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About the Western

Mushroom Club
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lentinula edodes

pholiota squarrosa

lentinus torulosus

The Western Pennsylvania
Mushroom Club (WPMC)
was created to promote the
enjoyment, study, and exchange
of information about wild
mushrooms. Anyone who has
an interest in wild mushrooms is
welcome to become a member.
Activities include regular
meetings, projects centered on
mushrooms, walks and forays.
The WPMC is a nonprofit
organization whose main
objectives are the sharing of
ideas, experiences, knowledge
and common interests regarding
fungi; to furnish mycological
information and educational
materials to those who wish to
increase their knowledge about
mushrooms; and to promote
interest in mycology and
photos: John Plischke III and Martha Wasik

chlorophyllum olivieri


For more club information,
meetings, walks, and foray dates,
or to join, visit our website at or


Membership benefits include opportunities
to join in mushroom forays and walks, attend
informative lectures, identify wild mushrooms,
share mushroom recipes and learn more
about a fascinating part of the natural world.

below: mycena leaiana

Never eat a wild mushroom without
being 100% sure of its identity.
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True fungi are what we all know as mushrooms. Guided morning and afternoon walks are followed by speakers and cooking demonstrations. They are neither animal or plant. and recipes. dyeing. up-coming events. Newsletters: The WPMC Newsletter includes club news and information on identification.WPMC Goals Why Mushrooms ■ Provide organized walks and forays Aside from the display in the grocery store. mushrooms have not only been used as food. they are in a Kingdom of their own called fungi. but because they are a part of our world. identify and photograph wild mushrooms. but have benefited us in many ways. The club’s mushroom feast in the late afternoon is a highlight of the foray. Club Meetings: The WPMC meets at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve (aswp. not just for culinary purposes. In September. medicine and dyes. and papermaking with mushrooms ■ Share mushroom recipes ■ Educate members and the public about the many aspects of wild mushrooms Mushrooms are unique. Benefits include: Walks: Members have the opportunity throughout the year to attend walks and forays to collect. Become a Member Membership is open to all. The part we see is the fruit of the mycelium that grows underground. For thousands of years. The Foray is named for Gary home of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. and many other books and publications about mushrooms and foraging. mushroom enthusiasts gather from across the United States for a day-long mushroom morchella deliciosa (name) The Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray amanita muscaria (name) boletus subcaerulescens pleurotus djamor . the world famous mushroom expert and author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. what do you know about mushrooms? ■ Teach scientific methods of wild mushroom identification ■ Explore various art forms including photography. wpamushroomclub. The event is led by a team of experts who help identify mushrooms that are collected throughout the day. The purpose of the Mushroom Club is to help us understand these complicated organisms. The main role of fungi and mushrooms is to break down organic matter.