You can join the club or renew your membership at any of our monthly meetings.
You can print out an application and mail it to Membership chair Jim Wasik with your check.
You can fill out the following application on line and pay using Pay Pal.
Members are entitled to:
The WPMC newsletter • Nine monthly WPMC meetings • Free participation in WPMC walks • Fee discount for WPMC forays
Please read carefully the agreement below. Although the agreement below specifies you must sign it, you agree that by clicking on the "Agree" button below, you have read the agreement and agree to be bound by its terms, and that such acceptance will be the equivalent of your signature on this agreement. You also agree that you are authorized to execute this agreement for the legal entity on whose behalf you are accepting the terms of this agreement.
This Release and Indemnification Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into by and between the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, as it is presently organized and may be later structured ("WPMC") and the undersigned Member (the "Member") on this day: 09/25/2020
WHEREAS, WPMC is a non-profit educational organization that has as its principal purpose the sharing of mushroom-related information among its members; and
WHEREAS, all officers, directors, identifiers and members serve WPMC in a voluntary capacity and receive no remuneration for their services; and
WHEREAS, in cases where WPMC charges a fee for its forays, walks, lectures and other events (collectively "WPMC Events"), it is doing so only to cover its direct costs and does not operate in a for-profit capacity; and
WHEREAS, the Member understands that there is inherent and unavoidable risk in outdoor activities relating to hunting and consuming wild mushrooms. These risks include but are not limited to the dangers of hiking in difficult terrain, the possibility of misidentifying a wild mushroom, and the possible allergic or toxic reaction that some individuals may have to otherwise edible mushrooms.
NOW THEREFORE, the Member hereby agrees to the following:
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If any portion of the Agreement is declared for any reason to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity shall not affect any other provision of the Agreement. This Agreement shall apply to all WPMC events.
Y A Y!! Fun in the dark for a half century relic like moi…Cheers! ☺️
Hello, I am interested in joining your club. Please tell me how. Thank you, Toni
See the Join the club page.
want to join your club and would like to go on the next meeting or excursion.
You can join the club and attend the foray at the same time this Saturday. Otherwise go to the “join the club page” to join and the events page to see what is happening in the coming weeks.
Yes I would ………….time and place?
Next meeting is October 20th at Beechwood Farms. Hope to see you there.
Hi I’m from new castle pa originally but now live in northern va and am trying to find a club in my area that I can work with or join. Do you happen to know of anyone or club in my area? Please let me know. I use to go mushroom picking with my dad many years ago in Pa but have forgotten which ones were edible. Thank you
The nearest club is probably the W.V. Mushroom Club. Scroll down the page for contact information. Depending on where you live in the state other clubs may be closer. Have a look at the NAMA club listing web page.
Thanks so much.
Hello. I’m doing an inoculation of shiitake logs sometime in April. Would WPMC be interested in participating?
1hr northeast of Pittsburgh.
From Flint Michigan originally now living in Houston. Can’t find any fungal people locally but interested in joining a group for the education. Can this be done without me being able to participate in meetings? I need to start somewhere. Can you point me in the right direction. (No pun intended) cause this is serious shit. Thank you for your help..
Thanks for your interest in our club, Many of the species that grow around Pittsburgh can also be found around Flint. Some of the species are also found down in Texas.
Your best bet is the Gulf States Mycological Society – FL, LA, MS, TX
262 County Road 3062
Newton, TX 75966-7003
Member since 1980 | Club Trustee: Patricia Lewis
It looks like they have a summer foray planned. And their website mentions a number of useful books. My in-laws moved to Austin for a few years and I brought them Texas Mushrooms which seemed like a good starting point.
Susan Metzler, Van Metzler, & Dr. Orson K. Miller, Jr., University of Texas Press, 1992, 2013
Hope that helps.
I just joined with a family membership. I want to attend the event Saturday in Sharpsburgh Camp Guyasuta with Barb DeRiso. It says to bring my membership card. I dont think I will have it by Saturday. Can I just bring my receipt?
No need to bring your membership or receipt to Saturdays walk at Sharpsburgh Camp Guyasuta. Barb DeRiso or another organizer will ask you to sign a registration sheet at the walk and you can say that you are a member then.
Do you ever do walks up in Elk county? I find many mushrooms but there are no local experts or clubs.
We don’t normally organize walks in Elk county. Part of the reason is that all the main walk organizers live near Pittsburgh and don’t necessarily know the area well enough to organize a walk there. The other reason is that we do not have many members in the area although I am always interested in organizing walks a bit further afield especially if there is a local guide that can suggest a walk area and meeting place.
You should also check out the Central PA Mushroom Club as they may run a few ore events in your area: https://www.facebook.com/CentralPAMushroomClub/
Is this a club to learn about mushrooms. I live by HILLMAN STATE park. Burgettstown.
Yes, this is the right club to join. We teach classes on mushroom identification and there is a lot of information on our website too. Meetings are held monthly and there is normally a talk and mushroom display at the back of the room.
So, my husband and I went to Cook Forest to help collect mushrooms to be identified for the state park naturalist, He wants to grow mushrooms at home and I want to study them. I would like to know when and where you meet. Is it good to join if you want to grow mushrooms at home? I want to get my hubby to join because I won’t go very far without him, (in more ways than one).
Meetings are listed on Site. Beechwood farms 3rd Tuesday. I have had success with oyster mushrooms at home. There r kits one can get. Also the club has kits at one of the spring meetings. Definitely worth the membership fee. Hope to see you at a meeeting or walk.
I live in Clark, PA. Is your Pittsburgh club the closest place for me if I want to join?
Either us or the Ohio club will be the closest club to you. Unfortunately most of our walks are held closer to Pittsburgh although we have held some in the Slippery Rock area in the past. Hopefully we will hold one or more walks in the area next year.
Do you ever come out towards racoon state Park? I live right next to the game land. Right out side my back door.
We try to organize a walk once a year at Racoon State Park. Unfortunately we had no one volunteer to lead a walk at the park last year. Walks are very dependent on the volunteers who offer to lead them and the club identifiers and mycologists to identify the species. We certainly welcome more volunteers to lead walks at locations where we have walked before and other new locations. If you are interested please get in touch with the La Monte Yarroll from the Mushroom Walks committee.
Hello, can we join the walk without being a member?
You do not need to be a member to attend the walks although we do encourage you to join. Most walks are free but there is a charge for the annual foray and occasional for a few walks that are in collaboration with other groups.
Hi, we are about to join your club as a family, can we bring our seven years old daughter with us ?
Yes, of course. The younger ones may not be that interested in the talks but they normally enjoy hunting for mushrooms on the walks.
Im wondering if their is a club in my area, Erie, Pa. I saw the Erie Bluffs on the location list but did not see any events. Any info on club activity in Erie?
I don’t think there are any closer clubs to your location. Membership is centered around Pittsburgh as is the population of western PA. We do try to hold a number of walks in striking range of Erie and have a club mycologist who lives in that direction so I expect there to be a number of walks in the area in the coming years.
hello, will there be a mushroom club meeting in December, 2018? are the meetings still on tuesday evenings? what is the address?
No meting in December, the next meeting will be in March. Meetings are always the third Tuesday of the month.
Thanks for your patience! Just paid up. Its been a busy 6 mos. But hope to continue learning from you all this year!
Are you still here?? I would like to join. I’ve read the form 3 times; all I see is that it says I ain’t allowed to blame you if I eat a Destroying Angel or something. Which I won’t. Where do I pay, and how much?? Also I really hope this is more about eating than about tripping. I’m already crazy.
Hi Jessica, When you click on “Agree” the page should change and display a form to collect you name address etc and a link to PayNow via credit card and PayPal. Let me know if that does not work for you.
Hi, I’m trying to join the club online but every time I click on the link I get an error 404. Is online registration currently working? Thank you.
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