Girdwood Fungus Fair

We put the "Fun" in Fungus Fair

10th Annual Girdwood Fungus Fair will return in 2017!

Mark your Calendars Aug.25-27th 2017

...and don't forget, registration for forays and workshops begin Aug. 1st, 2017

Our Presenters and Foray leaders for 2016:

Alissa Allen

Alissa is an amateur mycologist who specializes in presenting regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to communities all over the country. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 12 years. She has written articles for, Fibershed CA and Fungi Magazine, and created two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post.  She is dedicated to furthering the art and science of mushroom and lichen dyeing through community engagement, open discussion, and friendly encouragement.  To read more about Alissa’s work, visit her website

Philippe Amstislavski

Currently associate professor of Public Health at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Philippe is originally from the Polar Ural, and has also worked in the interior and northwestern Alaska. He is knowledgeable of fungal communities on both sides of the Bering straight, especially polypores and other cold-resilient wood decomposers for biomaterials and food cultivation. His teaching and research draws from an unusual blend of knowledge and experiences, from environmental toxicology, mycology, architecture, and from mushroom farming in Alaska. He leads the Biomaterials Lab at UAA, where his team develops mycelium based thermal insulation alternatives to plastic foams. You can read more about Dr. Amstislavski's work here and in the Alaska Dispatch news here. Philippe will be leading a mushroom growing workshop and giving a talk at this year's Fungus Fair.

Ken Hodges

Ken Hodges is a retired fish biologist, but has studied and hunted mushrooms in California and Alaska for the past 35 years. Ken studied mycology at Humboldt State under Dr. David (Sergeant) Largent, who managed to drill fungal concepts into Hodges' brain.


 Ken's main interest has been foraging for edibles. He will lead two forays that will emphasize learning basic mushroom features to safely identify local edible mushrooms. Swapping recipes is also an option.  

Daniel Nicholson

Daniel is naturalist and horticulturalist who has chosen to live close to nature in the Sierra foothills. He spends his time managing an organic farm, teaching natural history, and maintaining the restoration and education activities for the Yuba Watershed Institute (YWI) where he has been on the board of directors since 2001. He also does field biology work for the USFS with botany and mycology focus. He was a major contributor and editor to the most current Sierra natural history guides.  He spearheads the YWI’s citizen based science project the “Fungus Foray” now on its 17th year of occurrence. He continues his own research on Sierra Nevada fungi research, identification, and photography from his home in Nevada County. 

Noah Siegel

Noah returns! Noah's field mycology skills are extensive- he has spent over two decades seeking, photographing, identifying, and furthering his knowledge (and those around him) about all aspects of macrofungi (mushrooms). He has hunted for mushrooms throughout the United States, Alaska, Canada, as well as on multiple expeditions to New Zealand and Australia. He and co-author Christian Schwarz have just completed Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a book with over 750 species, exceptional photographs, descriptions, and loads of information on mushroom collecting, habitats, ecology and more. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Fungus Fair, and the author will be available for autographs!

Steve Trudell

The Pacific Northwest Fungus Master is back! Author of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (a must-have reference for this part of Alaska) and Tricholomas of North America, Steve will once again grace us with his vast myco-knowledge. He has been identifying and photographing mushrooms and studying their ecology for over 30 years. Steve belongs to the Mycological Society of America, North American Mycological Association, and the International Mycorrhiza Society, writes for several mycological publications, and frequently serves as foray mycologist or invited lecturer for mycological societies and other nature groups. His research interests include the roles of fungi in forest nutrient cycling (bio excerpt borrowed from Timberpress).  Copies of his books will be available for purchase at the Fungus Fair, along with autograph opportunities!

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The Girdwood Fungus Fair thanks the Byrne Family and Alyeska Resort for their continued generous support of the Fungus Fair Formal. 


 Mushrooms of National Forests in Alaska brochure features 51 species commonly found in South Central AK. You can pick up your free copy at any USFS Ranger Station, Supervisory Office, or Visitor Center in Alaska or at the Girdwood Fungus Fair. You can also view a web based version by clicking HERE










Some pictures from 2008, 2009,  2010 and 2011 are still posted and can be downloaded from HERE by clicking on the photo you want, then selecting "all sizes" from the menu at the top, then click "Download Full Size".