Registration is now open!

Please plan to attend the NAMA 2016 Shenandoah Foray (September 8-11, 2016, Front Royal, VA) located in the unique environment of the bio-regions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We will be stationed at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center  just minutes from Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail, and just 60 miles from Washington, DC's Dulles Airport. Learn more…

Foray Registration Note

Normally, you can view all pages and content on the NAMA website without being logged in. However, to register for the annual foray, you'll need your login and password. If you've forgotten yours, enter your email address on this page: click here to reset your password. Once you ask for a resend, the temporary password needs to be used within three (3) hours. For further assistance, contact Steve Bichler

Lichen Basics

Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). The major component is a fungus (mycobiont), hence they are classified as fungi — the vast majority being ascomycetes. Lichens are fungi that have taken up farming, and they are known as lichenized fungi. There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose.
To see the page on Lichens written by Dorothy Smullen, follow this link...

In-Depth Lactarius Workshop

Would you like to learn more about  the genus Lactarius?  NAMA is offering a small, in-depth workshop September 12-15, 2016, taught by Dr. Andrew Methven at Wildacres Retreat, NC, where we hold our annual regional foray. Participants will develop a deeper appreciation of the classification and phylogeny of Lactarius species that occur in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Attendees must be NAMA members, have basic fungal microscopy knowledge and provide their own microscopes and necessary materials. Class is limited to ten (10) participants. Cost per person is $250. The registration deadline is August 1, 2016. For more information and to register, contact Glenda O'Neal by email or by phone (423)-863-2742.