Register for the NAMA 2017 Foray!

Registration is open for the NAMA 2017 Northwoods foray!  Meet with us in the lovely Northwoods of Wisconsin known for massive white pines and old growth that has been fostering mushrooms for centuries.  Stay at the comfortable Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon near Cable, Wisconsin and enjoy state-themed dinners, a terrific lake view and many other wonderful amenities!  For more information and to register check out the NAMA 2017 Northwoods Foray Event.  We look forward to seeing you in September!

Come Celebrate 20 Years of 2017 Wildacres Foray!

September 28- October 1, 2017 | Wildacres, North Carolina

The Wildacres 2017 Foray is scheduled for September 28-October 1. Wildacres Retreat, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, not too far from Spruce Pine, North Carolina, is renowned for the identification of new species to the foray and to the identification of new species to the mushroom kingdom. You will have the opportunity to search for fungi along the creek sides of Armstrong Creek, Linville Falls and Crab Tree Falls, in the highlands of Mount Mitchell, and in many other areas along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Our mycologist for this year is Brandon Matheny, from the University of Tennessee. Brandon’s knowledge of the fungi of the Great Smoky Mountains makes him an absolute asset to our foray. Come join us for this 20th Year Wildacres celebration. This foray is limited to 40 NAMA members. Registration is expected to go quickly this year. More information can be found on our Events page!

2016 Photography Contest Winners

Every year the North American Mycological Association sponsors a photography contest to showcase the wonderful world of mushrooms and mycology. At this years foray at Shenandoah Valley, Virginia the 2016 photography contest winners were announced! Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you everyone who participated in this years contest! We hope to see more of your photography in the future! To see the contest results, visit the 2016 Photography Contest page.

Lichen Basics

Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). The major component is a fungus (mycobiont), hence they are classified as fungi — the vast majority being ascomycetes. Lichens are fungi that have taken up farming, and they are known as lichenized fungi. There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose.
To see the page on Lichens written by Dorothy Smullen, follow this link...

Welcome the new NAMA Secretary


Howard Goltz has been a member of the Minnesota Mycological Society (MMS) since 2011 and serves as their recording secretary and librarian.  He became interested in mushrooms at an early age through his family's Morel forays.  As a retired architect, he has transferred his art and science background to capturing the beauty of mushrooms through photography.  He has recently exhibited his "fungal photos" at the Minneapolis Bakken Museum, along with the botanical art he and his wife create.  They also co-chair the Great River Chapter of Botanical Art's annual exhibit "Inspired by Nature."  His instructional program on "Mushroom Photography" is available to the public on the MMS website: