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: As of August 16, 2014, Wildacres registration is nearly FULL. Please call registrar before sending forms and registration.

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

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events

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