North American Mycological Association

NAMA Forays

NAMA Annual Foray 2014

October 9-12, 2014 | Camp Arnold near Eatonville, WA

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In October, The Puget Sound Mycological Society would like to welcome NAMA members to Washington — the land of lattes, tech companies, grunge music, and of course, mushrooms — to share in our passion for fungi, and to celebrate the memory of our friend and past president Patrice Benson.

Known as the "Evergreen State," Washington is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa and white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar, all of which supports a wide diversity of fungi. We will explore all the traditional aspects of the annual foray with hunting and collecting, identification and taxonomy, mycophagy, toxicology, as well as some artistic endeavors with workshops in dyeing with mycopigments, mushroom-portrait watercolor painting, and photography.

Dr. Steve Trudell will serve as the foray mycologist, and he, along with PSMS past vice president Milton Tam, have arranged an amazing lineup of presenters for 2014. Although the list is not quite finalized, this stellar cast of faculty has already committed: Alissa Allen, Dr. Denis Benjamin, Dr. Michael Beug, Dr. Tom Bruns, Dr. Cathy Cripps, Dr. Jim Ginns, Dr. Bryce Kendrick, Paul Kroeger, Sava Krstic, Dr. Pat Leacock, Dr. Brandon Matheny, Danny Miller, Drew Parker, Dr. Fred Rhoades, Dr. Christine Roberts, Christian Schwarz, Noah Siegel, Dr. Suzanne Simard, Dr. Ann Simpson, Dr. Rob Simpson, Paul Stamets, Dr. Jim Trappe, Dr. Else Vellinga, Sasha Viazmensky, Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, and Dr. Tom Volk.

In addition, a number of current graduate students will be delivering presentations in a student research forum. These include Joshua Birkebak, Vince Hustad, Brian Looney, Marisol Sanchez-Garcia, and Valerie Wong.

Due to an overwhelming response, the annual foray in Eatonville, WA, is now full. For questions, please contact us at

Note: As of June 1, 2014, registration is FULL.

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

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events

Gulf States Mycological Society Winter Foray

December 5–7, 2014 | Crawfordville, Florida

The GSMS Winter Foray 2014 will be held at the Best Western Plus, Crawfordville, FL, 18 miles south of Tallahassee. The Guest Mycologist will be Dr. Matthew Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and curator of the UF Fungal Herbarium, at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr. Smith plans to bring a graduate student who we will host at this foray. Field trips are planned to nearby forest areas. Average cost is $265/single and $352/double. For details and a registration form, go to our website

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