The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join!

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Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are open to the public and feature a guest speaker and recent area finds.

Time & Date

7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month, March through November.


The US Forest Service building.
It is located at 160 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

Speaker Program

July 2018: Scott Pavelle.
Scott will share his knowledge on boletes, including explanation of a key he developed to help ID boletes as well as culinary tips for boletes!

2018 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 29 Mike Hopping
April 26 Mike Hopping
May 31 Marc Williams
June 28 Andy Methven
July 26 Scott Palvelle
August 30 Mike Hopping
September 27 Mark Brenner
October 25 Brandon Matheny
November 29 Annual Business Meeting. Current members only.


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April 26, 2018 / AMC Monthly Meeting

Mike Hopping presents "What's That Mushroom?"

An introduction to mushroom identification resources and the basics of figuring out what’s what and who's who. Experienced mushroom hunters, field guides, and online resources are valuable sources of assistance, but they’re most useful when you can help them out by knowing how to look critically at a mushroom yourself. This talk covers different types of fertile surfaces, partial veils, how and why to do spore prints, pore variation in boletes and bracket fungi, and a word or two on the importance of paying attention to the growing circumstances of unknown mushrooms.

Mike's bio: After retirement from the medical field, Mike has spent the last few years becoming an excellent amateur mycologist. In 2012, Mike became a regular contributor to Sporadic News, providing photos and descriptions of mushrooms. Since 2013, Mike has given talks to AMC and the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society, presented at AMC's FungiFest, and co-taught classes on different types of Western North Carolina mushrooms with Charlotte Caplan at UNC-A and with Alan and Arleen Bessette at Highlands Biological Station. Together with the Bessettes he coauthored A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas, published this month by the University of North Carolina Press.

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