Bill Russell’s




Most are free and open to everyone. You can buy signed copies of my mushroom book at any of these events:

April 21, 1 PM. Central PA Mushroom Club meeting and pot luck at  Bald Eagle Park.

April 27, 1-3 PM. “Marvelous Morels and Other Spring Mushrooms”, Montour Preserve, Danville, PA. Info: 570-437-3131.

May 11, 2:30-4:00 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk,  Little Pine State Park. 570-753-6005

May 13, 2:00 - 3:00 PM. Wild mushroom talk. TRADITIONS OF AMERICA at Liberty Hill, Boalsburg PA.

May 18, 11 AM to 1 PM. Book signing at Centre County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. Info: 814-355-4897.

May 19, 1 PM Central PA Mushroom Club meeting  at Tuscarora Forest.

June 7, 9:30 - 11:40 AM. Mushroom talk. Park Forest Middle School, State College PA.

June 23,  1 PM.. Central PA Mushroom Club meeting  at Black Moshannon State Park.

July 13, book signing at Penn State Press Bookfest.

July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk. Canoe Creek State Park near Hollidaysburg, PA.

July 20, 2 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk. Raymond B,. Winter State Park. Near Mifflinburg, PA.

July 27, 10 AM. Wild mushroom talk and walk. Mt. Gretna, PA.

August 10, 1:00 -3:00 PM. Wild mushroom talk and walk.  Greenwood Furnace State Park, Huntingdon PA.

August 16-18, Central PA Mushroom Club annual foray at Sieg Center, near Lock Haven, PA. 814-667-1805.

August 17, 1 -3 PM, Mushroom talk and walk for Lycoming Co. Master Gardeners, Montoursville Pa.

September 15, 1 PM. Central PA Mushroom Club meeting at  Clarion. PA

October 20, 1 PM. Central PA Mushroom Club meeting and pot luck at Canoe Creek Park.

November 17,  Central PA Mushroom Club meeting at Whipple Dam State Park.

All about the wild mushrooms (including morels, oyster mushrooms, chanterelles, boletes and other exotic fungi) that grow in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic. states.

My wild mushroom guidebook makes a great  gift for yourself or another mushroomer.  Get it at your local bookstore, at any of my mushroom presentations, or  from these sellers in central PA:

Appalachian Ski & Outdoors, 123 South Allen Street, State College PA

Barnes & Noble 365 Benner Pike, State College PA

Belladonna Herbs, 720 Pike St., Lemont PA

Friendship Bookstore,  325 W Freedom Ave  Burnham PA

Green Drake Gallery, Millheim PA

Homan’s General Store, Potters Mills PA

The Granary, 2766 West college Ave., State College PA

Nature’s Pantry, 2331 Commercial Blvd,State College PA

Shavers Creek Environment Center, 6 miles S of Pine Grove Mills, off Rt 26.

Tait Farm Store, Rt 322, Centre Hall PA

Websters Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave, State College PA

For a copy signed by the author contact Penn State University Press.

Starting Monday, May 6, I will begin my free wild mushroom identification sessions: every Monday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at

Websters Cafe and Bookstore,  133 E Beaver Ave  State College, PA, (814) 272-1410.

Bring what you find.

Or come for coffee and mushroom chatting.



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Grifona frondosa, The Hen of the Woods, or Sheep’s Head mushroom. This is one of the best years for this mushroom.

Sparassis crispa. Also called the Cauliflower Mushroom. If you are lucky to find one of these, you will be delighted with the flavor. It’s one of the best!

Calvatia gigantea, the Giant Puffball. One of these can feed a whole community. You can always slice and dry the excess. Some people love the flavor, others think there are many other better quality edible mushrooms.

Is it legal to gather wild mushrooms in PA State Parks ? Check out the PA Conservation and Natural Resources report, paragraph 11.211 (b) (1).

It clearly states that it IS LEGAL. You may want to print it out and carry it with you when you when you go collecting.

I recently received this clarification of the law from Rory Bower, Reeds Gap State Park manager:

I would ask that you please update the information based upon the following sections of state park regulations: Section 11.211(a)(1) This prohibits the “Cutting, picking, digging, damaging or removing, in whole or in part, a living or dead tree, shrub or plant”. Section11.211(b)(1) states “Gathering edible fruits, nuts, berries and fungi, in reasonable amounts, for one's own personal or family consumption. This permission does not apply to wild plants listed in Chapter 45 (relating to conservation of Pennsylvania native wild plants) as threatened, endangered, rare or vulnerable.”

As you can see, it is permissible to gather only edible fungi in reasonable amounts for one’s own personal or family consumption. Legally, it is not permissible to gather mushrooms for any other purpose in Pennsylvania state parks.