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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



We are starting to put together our walk schedule for the 2023 season! Members will receive the walk schedule in their Spring Newsletter, which typically publishes in April. 


Please continue to explore these pages for lots of great resources. 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. Past issues of the newsletter are available on the Newsletter page.

If you are interested in joining PVMA, see the Membership page.

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