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!
Even though the major collecting season is over, don't forget to keep your eyes open for cold hardy fungi while you are out enjoying the woods this winter! There are plenty of ascomycetes, polypores, "crusts" and jellies to challenge yourself with while you are waiting for spring.
Registration is now open for our 2020 Fungi Kingdom University series of six workshops that take place from late March into mid-May! Descriptions of the presentations are available here and registration information is here. Note that you must be a current PVMA member to participate, so sign up or renew your membership here.
A new resource is now available on our Resources page: an updated Checklist of Northeastern Fungi, organized by morphology. We hope this organization will make it easier for you to locate your fungal finds in the checklist.