North American Mycological Association

NAMA Annual and Regional Forays

NAMA Blue Ridge Foray 2015

Blue Ridge Foray 2015

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

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. Registration will open in the Spring, so stay tuned!

Wildacres Regional Foray

September 17-20, 2015 | Wildacres Retreat, NC

The Wildacres 2015 Foray is scheduled for September 17-20, 2015. Wildacres Retreat located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, not to far from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. 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.

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. Registration form here! To see a page with more information about NAMA's Wildacres Forays, follow this link...

Limited to 40 NAMA members. Registration will go quickly this year with the NAMA annual foray in the same area the following weekend.

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

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events

Helen Miknis Memorial Foray

July 24-26, 2015 | Mont Alto, Pennsylvania

Again this year, the Mont Alto campus of Penn State University will serve as headquarters for the Eastern Penn Mushroomers’ Helen Miknis Memorial Foray. Nearby sites in the Michaux and Tuscarora state forests provide ample opportunities for foraying in a variety of habitats. The Foray begins at noon on Friday, with an early-bird foray Friday afternoon. A full-day foray and several half-day forays will be scheduled on Saturday. David Wasilewski will serve as principal identifier, assisted by Dorothy Smullen. On Friday evening Mr. Wasilewski will give a presentation; the rest of the time is devoted to identification of finds. Sunday morning will be devoted to a review of the collection.

Accommodations will be in the Penn Gate II dormitory at Penn State Mont Alto. This is not your father’s dormitory; accommodations are in four-person, two-bedroom suites with microwaves and mini-refrigerators and the work area for the foray will be in the public areas of the dormitory. Meals, beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with breakfast on Sunday, will be in the nearby Mill Creek Café on the campus. (This is not your father’s dorm cafeteria either. The food is the best on-campus food we’ve had at a foray.)

Registration deadline for the Foray is July 17, 2015. Registration form and detail found here.

15th Annual Gary Lincoff Mushroom Foray

September 18-20, 2015 | North Park, Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club would like to announce the 15th Annual Gary Lincoff Mushroom Foray. The event starts with a walk on Friday, led by Gary Lincoff, in Cook State Forest, an 8,500 acre old-growth forest near Clarion. On Saturday, more activities near North Park, with walks, presentations, auction, sales, and a mushroom feast. Identification will be the focus on Sunday (with microscopes and reagents available), along with a half-day program devoted to DNA-based identification of fungi. Updates will be posted on the club website:

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