Brad's Fall Foray


After a long hiatus, Brad’s Fall Foray is Back! 

The Southeastern Missouri MOMS chapter (SEMO) is excited to host Brad’s Fall Foray at the S Bar F Scout Ranch.  The Scout Ranch has over 5,200 acres of pristine woodlands, surrounding the 270-acre Nims Lake.  It has plenty of trails and varied habitat for a great fall foray.  The site is equipped with a wonderful meeting space in the dining hall complete with a commercial kitchen equipped to handle 300 people.  We won’t be crowded this year!

Our featured speakers will be Kerri McCabe on Friday night and our newest local PhD Mycologist, Brian Looney, on Saturday night.   We’ll be offering a variety of skill level forays, as well as interesting workshops on microscopy, mushroom cultivation, mushroom tincture making and dyeing with mushrooms. We’ll be going on a nighttime UV-flashlight walk through the woods as well as offering fun children’s forays and scavenger hunts.  Fun for the whole family!  All this for the incredibly low price of:

  • $90 per adult member, $100 per adult member guest
  • $50 Student
  • Children 12 and under free!

Registration will close on Monday, October 2. 


Housing – S Bar F has a variety of housing options available.  Prices are per person for the entire weekend. Prices are the same for everyone (members, nonmembers, students, children)

Deluxe Cabins (sleeps 4/cabin) - $190/person for entire weekend

2-bedroom cabin complete with full kitchen including a dishwasher and microwave, full bathroom, washer/dryer, air conditioning, WiFi and TV


Family Cabins (sleeps 4/cabin) - $40/person/for entire weekend

2-bedroom, 1 bath cabin with kitchenette and air conditioning


Tent Cabins (sleeps 2/cabin) - $20/person for entire weekend

Canvas tent cabins on a wooded platform with 2 cots per tent cabin near ADA accessible shower house

BYOT - $10/tent for entire weekend

Plenty of space to pitch your own tent with access to shower house and restrooms

Cabins will be assigned on a first come first serve basis and grouped to fit your requests. Please note who you wish to room with, otherwise we will assign a roommate.  Please note the gender you wish to room with.


Workshops – We’ll be offering a variety of optional workshops at the event for a small fee to cover expenses.


Workshop Description


Growing Specialty Mushrooms at Home (3pm Saturday)

Join Mike Snyder for a slideshow explaining many different methods of outdoor, low-tech mushroom cultivation with which he and his wife have had success in the last few years. There will be an optional hands-on portion of the class where participants will assemble their own Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit to take home. The kits will grow gourmet mushrooms in about a month.


Microscopy (1pm Saturday)

Brian Looney will teach us how to best use a microscope for use with mushrooms and mushroom spores, helping you to identify your mushrooms.



Mushroom Tinctures, The Cure is in the Forest (1pm Friday)

Learn the basics of preparing mushrooms including teas and dual extraction tinctures for health and wellness. We will touch on the science of why they work, and a little history on how they work. All participants will be making a medicinal mushroom tincture to bring home. This workshop will be presented by Dawn Lover.


Fungi for Dye (3pm Friday)

Participate in several fungi dye experiments and leave with a deeper understanding of the dye process, history, and potential for art projects and citizen science. Emily Hemeyer will lead the workshop.



Food:  Meals and events will be based out of the Camp Famous Eagle Leadership Hall, complete with an industrial kitchen, walk-in refrigerator, and lots of storage space for your coolers and supplies. MOMS will provide breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, sack lunch on Saturday, and a fabulous dinner by our own forager chef Joey Hafley on Saturday night.  You’ll need to bring 2 potluck dishes to share, one for Thursday night dinner and the other for Friday night. You’ll also need to bring your own lunch for Friday.  Refrigerated items can be stored in the dining lodge walk in refrigerator.


As always, we can’t put on these events without your help.  Here’s a list of volunteer activities for the weekend. When you register you will be allowed to volunteer if you like.

Volunteers Needed

Day Activity Total Needed
Thursday Check-in help 2
Thursday Potluck Dinner set up and clean up 4
Friday Continental Breakfast set up and clean up 4
Friday Potluck Dinner set up and clean up 4
Friday Saturday Sack Lunch Prep 4
Saturday Hot Breakfast set up and clean up 4
Saturday Dinner kitchen helpers 4
Sunday Continental Breakfast Set Up 4
Sunday Camp shut down 6



Important Information


What to bring


All other questions, contact Maxine Stone or Peggy Green (click on their name to message them)




Event Details

Event Date 10-05-2023 3:00 pm
Event End Date 10-08-2023 12:00 pm
Cut off date 10-04-2023 11:55 pm
Registered 45
Fee per person Varies (see registration fees below)
Speaker Brian Looney & Kerri McCabe
Foray Leader Various
Attendance Members and their guests
Registration? Required
Contact Person Maxine Stone/Peggy Green (see description above for links)
Member Registration Fee $90
Nonmember Registration Fee $100
Student Registration Fee $50
Child Registration Fee (12 and under) Free
Location (clickable) S Bar F Ranch
Sponsoring Chapter SEMO

Venue Information - S Bar F Ranch

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