ADK Fungi Fest

Saturday, Sept. 23
Paul Smith's College VIC
$5 (Free for PSC community & Friends of the VIC)
  • Expert-led mushroom forays
  • Talks & presentations
  • Book signing
  • Species identification & displays
  • Cultivation workshops
  • Juried art show

Keynote Speaker:
Gary Lincoff

Featured Presenters:
Rick Van De Poll
Susan Hopkins
Garrett Kopp
Erica Sharpe

The Adirondack region of New York State is home to one of the most bountiful, beautiful and beneficial fungi ecozones on the planet. The Adirondack Mycology Club was formed in 2011 at Paul Smith’s College to explore, educate, investigate and celebrate the diverse fungi of the Adirondacks. Club activities have included mushroom identification, forays and an annual Art of Fungi show at the college.

Since 2012 the club has also hosted workshops on shiitake log cultivation and growing oyster mushrooms on a variety of materials (kitty litter, hemp hurds, etc.). Members of the club have also explored the human health benefits of mushrooms (whole food; mushroom teas, tinctures & tonics, myco-brews) as well as the role fungi play in restoring damaged and polluted ecosystems. It is this area of research that inspired the club to organize an annual fungi festival to celebrate the healing nature of the 5th Kingdom!


Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of several 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. He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured “myco-visionary” in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms.

Susan Hopkins has been a member of mycological associations in the Northeast US since the early 1980s. Her mycology expertise includes fungi identification and mushroom dyeing. She has attended every major fungi fibre symposia since the early 1990s. She is the resident “Mushroom Lady” at the VIC at Paul Smith’s College, and a teacher and advisor for the ADK Mycology Club.

Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. During his natural resource inventory work he has recorded over 1300 mushrooms in New Hampshire, including a number of undescribed species. Rick taught Mycology at Antioch New England from 1985 to 2001, and as an adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University from 2003 – 2007. As a mycology instructor, Rick has presented dozens of walks and workshops throughout New England for the past 30 years. In 1988, he co-founded the Monadnock Mushroom Club, and in 2001 he founded the local Sandwich Area Mushroom (SAM) Club.

Erica Sharpe works as an assistant professor of chemistry at SUNY Canton. She graduated from Clarkson University with a Ph.D. in chemistry where she co-developed with Clarkson faculty a portable and inexpensive paper-based antioxidant assay. She is a practitioner of yoga and performs and teaches music in the North Country region of New York.

Garrett Kopp is a junior at Clarkson University studying Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the founder / CEO of Birch Boys Chaga LLC, which sells wild harvested chaga mushroom products to over 120 stores spanning six states. His passion is to transform a sustainable outdoor lifestyle into a viable career that is health producing for all concerned.

Photos courtesy of Susan Hopkins


Contact Us »

Tom Huber, Co-Advisor
Adirondack Mycology Club
Paul Smith’s College
(518) 327-6330