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The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists with over 78 affiliated mycological societies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. See details below for membership information, how to join through an affiliated club, etc.

  • NAMA is committed and dedicated to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi.
  • NAMA supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity.
  • NAMA advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorse the responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.
Morchella, Todd Elliottphoto contest winnercharles fonaas

Why you should join NAMA

  • Increase your knowledge of mushrooms and other fungi.
  • Keep informed about activities in the field of mycology.
  • Be in contact with people who have a similar interest in mycology, whether it is taxonomy, ecology, toxicity, mycophagy or the many other practical uses of fungi.

What NAMA Does

Conferences — Holds an annual conference/foray in different parts of North America, often with short courses in mycology, always with lectures by professional mycologists.
Regional forays — Sponsors intimate gatherings limited to 40 NAMA members where learning and social time are encouraged.
Newsletter — Publishes The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notice of events of interest to members, reviews of recent books, and poison information.
Journal — Publishes McIlvainea, a peer reviewed journal, with scientific papers on all aspects of fungi, toxicology reports, and topics of general interest - with articles by leading professional and amateur mycologists.
Photo Contest — Conducts an annual photo contest and publishes the results.
Educational Programs — Provides teaching kits and activities for K-12 grade levels and professionally produced CDs for club use.
Scholarship — NAMA funds an annual fellowship with the Mycological Society of America to promising graduate students in mycology.
Speakers Bureau — Maintains a list of over 50 speakers who are available to give programs for affiliated clubs.
Toxicology — Provides expertise in mushroom poisoning information on the web and through a group of identifiers for doctors and veterinarians.
Directories — Publishes an annual directory of members and mushroom clubs.
Discussion groups — One for members and one for those interested in mushroom cultivation.

Faculty participants at NAMA 2012, Scotts Valley, California

There is much more on the NAMA website including the only updated directory of mushroom clubs in North America, a comprehensive section on mushroom cultivation, a calendar of upcoming events, and more.


$25 members of affiliated clubs
$30 individual/family membership
$30 individual/household membership outside North America
$15 student membership
$60 sustaining membership
$500 life membership

Pay dues by check

Send your name, address (zip +4 please), home and work telephone number(s), email address, and check payable to NAMA to:

Christy Ecsedy
2647 Berlin Farm Road
Export PA 15632

To join NAMA directly, download the membership form (pdf), enclose a check payable to NAMA, and mail to Christy Ecsedy at the address above.

All dues must be paid in US Currency only!

Joining NAMA through an Affiliated Club

An Affiliated Club provides its members the option to join NAMA at a discounted annual rate.

Those choosing to join NAMA through an Affiliated Club should contact that club directly for details. You may pay dues online or send dues directly to the NAMA Membership Secretary. Be sure to include your club name to receive the discounted rate.

Note: Membership covers up to two adults living at the same address.

Joining NAMA directly

Send your name, address (zip + 4 please); home, work and cell phone number(s), email address, and $30 (for unaffiliated members inside or outside North America) wanting electronic delivery of The Mycophile to the address above. Annual membership dues outside North America are $55 for mail delivery of our publications. Dues are payable in US dollars.

Become a NAMA Affiliated Club

Affiliated club dues are $30 or $0.12 per member (whichever is larger). Clubs with over 250 members pay $0.12 cents per member. Please contact Christy Ecsedy for more information. She will need the club name, address, website, email and phone contact.