What NAMA is:

  • The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists that includes over 65 mycological societies in the United States and Canada.

  • 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.

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 the United States,
    often with short courses in mycology, always with lectures by professionals

  • Newsletter — Publishes six issues per year of a newsletter, The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notice of events of interest to members, reviews of recent books, and poison information.

  • Journal — Publishes an annual journal, McIlvainea, that contains articles by leading professional and amateur mycologists.

  • Photo Contest — Conducts an annual photo contest and loans slide sets of the winning slides of each contest. Conducts a round-robin slide exchange.

  • Directories — Publishes an annual directory of members and mushroom clubs.

  • Affiliated Myco-Clubs — Maintains a listing of mushroom clubs across North America what are affiliated with NAMA. If you are looking for a mcyco-club in your area, this is a quick way to find one.

  • Speakers and Foray Mycologists Bureau — Looking for a speaker for your myco-club? NAMA now maintains a listing of many of the top names in mycology, both professional and amateur, who are available for speaking at club meetings and forays. The Speakers and Foray Mycologists Bureau includes information about the speaker's general area of interest and contact information.