The society was formed over 30 years ago by a group of people with a common interest in mushrooms and nature. Today it is a society with more than 400 members that: provides opportunities for its members to develop their interest in mycology through lectures, forays, field trips and interaction with professional mycologists; fosters in its members a responsible and caring attitude for the natural environment and a better understanding of the special role fungi play in nature; and stimulates public interest in the broad area of mycology and the role fungi play in nature.
During the mushroom seasons the society conducts mushroom walks, called forays, where members identify and learn about mushrooms and other fungi in their natural habitat. A weekend foray is held in Haliburton or Muskoka, and professional mycologists are invited along to assist society members with identification. We also hold monthly meetings, where guest speakers present illustrated lectures on various topics in mycology, and a mushroom identification course.
Visit the Mycological Society of Toronto web site for more information.