South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society

South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society

About Us

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 formed in the fall of  2007. The founders are Dr. Julia Kerrigan, a professor of mycology at  Clemson University, and mycologist 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 ( 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.  

Where: The Charles K. Cheezem Education Center, 100 Thomas Green Blvd (578 Issaqueena Trail), Clemson, SC. This is in Patrick Square. A map can be found here

Monthly Foray: SCUMS holds a foray the  weekend following each meeting. See the events section for more  information.