Skip to content. Skip to navigation

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Fungi Mapping

Volunteers document fungi within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, helping to create a database of information about where and when mushrooms are produced.

Fungi Mapping

Mushrooms are generally difficult to identify, especially for amateurs, but FungiMap focuses on 50 distinctive species that can easily be identified by beginners. The goal of FungiMap is to generate a database of observations of these 50 species in order to determine where in the park and when during the year these fungi produce fruit (mushrooms). Students can watch for fungi along the trails and help determine if they are on the FungiMap list. They can then record the precise location using a GPS unit, describe the habitat in which the fungus is growing, and identify dominant tree species.



Topic – fungi, fungus, mushroom, GPS, mapping 

Audience - Any age  

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - education, inventory, biodiversity, fungi monitoring



National Park Service

Discover Life in America



Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  email Tiffany


Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

More about this...