NAMA Annual and Regional Forays

NAMA Regional Foray in Arizona
August 10–13, 2017| Sunrise Park Resort near Greer, AZ

This event will take place at 9,000 feet amidst the cool, rainy mixed-conifer forests of Arizona's White Mountains. From mid-July to early September, it is common for 20 inches or more of rain to fall in the Southwestern monsoon at high elevations, and fungal fruiting is typically at its peak in early August. We will be looking for fungi in multiple biomes, from the secotioid species of the Sonoran Desert, to the white king boletes and Southwestern Caesar's amanitas of the ponderosa pine forests, to the remarkably diverse explosion of macrofungi found among the fir and spruce surrounding the hotel where we will be based.
For More Information: Arizona Mushroom Society
To Register: Event Registration

NAMA Northwoods Foray 2017
September 7–10, 2017| Cable, WI

Registration is now open for the NAMA Northwoods Foray to be held in northwestern Wisconsin. Plan to attend! Attendance is limited to 350 and you must be a NAMA member. Registration to this event will include lodging at Lakewood Resort, all meals, and all programs, presentations, and forays.
Find out more about the event and register soon:

The Wildacres Regional Foray - Celebrating 20 Years
September 28 - October 1, 2017 | Wildacres, NC

The Wildacres 2017 Foray is scheduled for September 28-October 1. Wildacres Retreat, located just of 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.
Chief Mycologist: Brandon Matheny, University of Tennessee
Registration Fee: $250 per person and includes lodging for three nights and eight meals double occupancy. Limited to 40 NAMA members.
Notice: Registration is nearly full, if you're planning to register please contact Glenda O'Neal @ (423) 863-2742 or
Important: Please date checks for Sept. 28, 2017.
Retreat Center Information:
Registration Form: Click Here to download 

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events


Gulf States Mycological Society Winter Foray
December 1-3, 2017 | Camp Hardtner, Louisiana

The Gulf States Mycological Society will host their semi-annual foray at Camp Hardtner, Louisiana, December 1st through December 3rd, 2017. This year the Chief Mycologist will be Dr. Rod Tulloss, a world-renowned Amanita expert, with the Herbarium Rooseveltensis Amanitarum, Roosevelt, New Jersey. This foray’s hosted student will be Stephanie Bulls from the University of South Alabama at Mobile. Come out and enjoy field trips to the Kisatchie National Forest, Kisatchie Unit, and to the Camp Hardtner property.
Chief Mycologist: Dr. Rodham Tulloss


Gulf States Mycological Society Semi-Annual Summer Foray
July 7-9, 2017 | Wiggins, Mississippi

The Gulf States Mycological Society will be hosting their semi-annual summer foray in Wiggins, Mississippi July 7th through July 9th, 2017. This year the attending Chief Mycologist will be Dr. Juan Luis Mata from the University of South Alabama at Mobile. This years hosted student will be Stacie Carr from the University of South Alabama at Mobile. Come out and enjoy field trips to the Pascagoula River wildlife Management Area and "Shroomdom" a member owned forest and cultivation laboratory.
Chief Mycologist: Dr. Juan Luis Mata


The 9th Annual International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms
July 10-14, 2017 | Texcoco, Mexico

IWEMM is the major international convention that brings together the experts on diversity, ecology, biotechnology and cultivation of truffles and other edible fungi ectomycorrhizal worldwide since 1998. Texcoco is a small town, located only 28 Km from Mexico City international airport, with a population of 275,000 people distributed in 50 small villages with abundant oak, fir and pine forests nearby.



Helen Miknis Memorial Foray
August 4-6, 2017 | Mont Alto, Pennsylvania

The Eastern Penn Mushroomers' Helen Miknis Memorial Foray for 2017 will be headquartered at the Mont Alto campus of Penn State University.  Forays will explore nearby sites in the Michaux and Tuscarora state forests, providing a variety of habitats.  We can arrive anytime after noon on Friday, August 4, with an early-bird foray Friday afternoon, usually going out sometime around 2pm to a close site or two.  A full-day foray and several half-day forays will be scheduled on Saturday, depending on the desires of the participants. Dorothy Smullen will return as principal identifier, ably assisted once more by Paula Desanto.  

Accommodations will be in the Penn Gate II dormitory.  Registration deadline for the foray is July 25, 2017. Registration and more information can be found online at  A registration form can also be downloaded from NAMA here: 2017 Miknis Memorial Foray Registration Form


Mushrooms of The Southern Appalachians: Identification & Ecology
August 14-18, 2017 | The Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC

Instructors: Alan and Arleen Bessette
Class size limited to 14.  For more information please visit


17th Annual Gary Lincoff Foray
Saturday September 16th, 2017 | North Park, McCandless Township, PA


The Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club is pleased to announce that its 17th Annual Gary Lincoff Foray will take place on Saturday, September 16, at North Park near Pittsburgh. Our Guest Mycologist (in addition to Gary Lincoff) will be Robert Chang, Managing Director & Chief Truffle Officer of the American Truffle Company. We plan to combine this with a walk and mushroom collection in Cook Forest State Park on the Friday. For more information please visit
Location: Rose Barn – Allegheny County’s North Park, Pearce Mill Rd, McCandless Township, PA, 15101
Guest Mycologist: Robert Chang


Amanitaceae Seminar with Dr. Rob Tulloss
Sunday, September 24-29, 2017 Wildacres, NC

Dr, Rod Tulloss will hold a four and a half day seminar at Wildacres prior the Regional foray in September. The class will begin at noon on Sunday, September 24 and move to Wildacres on Monday, continuing through Thursday.

The emphasis of the seminar will be on the genetics of the Amanita family. Beginning with the focus on genes as a blueprint to be copied in a four letter alphabet, then moving through mutations, the genetic tools, terminology and applications for sequencing DNA, participants should develop the skills to do their own analyses and enrich their comprehension of this intriguing group. Some of the questions and problems of current methods of sequencing will be reviewed . Many of these techniques should be applicable to other fungal families, with consideration of the particular characteristics of each. Additionally, some field collecting and identification will be part of the course but of a secondary nature.

Attendees must be familiar with fungal microscopy, and able to bring their own microscopes, chemicals and equipment. Since Wildacres is closed on Sunday, participants will be responsible for their Sunday night lodging before moving to the retreat on Mon. All other costs are included in the registration of $250. The seminar is limited to eight members.

Please contact Glenda O?Neal with questions, or to register for this workshop. Phone: (423) 863-2742. Email: glendakoneal[at]

Note: These events are sponsored by NAMA affiliated clubs and listed as a courtesy to our members.