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The Fantastic World of Fungi

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NAMA has a booth at an upcoming STEM Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, April 26-27, 2014. Our theme is The Fantastic World of Fungi, where kids of all ages can learn about the beauty, smell, color and shapes of fungi. Kids and adults will have an opportunity to talk with a mycologist and learn about the underground symbiotic network between trees and fungi, which provides an active pathway for exchange of nutrients, water and sugars. Our exhibit will explain how mushrooms are used for food, recycling nutrients, building materials, in art, for dyes and papermaking.

Visit NAMA's booth at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival: Hall DE, Booth Number 6037

Teachers will be introduced to The Fungus Files: An Educator's Guide to Fungi K-6, an incredibly accessible model of interdisciplinary ecological education. The Fungus Files is packed with dynamic and diverse activities easily adaptable to students of all ages, learning styles and ability levels.

Many thanks to the Mycological Association of Washington (DC) and Connie Durnan for helping coordinate our participation in this event.

Paul Stamets Receives NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology

Paul Stamets

Not only has Paul Stamets contributed extraordinarily to the advancement of amateur mycology, but he serves as a potent role model for amateur mycologists that we, too, can achieve well beyond our imagined potential in the exciting fields of mushroom taxonomy, cultivation, medicinal mushrooms, and myco-remediation. In addition, there is a long list of Paul’s help to mushroom clubs, including NAMA, and we are deeply grateful that so accomplished an amateur mycologist, so prominently recognized now in circles few of us travel in, and has maintained a close mycelial network with NAMA and with the North American mycological community at large.

For more information about Paul, see his bio on the Fungi.com website. Visit Paul's YouTube channel, and see his newest video, "The Garden Giant & "Mycototes".

Same Low Dues in 2014!

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Lend a hand through citizen science

Notes From Nature

photo courtesy NotesFromNature.org © 2013

The New York Botanic Garden, in partnership with NotesFromNature.org has launched a new website to enlist citizen scientists in an effort to transcribe herbarium records for macrofungi! Thousands of specimen images, labels and ledgers from museum collections have been scanned. These contain records information about the where and when a species was found in the past. We need you to help us transcribe that data and make it available for further use in biodiversity and conservation research. Start transcribing today!


NAMA is committed to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi.

NAMA supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity.

We advocate the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorse responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.