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!

More About the Club

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.


Become a member to receive our monthly newsletter, sign up for forays, and more!


Members of the Club are eligible to participate in the many forays we host throughout the year.


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


Explore the Archives

Mushroom Spotlight

Learn about our local species.

Event Summaries

See what we've been up to.


Delicious ways to cook your favorite fungi.

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.

Join the conversation in AMC's Yahoo Forum.

Go to Our Forum