NAMA Annual and Regional Forays

NAMA Blue Ridge Foray 2015
September 24–27, 2015 | Black Mountain, NC


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.

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. Our mycologist for this year is Andy Methven! We are so excited to have Andy back with us. Other noted mycologists will also be in attendance.

REGISTRATION FOR THE FORAY IS (NEARLY) FULL! and a wait list is forming. Please contact Glenda O'Neal, by email or by phone (423) 246-1882 before registering. Registration fee for this foray is $235 per person and includes three nights lodging and eight meals double occupancy. Registration form here!

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

Highlands Biological Station Summer Course:

Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fleshy Fungi & Their Identification
July 27–31, 2015 | Highlands, North Carolina

Richard Baird, PhD, Mississippi State University, Professor in Plant and Forest Mycology, and Jay Justice, a free-range, free-lance, field mycologist will be teaching a five-day workshop titled Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fleshy Fungi & Their Identification, July 27-31, 2015 at Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, North Carolina.

This course is designed to familiarize the beginning mushroom enthusiast with the biology and ecology of fleshy fungi within the different forest types of Highlands, NC and the surrounding area. Students will learn the basics of macrofungi identification to genus level, using selected keys for macroscopic and microscopic features. Students will practice using microscopes and preparing slides in order to become proficient with using microscopes and preparing fungal tissues properly for identification. Daily activities will include lectures and field trips followed by laboratory time for the remainder of each day.

Approximate costs to participate in this workshop will be $400 for tuition and $100–$150 for on-site housing. Interested parties are invited to visit for more information and for information on housing for this workshop.

2015 NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray
July 30–August 2, 2015 | Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

Please join the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society (CVMS) at the 2015 NEMF Sam Ristich Foray at Connecticut College, located in the historic seaport of New London, CT. The beautiful 750 acre arboretum campus of Connecticut College overlooks Long Island Sound and the Thames River. The site includes natural areas of oak, hemlock, beech, bogs and tidal marshes. We will also visit the pine/spruce forests of James L. Goodwin State Forest, the mixed forest along the river at Devil's Hopyard State Park and Nehantic State Forest. CVMS has conducted many successful forays in these locations, even in dry conditions.

We are excited to have the following faculty at NEMF this year: Alan and Arleen Bessette, Gary Lincoff, Renee LeBeuf, John Plischke III, Roz Lowen, Walt Sturgeon, and Rod Tulloss. Other regional mycologists will also participate. In addition, art displays will include Marty Klein as our featured artist, whose beautiful scanography of mushrooms will be on view and for sale.

Connecticut College is located on Rt. 32 in New London (exit 83 from I-95N or exit 84N from I-95S). It is 2 hours from Boston; 3 hours from New York City. Amtrak and Greyhound Bus service is available. Providence, RI and Bradley International Airports are an hour’s drive. To register and for more information, follow this link to the CVMS registration form:

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. Our guest mycologists will include Michael Kuo, author of Morels and 100 Edible Mushrooms, and co-author of 100 Cool Mushrooms and Mushrooms of the Midwest.

Each day will be a separate activity and priced accordingly. Attendees will have the choice of attending any or all of the activities. Housing for the event will be the responsibility of the attendee. More details and registration form are available on our website:

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