NAMA Annual and Regional Forays

NAMA Shenandoah Foray 2016
September 8–11, 2016| Front Royal, VA

REGISTRATION FOR THE FORAY IS NOW OPEN.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Please join us for the NAMA 2016 Shenandoah Foray located in the unique environment of the bio-regions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We will be stationed at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center  just minutes from Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail, and just 60 miles from Washington, DC's Dulles Airport.

We'll explore rolling hills, mountain streams, and hardwood forests that make up some of the over 200,000 acres of protected land in the beautiful Shenandoah mountains and Shenandoah Valley. Come find out why they say Virginia is for lovers!

Our chief mycologist will be Walt Sturgeon, well-known field mycologist and author.  Foray hosted by The Mycological Association of Washington DC and the New River Valley Mushroom Club

To learn more about the foray and to register:  click here...

NAMA Wildacres Regional Foray
August 18–21, 2016 | Wildacres Retreat, NC

The 2016 Wildacres Foray is scheduled for August 18-21, 2016. Wildacres Retreat located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, not to far from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Wildacres 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 and Crab Tree Falls, in the highlands of Mount Mitchell, and in many other areas along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Dr. Andrew Methven will be Chief Mycologist.

Please contact Glenda O'Neal, by email or by phone (423) 863-2742 for more information. Registration fee for this foray is $240 per person double occupancy and includes three nights lodging and eight meals. Registration form here! To see a page with more information about NAMA's Wildacres Forays, follow this link... Limited to 40 NAMA members.

In-Depth Course on Lactarius
September 12–15, 2016 | Wildacres Retreat, NC

NAMA is pleased to announce an in-depth class on the genus Lactarius, to be taught by Dr. Andrew Methven at Wildacres Retreat, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Participants will develop an in-depth appreciation of the classification and phylogeny of Lactarius species that occur in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of macro- and micro-morphological features in the identification of taxa. The daily routine will consist of a morning lecture followed by a field trip until early or mid-afternoon. Collections will be examined and identified after returning from the field and an opportunity provided to assemble a collection of dried specimens. The laboratory will remain open in the evenings for additional work on collections.

Attendees must be NAMA members, have basic fungal microscopy knowledge and provide their own microscopes and necessary materials. Class is limited to ten (10) participants. Cost per person is $250. The registration deadline is August 1, 2016. For more information and to register, contact Glenda O'Neal by email or by phone (423)-863-2742.

Note: NAMA membership is required to attend annual and regional forays.

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events

Eagle Hill Institute
July 3–9, 2016 | Steuben, ME

Lichens and Lichen Ecology; David Richardson and Mark Seaward. Follow this link for more information...

NEMF 40th Annual Foray
July 28–31, 2016 | Fitchburg, MA

The 40th NEMF (Northeast Mycological Federation) Annual Sam Ristich Foray will be held at Fitchburg State University in central Massachusetts close to the New Hampshire border. The theme of the foray will be "The Role of Fungi in the Ecosystem". Faculty includes David Hibbett as chief mycologist, as well as Rick Van de Poll, Gary Lincoff, Bill Neill, Roz Lowen, Jason Karakehian, Renée Lebeuf, Dorothy Smullen, Walter Sturgeon, Bill Yule, Noah Siegel, John Plischke III, Dave Malloch, and artists Carol Govan and Pat Buchanan. registration is now open at http://nemf.org/2016-nemf-foray.html. Hosted by the Boston Mycological Club.

Eagle Hill Institute
July 31–August 6, 2016 | Steuben, ME

ID for New Mycophiles; Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey. Follow this link for more information...

Annual COMA Clark Rogerson Foray
September-22-25 , 2016 | Copake, NY

The 37th Clark Rogerson Foray will once again be held at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, which features 640 wooded acres and many nearby parks. Our chief mycologist will be Alan Bessette, author of North American Boletes: A Color Guide To the Fleshy Pored Mushrooms; Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America, and many other books about mushrooms. Check for updates and registration online at www.comafungi.org.

16th Annual Gary Lincoff Foray
September 24, 2016 | Allegheny County, PA

The Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club’s 16th Annual Gary Lincoff Foray will be held on Saturday, September 24, at The Rose Barn in Allegheny County’s North Park. This year’s program will be a single-day event featuring Gary Lincoff and Guest Mycologist Dr. Nicholas Money. In addition, WPMC President Richard Jacob will present an update of the Club's DNA barcoding program. The day will include guided walks, mushroom identification tables, a cooking demo, sales table, authors’ book signing, auction and legendary Mushroom Feast. Registration is now open at: http://wpamushroomclub.org/lincoff-foray/.

Eagle Hill Institute
August 7–13, 2016 | Steuben, ME

Slime Molds: Miniature Marvels of Nature; Steven Stephenson. Follow this link for more information...

Eagle Hill Institute
August 21–27, 2016 | Steuben, ME

Polypores and Other Wood-Inhabiting Fungi; Thomas Volk. Follow this link for more information...

17th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium
October 17–22, 2016 | Madeira Park, British Columbia

Mushroom dyers from all over the world will gather on BC's Sunshine Coast this fall for the 17th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium, hosted by the Sunshine Coast Society for the Hunting, Recognition and Observation of Mushrooms (SHROOM). Workshops will range from West Coast-inspired sessions, such as weaving baskets from cedar bark or learning survival skills from a self-described "bushman"; to mushroom-related classes (basic ID, the chemistry of mushroom pigments, crafting jewelry with Trametes versicolor); to fibre workshops (felt-ing whimsical mushrooms, spinning with a drop spindle, Nuno felting). Evenings will feature gourmet meals, complete with presentations or entertainment. Guest speakers and foray leaders include Daniel Winkler, who will talk about some of his exotic finds, and Paul Kroeger, with his presentation on the mushrooms of Haida Gwaii.

Registration includes gourmet lunches and special evening meals, choice of workshops/forays, along with a few pleasant surprises. Registration opens March 1; early registration is recommended. Details can be found at http://fungiandfibre2016.org.

The 9th annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival will be held October 14-16, for those who may wish to arrive early and rub shoulders with members of the Sunshine Coast Society for the Hunting, Recognition and Observation of Mushrooms (SHROOM).  More information can be found here.
Note: These events are sponsored by NAMA affiliated clubs and listed as a courtesy to our members.