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.

2019 Schedule

Monthly meetings are done for the year, they will resume in March of 2019. We will post updated speaker information once next year's speakers are lined up. Have a wonder winter!


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Each month members are emailed a copy of Sporadic News containing all the latest club info.


September 9th @ AMC Monthly Meeting

Our guest this month is Owen McConnell who will be speaking on "Some Edible Mushrooms of North Carolina."

Owen McConnell has had a passionate, life-long interest in the natural sciences, taking many science courses as an undergraduate at Duke University where he minored in zoology while earning a B.S. in psychology. After earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University, he served on the psychology faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1962 to 1990 and was also Director of Psychological Services at the state-funded Children’s Psychiatric Institute at Butner, N.C. His interest in mushrooms began in 1980 after he visited the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville, NC and became fascinated by the abundance and variety of mushrooms he encountered there. He became a charter member of the Triangle Area Mushroom Club in 1981 and later joined NAMA, the Boone Mushroom Club, the Asheville Mushroom Club, and the Piedmont Mycological Society.

When Owen retired in 1990, he built a cabin near the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in the Unicoi Mountains and continued searching for mushrooms. In 2013, he published a book he had written about the Unicoi Mountains. Its title is Unicoi Unity: a Natural History of the Unicoi and Snowbird Mountains and their Plants, Fungi, and Animals.

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