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:
  •  Organize the Girdwood Fungus Fair
  •  Sponsor community events such as forays and talks throughout the mushroom season.
  •  Provide mushroom identification for poisoning cases

 2020 Schedule of Meetings and Forays (check back for updates)

March 4th, 7-8pm: How to collect fungi and make your own fungal herbarium. Christin Swearingen, Girdwood Community Room.

April 22, 6:30pm Anchorage Museum: Fantastic Fungi Movie is Cancelled due to COVID-19. Movie can be purchased and streamed from home here:

May 6th, 7-8pm Meeting *Cancelled* Check back for updates on web based talk on Morel Harvesting after Fire

May 12th, 7-8pm *Virtual Event* Morels after the Swan Lake Fire: KPB Alerts Facebook Page live stream  It will be recorded for later viewing not requiring facebook. Link to you tube recording:

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!

Aug. 13th, 6-8pm Nissman Pavilion (Forest Fair Park, Girdwood) Follow up planning meeting. Please bring chair and mask!

Aug. 26th, 7-8pm Nissman Pavlion (Forest Fair Park, Girdwood) Foray round-up and iNaturalist/photo contest prize consolidation. TAMS members are encouraged to bring their fungus finds to the Pavilion for a club ID session pre Fair. Members are also encouraged to find donations from local businesses or homemade mushroom themed crafts to be added to prize baskets for Fungus Fair iNaturalist and photo competitions.

August 31th - Sept. 7th Virtual Gird-dova Fungus Fest Schedule and details at