About the Philadelphia Mycology Club

PMC was founded in 2018 by Bethany Teigen. Since then, our community of novice and experienced mycologists has grown to thrive in Greater Philadelphia. We work with many of the environmental education centers in Philadelphia to provide free and accessible mushroom guidance in an urban setting. We host group hikes, workshops, and trash clean ups year round. Feel free to reach out to us for suggestions, recommendations, or requests!

Some of our Volunteers


Beth

Bethany Teigen

I am a dog walker and pet sitter in the Art museum area. I founded the club in 2018 after finding some mushrooms coming up between the Philly cobblestones. I also volunteer for Fungal Diversity Survey, a national non-profit dedicated to documenting and conserving the diverse macrofungi of North America. I lead hikes and trash clean ups year round. My main interests are fungal biodiversity, community building, and environmental justice.

iNaturalist Profile

Sam

Sam Bucciarelli

When I'm not giving double decker bus tours in Philadelphia, I'm leading groups of naturalists through the largest urban park system in North America. I have a passion for ecology, especially as it pertains to fungi and the role they play in helping our ecosystems thrive.

iNaturalist Profile

George

George Pushkal

I am an arborist, naturalist, and photographer. My main goal is to foster community science in Philadelphia and South Jersey while raising awareness about fungal conservation.

iNaturalist Profile

Luke

Luke Smithson

I am a taxonomy geek and love learning about mushrooms as well as teaching people about mushrooms. All mushrooms are cool, but big chonky polypores are the coolest!

Mushroom Observer Profile

iNaturalist Profile


Anthoni

Anthoni Goodman

I'm a researcher at CHOP studying epilepsy, but when I'm not at work I spend entirely too much time studying, photographing, and otherwise enjoying the fungi around me. Participating in the year-round easter-egg hunt that is mushroom foraging, especially when I get to share that hobby with others, is my greatest passion. I'm especially interested in taxonomy as well as culinary pursuits. You can find me on iNat: redsge, or MO: Indigo.

Mushroom Observer Profile

iNaturalist Profile


Luke

Dan Schimmel

I am a painter, a wood worker and an avid mushroom forager. I help the PMC develop and organize community events like tours of Philly’s own Mycopolitan Mushroom Company. I also help out with merch-making and t-shirt printing. My neighborwoods include the trails and trees of Mill Creek area.

My Web Page


Luke

Ben Ruben

Since being introduced to my first edible wild mushroom in the summer of 2012, I've spent most of my free time learning about mycology and searching the forest for fungi. When the PMC was created I showed up to help identify mushrooms on the very first hike, when Beth was just getting started with mycology, and have been helping teach fellow club members ever since.