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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 — Organizes gatherings where learning and social time are encouraged.
  • Newsletter — Publishes The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notices 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.
  • ScholarshipNAMA 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.
  • Discussion groups — Hosts a discussion group for members and can organize more specialized groups as needed.

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The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists with over 90 affiliated mycological societies in the United States and Canada. NAMA is Committed and Dedicated to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi, Supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity, 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.

Memberships at specified levels are offered:

  • $25 Individual/Family – Member of Affiliated Club (for members of local clubs that are affiliated with NAMA)
  • $30 Individual/Family – Unaffiliated (for people with no current membership with a NAMA-affiliated Club)
  • $15 Student Membership
  • $60 Sustaining Membership
  • $500 Life Membership

Joining NAMA as a member of an Affiliated Club:

  1. An affiliated club may provide its members the option to join NAMA at the discounted annual rate through them. Those choosing to join NAMA through an Affiliated Club should contact that club directly for details.
  2. To join NAMA directly, you can join online or download the membership form (pdf), enclose a check payable to NAMA, and mail to the address on the form. If you join online, select the Individual/Family – Member of Affiliated Club plan and check your local club in the Clubs menu on the registration form. If you join by mail, fill in the club name in the provided space on the paper application to receive the discounted rate.


NAMA has been building our endowment through member gifts, a silent auction, and our general fund for over two decades. We are working to  provide a permanent source of income for our annual fellowship. Please help us finish this worthy effort by making a gift of any amount.

NAMA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions to support the educational activities of NAMA are always welcome and are deductible as allowed by law. Gifts of any amount may be made for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and for memorials.
Special categories include: Friend of NAMA * Benefactor, and * Patron.

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