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The principal means by which Ohio Moss and Lichen Association advances knowledge of cryptogam distribution in our state is by going on collecting forays to the best natural areas in targeted counties. We often choose counties that haven’t been well explored yet. We generally have two forays each year: one in late Spring or Summer, and the other in early Fall. Most often, the Fall Foray is a two-day excursion, with an overnight stay at a location that includes having a “scope room” set up as a lab for early identification of our finds (and a fun social time as well).

On an informal rotating basis, volunteer pairs of OMLA members plan and coordinate each foray into a county they find intriguing. They will also compile the results and write them up for our newsletter (OBELISK).

(links to separate foray pages)

OMLA in Guernsey County. September 23, 2023

OMLA in Warren County. June 17, 2023

OMLA in Athens County. September 24, 2022

OMLA in Sandusky County. June 18, 2022

OMLA in Lake County. September 25, 2021

OMLA at Raven Rocks. June 19, 2021.

OMLA at Noble County

OMLA at Goll Woods. June 13, 2020.

Fall 2019 foray to Ashtabula County OH and Pymatuning PA

OMLA at Wood County, June 2019

OMLA at Crane Hollow. September, 2018

OMLA at Wayne County June 2018

OMLA at Burr Oak State Park, Morgan County.

OMLA at Dawes Arboretum, Licking County. June 2017.

OMLA at Miami County. October 1, 2016.

Summer Foray to Carroll County. July 16, 2016.

OMLA Fall Foray to Montgomery County. October 2-3, 2015.

OMLA Spring Foray to Brown County. June 13-14, 2015.

Sunday morning at Straight Creek Preserve, Pike County, Ohio.

OMLA Fall Foray to Adams and Pike Counties. October 3-5, 2014.

OMLA Spring Foray 2014 to Pickaway County

2014 OMLA Spring Foray 2014 to Pickaway County.

OMLA Columbiana-group-serious

2013 OMLA Fall Foray to Columbiana County.

OMLA Allen group

2013 OMLA Spring Foray to Allen County.

OMLA Fall Foray to Monroe County

2012 OMLA Fall Foray to Monroe County.

OMLA visits Fayette County. June 9, 2012.

2012 OMLA Spring Foray to Fayette County.

2011 fall Foray to Crawford and Morrow Counties

2011 fall Foray to Crawford and Morrow Counties

2011 Spring foray to Defiance County

2011 Spring foray to Defiance County

2010 Fall Foray to Muskingum County

2010 Summer Foray to Henry and Putnam Counties


2009 Fall Foray to Meigs County


2009 Summer Foray to Darke County


2008 Fall Foray to Erie County


2008 Summer Foray to Gallia County

Chimney Rocks

2007 Fall Foray to Pike and Ross Counties

OMLA group 30Sep06 Washington Cty OH

2006 Fall Foray to Washington County

OMLA 15 Jul06 Lookout Rock Vinton County

2006 Summer Foray to Vinton County

OMLA October 1, 2005 Lake Vesuvius Lawrence County Ohio

2005 Fall Foray to Lawrence and Jackson Counties

Roche de Boeuf

2005 Summer Foray to Lucas County

OMLA at Edge in October, 2004

2004 Fall Foray to Adams County