Girdwood Fungus Fair

We put the "Fun" in Fungus Fair

Turnagain Arm Mycological Society

Can't get enough FUNgus at Fungus Fair? Join the Turnagain Arm Mycological Society (TAMS)! In addition to putting on the Girdwood Fungus Fair, we also host several events throughout the year, along with monthly meetings/talks.


To Join: Fill out the forms and send with dues to the address listed in the forms. You'll be the first to know of planned club activities,  get a tshirt, and support the club! You don't need to be a member to go to any meeting, but you do to participate in a club foray.


Read the Fungi Magazine Article featuring TAMS and the Girdwood Fungus Fair!


The Turnagain Arm Mycological Society was formed to:

  •  Contribute to the Mycoflora of North America Project, which aims to document all mushroom forming species in North America
  •  Help the public with the age old question "Is this  mushroom edible?" and other mushroom identification questions.
  •  Maintain a Mycota of Alaska website, with resources including a species index containing high quality photos and sequences of Alaskan fungi: alaskamycoflora.org
  •  Organize the Girdwood Fungus Fair
  •  Sponsor community events such as forays and talks throughout the mushroom season.
  •  Provide mushroom identification for poisoning cases



 2021 Schedule of Meetings and Forays (check back for updates)



April 28, 7pm Zoom (link to be emailed to TAMS members): Christin Swearingen will be talking about the West Coast Rare Project that FunDIS (formerly North American Mycoflora Project) is doing to encourage citizen scientists to document rare fungi on the west coast. 


May 19th, 7-8pm Zoom (link to be emailed to TAMS members): Kate Mohatt will talk about the results of the Swan Lake Fire Morels iNaturalist project. Results include morel associations with pre-fire plant communities and morel taxonomy based on ITS sequences obtained from collections on the Kenai.


July 29th, 6-8pm Nissman Pavilion (Forest Fair Park, Girdwood) Planning meeting for a virtual 2020 Fungus Fair. Please bring your own chair and mask!


June TBD, Bruce Welkovich will lead a small group in an outdoor mushroom photography clinic. Stay tuned for more details.


Sept. 4-5th Girdwood Fungus Fair! Details to be announced in July.


Sept. 10-12th Cordova Fungus Festival! Details TBA.