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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Join Us for FungiFest 2019!

Saturday, August 31st 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Warren Wilson College.
A daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops. More info.

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. We have an extra meeting in August! October's meeting will take place on the 24th.

New Location for 2019!

The Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center.
It is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Speaker Program

August 22: Giuliana Furci talks about the fungi of Chile .
August 29: Rachel Swenie talks about Mushrooms with teeth - the history, diversity, and edibility of the mushroom genus Hydnum.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 24 John Munafo
November 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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