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.

Wildacres Regional Foray

September 11-14, 2014 | Wildacres Retreat, North Carolina

The Wildacres 2014 Foray is scheduled for September 11-14, 2014. This foray is held at Wildacres Retreat located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, not to far from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Mycologists this year are Brandon Matheny, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Coleman McCleneghan, Appalachian State University. We are very thankful to have these two knowledgeable southern mycologists join us for this foray. 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. This intimate gathering is sought after by professional and amateur mycologists from across the country. Please contact Glenda O'Neal, by email or by phone (423) 246-1882 for more information. Registration fee for this foray is $235 per person and includes three nights lodging and eight meals- double occupancy. Please register soon as this foray is sold out each year. Registration form here! To see a page with more information about NAMA's Wildacres Forays, follow this link...

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

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events

Gulf States Mycological Society Summer Foray

July 11–13, 2014 | Wiggins Mississippi

Wiggins is located between Poplarville and the Pascagoula River. We will be lodged in the Hampton Inn & Suites. Plans are made for food, field trips, and collecting permits. Mycologists will be Dr. Bart Buyck, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France, and his colleague, Dr. Valerie Hofstetter. We will host graduate student Brian Looney of the University of Tennessee, who will present on his Russula studies. Cost is $269/single and $344/double. Deadline for registration is June 28. Details and registration form are posted on our website or contact us by email: dandplewis [at]

Helen Miknis Memorial Foray

July 25-27, 2014 | Mont Alto, Pennsylvania

The Mont Alto campus of Penn State University is headquarters again this year for the Eastern Penn Mushroomers’ Helen Miknis Memorial Foray. Nearby sites in the Michaux and Tuscarora State Forests provide ample opportunities for foraying in a variety of habitats. The Foray begins at noon on Friday, with an early-bird foray Friday afternoon. A full-day foray and several half-day forays will be scheduled on Saturday. John Plischke III will serve as principal identifier, assisted by Dorothy Smullen.

On Friday evening, Plischke will give a presentation on free Internet sources for mushroom identification. Accommodations are in the Penn Gate II dormitory at Penn State Mont Alto. Meals, beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with breakfast on Sunday, will be in the nearby Mill Creek Café on the campus. Registration deadline is July 18, 2014. The registration form is available online at

Eagle Hill Institute Mycology Courses

July 27-August 2, 2014 | Steuben, Maine

"Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms" with instructors Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey. See course decription at

August 10-16, 2014 | Steuben, Maine

"Boletes, the Genus Lactarius, and Other Fungi of New England" with Alan Bessette and Arlene Bessette. Course description can be seen at

August 24-30, 2014 | Steuben, Maine

"Amanitaceae taxonomy: Fundamentals and Microscopy to Barcodes" with Rod Tulloss and Chistina Rodriguez-Caycedo. Course description can be viewed at

2014 NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray

August 7-10, 2014 | Bowdoin College, Maine

The 2014 NEMF Foray features Dr. Seanna Annis, mycologist and plant pathologist at the University of Maine at Orono, who will be the host mycologist. Presenters include Renée Lebeuf, Raymond Archambeault, Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey. For more details and registration, see

Clark Rogerson Foray

September 4-7, 2014 | Copake, NY

COMA’s annual Clark Rogerson Foray will be held at Berkshire Hills Emmanuel Camp in Copake, NY, and is easily accessible from NYC, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. See for information on registration.

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