Mushroom Dyes & Papermaking

Our new section on Mushroom Dyes & Papermaking includes basic information on how to prepare dye baths, which mushrooms and polypores are best for creating a spectrum of color, and how to make paper from bracket fungi. The section is an homage to pioneer Miriam C. Rice, whose work in the early 1970s in Northern California began an era of experimentation and teaching. This material was written by teachers and pioneers who followed in Miriam’s footsteps, including Susan Hopkins and Dorothy Smullen. Dorothy Beebee, who illustrated several books for Miriam, also contributed a page of History and Art of Mushrooms for Color.  To see pages on paper making from fungi, follow this link...


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NAMA 2015 Blue Ridge Foray

September 24-27, 2015 | Black Mountain, North Carolina

REGISTRATION FOR THE FORAY IS FULL! See you at the foray!!!

The Asheville Mushroom Club and the Mushroom Club of Georgia are co-hosting our next annual foray. The foray will take place September 24-27, 2015, at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. We’ll be based at a beautiful conference center situated on 1,200 acres of wooded mountainside surrounded by mountain streams, wildflowers, ridges, coves, and spectacular views. This section of the Appalachians is one of the most biologically diverse forest communities in the world; it contains half of all the tree species known in the USA and includes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where about 2,500 species of fungi have been identified.

Asheville Regional Airport is an easy 30 mile drive away. Nearby Asheville (18 miles) is a destination in itself, noted for its Art Deco buildings, art galleries and craft stores, and more than 15 craft breweries.

Alan Bessette will serve as our foray Chief Mycologist. To find bios and photos of our presenters, please follow this link...

Book Reviews!

What are the most recently published field guides? How did our reviewers rate them? What should you have in your library? We have taken book reviews from the past two years which were published in The Mycophile and gathered them all in one section for your perusal. Learn more…


Highlighted Affiliated Club

Read about our affiliated clubs and their activities! And be sure to let the world know about your club.  Learn more…


New NAMA Warning Poster

NAMA has created a new poison poster to help prevent poisonings. These should be placed in local parks where deadly mushrooms are found and where people unfamiliar with them might be tempted to make a meal.
This version of the warning poster has updated information and contacts for Poison Control in the US and Canada. We also left space near the bottom for clubs to add a line with your own contact information.  You can download a full-sized (11"x17") version on the Poisonings page.


Read more about mushroom poisonings...