I have found a great reason to smile when it rains!
I really enjoy hunting for wild mushrooms and know a good bit about them. I belong to the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club and have been pretty active for years. I feel that belonging to a club is the best, safest and most fun way to learn about wild mushrooms. If you live in the area, come to a meeting and see how much fun we have!
The most common question is "can I eat it?". Hunting wild mushrooms for eating can be a very dangerous game. It is true that some can kill you and people die every year from eating mushrooms that are rather common in this area. If you are a beginner, NEVER eat a mushroom that you have identified unless you have someone else who is very knowledgeable identify it too.
Here are a few sites that have some good information: