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NAMA Education Resources

NAMA provides a wide spectrum of educational materials for teachers and naturalists, as well as media for affiliated clubs to enrich meetings — from an introduction to mycology to a detailed overview of the fleshy Ascomycetes.

Materials for Teaching Mycology

Inspire kids from kindergarten through high school to learn the science of mushrooms. NAMA's teaching materials are best suited for use in a classroom, nature center, science museum, or focused study group. The materials include lesson plans, field trip activities, references, and games. There is a simple Basic 45 Minute Lesson on Fungi, with instructions and supporting material. There is also a new alternative Lesson Plan for grades K-12. Also included is an extensive list of references: literature, books and field guides, and online resources. More about teaching mycology...

Mushroom Teaching Kits

NAMA's Education Committee has created two Mushroom Teaching Kits, one for the Eastern United States and one for the Western United States. The kits include slides, books, posters, dried fungi samples, spore prints, mushroom-dyed wool samples, drawings suitable for coloring, and printed materials. They may be rented - with a discount for members and affiliated clubs. The kits have been used successfully in classrooms at science museums, at mushroom fairs, and at the college level. Learn more about the teaching kits...

Mushroom Teaching References

We have carefully selected fiction and non-fiction books for young people, and reference books on fungi.

Online Teaching Resources

On this page, you will find the best websites for teaching and learning more about fungi. The links include professional and general websites, along with links to specific internet directories.

Programs for Loan

NAMA has over 50 programs for use by individual members and affiliated clubs, and some may be borrowed by the general public. These programs range from introductory to advanced, from Mushrooms for Paper, to Mushrooms in Kansas. This is a terrific resource for deepening your understanding of specific genera, and a great way to provide an instant program for club meetings, all available for a nominal fee. See a list of available programs...

Higher Education Programs

Contact us to be alerted to college level courses and workshops designed to expand your knowledge of the Kingdom of Fungi.