from the best! Click HERE

FREE Membership for every new registration (Offer expires 8/31/23  *** Extended 30 more days until 9/30/2023!)

Register Now- 2023 Summer and Fall Forays, and a few Newly Added 2024 Winter Events:

2023 Fall Brown County Indiana Mushroom Madness- Motherloads of Hens, Chicken, Lion’s Mane, and More! Oct. 13-15th (3-spots left)

NEW!!! 2023 Georgia Fall Foray November 10-12th, 2023 (6-spots left)

2023 California Fall/Winter Trumpets-Chanterelles-Porcini-Candy Caps Foray December 15-17th, 2023 (5-spots left)

New!!! 2024 Oregon Truffle Hunting Foray and Class January 19-21st, 2024 (8-spots left)

New!!! 2024 Winter California Mushroom Foray January 26-28th, 2024 (9-spots left)

Sorry, The Following Events are Now FULL, waiting list only:

2023 Telluride Colorado Porcini Foray August 18-20th, 2023 (sorry now FULL)   2023 Upper Peninsula Michigan Chaga and Porcini Foray August 25-27th, 2023 (sorry now FULL)
2023 Fall Vermont Foray September 1-3rd, 2023 (sorry now FULL) 2023 Cougar Washington Matsutake-Porcini-Lobster Mushroom Foray September 15-17th, 2023 (sorry now FULL)
2023 Ohio Fall Foray October 6-8th, 2023 (sorry now FULL) 2023 Fall Minnesota Foray September 22-24th, 2023 (sorry FULL)
2023 NW Illinois Fall Foray September 29th-October 1st, 2023 (sorry now FULL)

Spring 2024 Morel Mushroom Forays (Register Early and Save $$)

NEW!!! 2024 Georgia Morel Mushroom Motherload Event March 29-31st, 2024 (5-spots left)

New!!! 2024 Illinois Morel Mushroom Motherload Harvesting Event April 19-21st, 2024 (9-spots left)

I will be adding many additional mushroom hunting excursions for 2024 in the next few days including the following:

Early February 2024 – Louisiana winter hunt or we will find chicken of the woods, lion’s mane, many others 

mid to late March- Central Alabama morel mushroom hunt 

April 5th through the 7th- Nashville Tennessee Morel hunt 

-and then of course the popular events that I host and go to every year such as Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, and Oregon

I am hoping to do few new locations and Past locations that we didn’t do in 2023 as well such as South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and I have a new connection in Ontario Canada that I’m hoping to get set up as well. They’re possibly maybe a Montana and Idaho event even California. Someday I hope to do a hunt in New Mexico Kansas and Nebraska.

-If you have any interest in a specific location or a recommendation please send me an email:

Completed 2023 Forays:

2023 Georgia Morel Motherload Foray- March 31st-April 2nd, 2023 Sorry, this event is now FULL!

2023 Nashville, TN Morel Foray and Music Fest- April 6th-8th, 2023 Full!

2023 Oklahoma Morel Foray and Music Fest– April 14th-16th, 2023 sorry, this event is full!

2023 Missouri Morel Foray– April 21st-23rd, 2023 Only 3 spots left!

2023 Central Illinois Morel Motherload Foray– April 24th-26th, 2023 sorry, this event is full!

2023 Indiana Morel Foray– April 28th-30th, 2023 Only 4 spots left!

2023 Ohio Morel Foray– May 5th-7th, 2023 Only 5 spots left!

2023 Michigan Morel Foray– May 19th-21st, 2023 Only 2 spots left! 

2023 Oregon Morel Foray– May 26th-28th, 2023 Sorry, this event is now FULL!

2023 Washington State Burnsite and Naturals Morel and Porcini Foray 


email me if interested in the following possible events:

    • Morels in Greece March 2024

    • South Carolina Morel Foray?

    • Arkansas Morel Foray? 

    • Vermont Morel Foray?

    • Ontario Canada Morel Foray June 2024

    • Morels in Africa August 2024

    • Porcini/Truffles in Italy September 2024

    • Morels in Chile December 2024


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Call Chris directly at 478-217-5200 and SAVE  ***Chris also does “Private Forays”

(Please Note: you may need to call Chris directly to receive the below discounts that have expired at 478-217-5200)

Completed 2020 Mushroom Forays: 

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Foray Disclaimer

By participating in a foray, realize that we have no control over the weather. Scheduling is done a year in advance with the best possible averages in springtime arrival for each particular area. The event will take place on the dates specified if at all possible, and there will be no changes in timing because of an early or late spring, or because of dry weather, wet weather, extreme heat or cold. In extreme cases, we do want to be as successful as possible, so we have the right to make date changes if necessary in these extreme situations. If a date does change, and in 15 years have only had to do this 3 or 4 times, then you are still locked in as a registered participant, and if you cannot make the new schedule dates, then you will get a free transfer to another foray or the same foray the following season if it is equal value or less, or a free transfer to any other spring or fall foray, there are NO REFUNDS due to date changes. We hunt in the rain, the sunshine, the snow, and in the the drought. Usually we have very good luck, and everyone gets to take home fresh mushrooms, but occasionally mother nature does not cooperate, but we still have a lot of fun, including some great fellowship and food as well. You should also hopefully learn a lot regardless. Whether we find a lot or not, the costs to do these forays remains the same. If you cancel because of an emergency, you can still transfer to another foray for free. There are NO REFUNDS due to you canceling. If you find that something comes up and you cannot make it to a foray you registered for, I will allow you to transfer it to another foray. If I cancel a foray for lack of participation, or some other unforeseen emergency, you will be given a voucher and other nice perks, but I still cannot issue refunds as I barely survive as it is…. Lets hope for the best, and go out and find some mushrooms!
-Chris Matherly


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