Welcome to the website of the South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society (SCUMS), the mushroom club of South Carolina’s ‘Upstate’ region.
The goals of the South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society are to bring people together who share a common interest in mushrooms and other fungi, and to facilitate an appreciation and understanding of fungi.
SCUMS unofficially formedin the fall of 2007. The founders are Julia Kerrigan, a professor of mycology at Clemson University, and Tradd Cotter, a mushroom farmer who owns a local business, Mushroom Mountain, in Liberty, SC. Because of the drought, SCUMS didn’t actually hold its first meeting until May 6, 2008, when rainfall was substantial enough to (finally!) warrant an official foray.
We are affiliated with the North American Mycological Association (http://www.namyco.org).
For those not from this area, the ‘Upstate’, or ‘Upcountry’, is a region in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina that begins at the border of South Carolina and Georgia and goes East to the Catawba River basin. Frequent rains, diverse ecological niches, and mild winter temperatures contribute to a wealth of fungal diversity and abundance.
Monthly Meeting: SCUMS meets first Monday of the month. Meetings start at 6:30 pm or come anytime after 6:00 pm for socializing, specimen show and tell on Clemson University campus.
Where: Clemson University campus, usually at Kinard, but location does change from time to time. Here's a link to a campus map. Kinard is off of Highway 93/Old Greenville Highway: Turn onto Parkway Drive and go straight through the stop sign, or you can turn onto Calhouhn Dive and turn left at the stop sign.
Monthly Foray: SCUMS holds a foray the weekend following each meeting. See the events section for more information.