NAMA

Mission and Purpose

The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists with over 80 affiliated mycological societies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

  • NAMA is committed and dedicated to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi.
  • NAMA supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity.
  • NAMA advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorse the responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.

What NAMA Does

Conferences — Holds an annual conference/foray in different parts of North America, often with short courses in mycology, always with lectures by professional mycologists.
Regional forays — Sponsors intimate gatherings limited to 40 NAMA members where learning and social time are encouraged.
Newsletter — Publishes The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notice of events of interest to members, reviews of recent books, and poison information.
Journal — Publishes McIlvainea, a peer reviewed journal, with scientific papers on all aspects of fungi, toxicology reports, and topics of general interest - with articles by leading professional and amateur mycologists.
Photo Contest — Conducts an annual photo contest and publishes the results.
Educational Programs — Provides teaching kits and activities for K-12 grade levels and professionally produced CDs for club use.
Scholarship — NAMA funds an annual fellowship with the Mycological Society of America to promising graduate students in mycology.
Speakers Bureau — Maintains a list of over 50 speakers who are available to give programs for affiliated clubs.
Toxicology — Provides expertise in mushroom poisioning information on the web and through a group of identifiers for doctors and veterinarians.
Directories — Publishes an annual directory of members and mushroom clubs.
Discussion groups — One for members and one for those interested in mushroom cultivation.
 
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How We Started

The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is an organization of amateur mycologists, originally organized as the People-to-People Committee on Fungi in November 1959. Harry S. Knighton (1915-1999) of Portsmouth, Ohio was the founder and first chairman. From it's inception, members saw the need for an independent organization devoted to amateur mycology. The North American Mycological Association was founded on February 20, 1967. With missionary zeal and great energy, Harry Knighton produced a newsletter, The Mycophile, from 1960, organized the first foray in Scioto County, Ohio in 1961, and expanded the organization’s membership nationally and internationally through a wide network of contacts.

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