The Fifteenth Annual WPMC Gary Lincoff Foray

As this is the 15th Annual Gary Lincoff Mushroom Foray we have decided to push the boat out and make it a special event.

Friday, September 18thWalk led by Gary Lincoff in Cook State Forest, an 8500 acre old-growth forest near Clarion, PA.

Saturday, September 19th – (North Park, near Pittsburgh) Our usual festivities: walks, presentations, auction, sales, mushroom feast.

Sunday, September 20th (still in North Park) – Identify the species gathered the day before (with microscopes and reagents available), along with a half-day program devoted to DNA-based identification of fungi.

8am to 7pm, Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015


Guided morning walks and self-guided afternoon mushroom walks; Mushroom Walks will be conducted in North Park and in other woodlands nearby Lectures: guest speakers: Gary Lincoff and other guests; Mushroom Feast; merchandise sales and silent auction.

Featured speaker is Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Gary, Past-president of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), is the nation’s best-known mushroom expert. He is a charismatic and entertaining speaker and makes learning about mushrooms fun and interesting. His end-of-the-day table-walk discussions are not to be missed.

Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club cooks will prepare a Mushroom Feast with dozens of unique mushroom dishes to delight your taste buds.

Guest Mycologists

Gary Lincoff 2010 Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. A featured “myco-visionary” in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms, Gary has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world. Gary Lincoff is again the Principal Mycologist at the Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray. Gary has recently published a book, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms. Gary’s insights about edible and poisonous mushrooms, picking urban mushrooms, mushroom recipes, and his experiences with wild mushrooms in various cultures around the world make it a delightful read.Gary has his own website that includes much help for beginners, info on toxicity, and scientific articles on DNA classification of mushrooms.  Gary is in high demand as a speaker for mushroom organizations all over North America and has traveled the world studying mushrooms and their relationships with the local culture. We are extremely fortunate to have him come to our foray for the Fifteenth time.
Michael Kuo Michael Kuo, the principal developer of MushroomExpert.Com, is an English teacher and an amateur mycologist. He is the author of Morels (2005), and 100 Edible Mushrooms (2007), 100 Cool Mushrooms (2010, coauthored with Andy Methven), and Mushrooms of the Midwest (2014, coauthored with Andy Methven). Other publications include: “Studies of North American macrofungi, 1. Validation of Lactarius rubidus comb. nov. and Leccinellum quercophilum sp. nov.” (2013, Mycotaxon 124: 323-332), “Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States” (2012, Mycologia 104: 1159-1177), “Morchella tomentosa, a new species from western North America, and notes on M. rufobrunnea” (2008; Mycotaxon 105: 441-446) and “Mushrooming in the age of DNA: now comes the fun part” (2007; McIlvainea 17: 43-49).

 9am to 6pm, Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015


Morning course:

Advanced identification of mushrooms using microscopes and chemical reagents.Instructions on how to prepare slides for microscope use and then put that information to good use looking at some of the unidentified specimens from Saturdays foray.

Afternoon course:

Introduction to DNA barcoding and result analysis including sampling of some of the specimens from the foray.


Parish Hill facility – Allegheny County’s North Park Walter Road McCandless Township, PA 15101


  • WPMC members: $35 per person Until September 1, 2015
  • WPMC Members: $40 per person after September 1, 2015 or at the door.
  • Non-members: includes admission, 2015 & 2016 membership $55.00 USD
  • Students (with ID) and children 11 to 18: $15 each.
  • Children 10 & under: free

For more info, contact Barbara DeRiso, Foray Chair: 412-252-2594