This is the time of year when we would normally be releasing the schedule for our summer and fall walks, but due to the ongoing pandemic, we are postponing all walks for the time being. If and when the scientific experts deem it safe to gather in groups again, we will let you know what our schedule is.


Also, please note that the situation involving summer and fall forays is in flux. Several have already been cancelled. Check our Forays page for updates.


In the meantime, explore these pages for lots of great resources as you learn about fungi on your own. The Education page has slide shows from past presentations, and the Resources page has a variety of articles, checklists, recommended field guides and other goodies to keep you busy. If you go out in the field, be sure to practice safe distancing guidelines.

Stay safe, everyone!

The Pioneer Valley Mycological Association is dedicated to enhancing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the fungal kingdom by providing ongoing educational programming in the form of guided mushroom walks, lectures, newsletters, information on multi-day regional and national forays, and citizen science projects. Because fungi are integral components of complex ecosystems, we are committed to advocating for responsible and sustainable study and collection methods. We focus on, but are not limited to, the three counties of the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts (Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden).

This site contains a variety of resources to help guide the amateur mycologist in the study of fungi common to our region. Explore these pages to learn about us and all of the educational opportunities we provide!

For a carefully curated collection of fungi photographs by PVMA's co-founder and chief mycologist, Dianna Smith, visit


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PVMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.