Urban Mushroom Resources

Find fellow mushroom hunters

The North American Mycological Society’s website has lists of mushroom clubs in many cities. There’s no better way to learn about mushrooms than to join with others to try to figure them out. Local clubs hold forays, cook-and-taste parties, lectures, and more. See if there’s a club in you city.

For Canada, start with the Vancouver Mycological Society.

For Mexico, try Myco Aficionados of Mexico.

Your mushroom isn’t on our site, see if you can find it on these websites:


Mushroom Expert (in particular, see this page, “What Is this Thing in my Yard?”)

Rogers Mushrooms

Tom Volk’s Fungi

Accounts and stories of urban mushrooms in specific cities

A blogger’s bounty in Boston.

Mushrooms of Central Park, in New York City

Mushrooms of Other New York City Parks

For information and tools on how to grow your own mushrooms:

“Cultivation Corner” by Marc Donsky, on the Colorado Mycological Society Website 

Mushrooms in the Garden by Hellmut Steineck, English translation Mad River Press, Eureka, California, 1984

Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, 1993

Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, 2005

 Fungi Perfecti (Paul Stamets’ website with everything you need to know (and need to buy) to start cultivating your own mushrooms.

Cool mushroom videos, art, and related stuff we like

Time-lapse movie of tropical mushrooms growing

Video of caterpillar fungus attacking ants!

Mushroom architecture.

An urban mushroom you don’t want to be.

Urban mushroom statues and decorations.

If you have time on your hands, Google “urban mushrooms” and click around for a while.

Mushroom festivals and conferences

NAMA Conference

SOMA Wild Mushroom Camp

Telluride Mushroom Festival

Good dead-tree (book) field guides:

Mushrooms Demystified by David Aurora

The Complete Mushroom Hunter by Gary Lincoff

Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains by Vera Evenson

The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff

Mushroom poisoning information:

Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas: A Handbook for Naturalists, Mycologists, and Physicians by D.R. Benjamin

Mushroom magazines

Fungi Magazine

Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming

Urban Mushroom T-Shirts

Click here to get your "Urban Mushrooms" T-shirt!, decorated with some of your favorite city mushrooms. Take a look!


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