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NAMA Annual Foray
September 29 - October 2, 2022 | Trout Lodge near Potosi, Missouri

Welcome to registration for the MO-NAMA 2022 Annual Foray, September 29 to October, 2022!

Please carefully read through all of the information below before you go to register, as there's a lot of information to consider to maximize your experience!

This event is open to NAMA members only, so you and all attendees you include on your registration must be current NAMA members. If you are coming with a spouse/partner, children or other dependents, great! They can easily be listed as members on your membership by logging into your member record, scrolling down to the bottom of the page and following the prompts to "add cross-referenced member." If you have any trouble with this, please contact us at [email protected]

NAMA’s 2022 Annual Foray will be held at Trout Lodge YMCA Resort in Potosi, Missouri, (sister property to last year’s Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado), located about 90 minutes (81.5 miles) from St Louis. Shuttle transportation to and from the airport will be available on Thursday and Sunday.

Trout Lodge is gorgeously nestled among 6,000 acres of gently rolling Ozark-foothills oak, red pine and sycamore forest, adjacent to the Mark Twain National Forest, about 15 minutes from the town of Potosi. Our buses will leave from the parking lots near the lodges for our half-day and full-day forays on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday mornings and afternoons.

What will we find at that time of the year, you ask? Here’s a list provided by venerable NAMA member, renowned author and south-central North American mycologist and President of the NAMA-affiliated Arkansas Mycological Society Jay Justice who, along with NAMA Institutional Trustee Dr. Andrew Methven, will serve as one of two Chief Mycologists for our event! Both of these engaging, brilliant people have extensive experience as Chief Mycologists for Missouri Mycological Society (MOMS) and NAMA going back many years and we are fortunate to have both confirmed to lead this event. We are also delighted to have engaged MSA NAMA Scholarship recipients Mara DeMers and Rachel Swenie, as well as Cornelia Cho, lichenologist Natalie Howe, Andy MillerHenry Beker and Jon Sommer (whose capable club leadership delivered us last year's fungal fiesta)! Rounding out the roster are local mycomarvel Mike Snyder, who is also committed to lead our cultivation workshops, while the astonishing watercolorist and longtime NAMA foray fave Denis Benjamin is on tap to teach and inspire with his artistic expertise.

The area abounds in interesting and also in delicious edible fungi, including the following species:

  • Ringed Honey Mushroom (Armillaria mellea) and the Ringless Honey Mushroom (Desarmillaria caespitosa)
  • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)
  • Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) and the Comb Tooth (H. coralloides)
  • Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica) (good chance of finding some specimens of this fungus)
  • Hedgehog Mushrooms (members of the genus Hydnum) – we have several species of this genus in MO.
  • Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) – most definitely
  • Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis spathulata) – good chance of seeing some of these
  • Black Trumpets (Craterellus fallax) – there is a fairly good chance of some of these being found
  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus and/or C. corallinus, C. "lateritius" and also Craterellus ignicolor)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon pyriforme, L. perlatum, Calvatia cyathiformis, C. craniiformis)
  • Of course, we will also be on the lookout for many other mushrooms, including but not limited to the following:
  • Boletes, perhaps including Imleria pallida Butyriboletus frostii, Boletus curtisii, Aureoboletus innixus, A. aurioporus, Leccinum longicurvipes, Strobilomyces spp., Tylopilus and Xanthoconium spp.
  • Coral Fungi such as Artomyces pyxidatus, various species of Clavaria, Clavariadelphus and Ramaria - Milky Caps (Lactarius) – several species including L. paradoxus and L. chelidonium as well as L. imperceptus and L. chrysorrheus
  • Amanita species, including Amanita polypyramis, A. brunnescens, members of the A. amerirubescens (the American Blusher) complex and the Yellow Blusher (A. flavorubens)