Why should I join NATS? All NATS activities are free and open to the public. NATS members receive a periodic newsletter, postcard or email notification of upcoming events, and the peace of mind that comes with supporting the NATS mission. We have members in 27 states and 7 countries.
How do I join NATS? Annual dues are $15 for individuals (plus $10 for each additional family member), and $20 for international memberships (in US$, please). You can join online, or download a membership form. NATS membership dues (and contributions to the Henry Pavelek Sr. Scholarship Fund) are fully tax-deductable.
Hot off the press: NATS has developed an "Ethical, Sustainable and Common Sense Guide to Harvesting Truffles". By following these guidelines to protect the truffle environment and minimize harvest of immature truffles, we can help to ensure the sustainability of Oregon truffling.
NATS Foray Leader needed: NATS is seeking a volunteer to lead monthly forays a few times a year; you don't need to be able to identify truffles. We have plenty of ideas for foray destinations and it's a great way to meet great people! Contact the trufflemaster if you're interested.
Truffle Dog Training: NATS offers truffle dog training courses periodically, depending on demand. If you are interested, please contact Marilyn Hinds to put your name on the list. We will schedule a training session when we reach quorum, so let us know!
New Oregon law (ORS 164.813) requires a permit to harvest and transport special forest products, including truffles and mushrooms. Deputies are actively enforcing this regulation and violators face substantial fines.
January 25: The 4th annual Joriad Truffle Dog Competition in Eugene initiates two weeks of Oregon Truffle Festival activities.
January 26-28: The main events of the 13th annual Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in and around Eugene, Oregon over three brisk winter days. Created to celebrate the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil, it is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table. Festival events include educational seminars, truffle dog training, field trips, a truffle marketplace, and of course a variety of gourmet food events, culminating in the Grand Truffle Dinner.
February 4 (Sunday) foray: To a site near Burnt Woods, west of Corvallis. This foray will be a truffle dog demonstration with dog trainers Brooke Fochuk and Kelly Slocum. To minimize distractions we request patrons leave their doggies at home for this foray. Site details & diurections will be posted shortly before the foray.
February 6: General meeting, 7:30pm. The speakers will be dog trainers Brooke Fochuk and Kelly Slocum, who will talk about their work with truffle dogs and truffle dog wannabe's. The meeting will be held in room 2087 at Cordley Hall on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Cordley Hall is reached via Orchard Avenue east of 30th Street; click here for a street map. Room 2087 is on the second floor on the south side of the building; click here for a building map. Parking in any of the A1 lots is free after 5pm.
February 16-18: The 13th annual Oregon Truffle Festival culminates with events in Oregon's wine country around the towns of Newberg and Yamhill, including fine dining and truffle foray options.
March 6: General meeting, 7:30pm. The speaker will be Dave Pilz, presenting "Mexican Mycophilia and Mycophagy: A travelogue from the 9th International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms." Join us as consultant and author Dave Pilz leads us on a journey to the high-elevation cloud forests of Central America where mushrooms played important roles in the cultural traditions and daily lives of ancient civilizations. Host to a wide diversity of mushrooms, the Trans Mexican Volcanic belt and its surrounding habitats are populated by remnants of long-ago vanquished native communities who, despite a neartotal destruction of their records of mushroom use at the hands of the conquering Spaniards, retain rich traditions of mushroom harvesting and culinary use to this day. Some communities have indigenous names for hundreds of edible mushrooms which are harvested and eaten with relish. The meeting will be held in room 2087 at Cordley Hall on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Cordley Hall is reached via Orchard Avenue east of 30th Street; click here for a street map. Room 2087 is on the second floor on the south side of the building; click here for a building map. Parking in any of the A1 lots is free after 5pm.
What to Bring to Forays: Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Bring a garden rake ("cultivator") with 4-5 widely spaced tines if you have one; if you don't there are usually extras.
General Meeting Information: Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the Tuesday following the first Saturday of the month, from October to June, in room 2087 at Cordley Hall on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Cordley Hall is reached via Orchard Avenue east of 30th Street; click here for a map. Room 2087 is on the second floor on the south side of the building; click here for a building map. Parking in any of the A1 lots is free after 5pm.
For additions or corrections, please e-mail the webmaster. Please read this website for your answers before making further inquiries. We post foray information as plans develop, and if it's not yet here, it's not yet available. Thanks!