The Wilmington Mushroom Club

So much more than just mycology

"In a society where dependence on capitalism & government

is all but forced, sustainability is a revolutionary act"


Our Mission

To connect local farmers with each other & the community to grow the population of aware, informed & involved families in our area.

To create a safe space for humans of all ages who want to learn about their native environment & wildlife in a hands-on way.

To increase the number of members in our community who are able to accurately identify both local toxic & edible mushrooms. 

To raise awareness & support for more sustainable

living/eating practices in our coastal community.

To add to the number of accessible community gardens

& self-sustaining organic households in our area.

2022 WMC Events


An indoor introduction to mushrooms & fungi, how to forage sustainably,& how to properly handle them! Come prepared with a notebook.  Slideshow lecture will be about 30-40min. Q&A will follow up after. The perfect class for beginners & those looking to deepen their knowledge of our local biome before Fall mushroom season.

No pets please, service animals only.

For ages 15+ but all are welcome!

Led by The Wilmington Mushroom Club's Ashlyn Thompson. This class is love donation-based (suggested $5 - 10) but no cost is required!

Location: Healing Leaves Holistic Center
1015 S Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC
Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm Sunday, June 12th


Learn how to tell the difference between our local edible/medicinal mushrooms and their toxic look-alikes. Feel more confident when foraging & learn something new with us!

Come prepared with a notebook, slideshow lecture will be about 30-40min, Q&A will follow up after. The perfect class for beginners & those looking to deepen their knowledge of our local biome. No pets please, service animals only. For ages 15+ but all are welcome.

Led by The Wilmington Mushroom Club's Ashlyn Thompson
This class is love donation-based (suggested $5-10 each) but no cost is required!

Location: Healing Leaves Holistic Center
1015 S Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC
Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Sunday, July 10th

Megan McGee

Ashlyn Thompson

Megan McGee is a recreationalist, certified yoga teacher, & wellbeing specialist. In 2017, she rekindled an intentional relationship with the outdoors by working on a medicinal herb farm & trail running. In 2019, Megan was then welcomed into a mycology club located in the Appalachian mountain of Blacksburg, VA. Since then, Megan has become a motivated student of mushroom ID with inclusivity at the heart of her pursuit & a desire to share her fascination with fungi! As a 2021 Virginia Tech graduate with a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, Megan's academic background has shaped her appreciation of the scientific & inherent connections between humans & the natural world. She views science as learning the language of appreciation for the outdoors & how we can nourish our bodies with respect & admiration.

Joe Choi is an outdoorsman, photographer, UNCW graduate, and mushroom enthusiast! Along with Nicholl Gleason, Joe co-operates local farm Wholesome Greens.

Wholesome Greens, LLC is an artisinal suburban farm in Wilmington, NC. With microgreens at the top of their product list, Wholesome Greens also grows mushrooms, culinary herbs, edible flowers and produce.  They also have a small flock of Highland Red chickens which have become a part of their sustainability practices among composting, recycling, and reusing. The farm's goals are to continually improve quality, customer satisfaction and awareness while strengthening our local communities. Wholesome Greens proudly serves many fine dining establishments and restaurants around the Cape Fear region.

Check out this article about Joe here!

Ashlyn Thompson is a Wilmington local with a passion for bringing the community together through exercise, knowledge, & exploration.
Ashlyn graduated from NCSU in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and since then has started her own business as a spiritual practitioner, life coach, & holistic healing guide.

Ashlyn has always been interested in mushrooms but really began her mycology journey in early 2021 when she learned about the many health & wellness properties of fungi. After realizing that Wilmington was full of wild edible & medicinal mushrooms, she saw a need for our community to be aware of the land we reside on. Although she is a novice mushroom forager, Ashlyn has quickly learned the basics & feels comfortable identifying multiple local species. As of 2022, Ashlyn is CPR/AED/ First Aid certified.


Joe Choi

In the Forest

We Want You!

Now accepting members from these local areas


Wilmington - Murraysville - Ogden - Scotts Hill - Hampstead

 Rocky Point - Surf City - Topsail Beach - Myrtle Grove - Leland

Winnabow - Carolina Beach - Wrightsville Beach - Southport

The Wilmington Mushroom Club is a not-for-profit club in coastal North Carolina co-operated with Joe Choi of local farm Wholesome Greens, LLCamateur forager Megan McGee & founder Ashlyn Thompson. Our goal is to keep the club free, accessible & available to all.

Friends are welcome from far & wide!


To join the team, volunteer, donate, or host a class

please email

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