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About the Mycological Society of Toronto

The MST was formed in 1973 by a group of people who had taken a course in mushroom identification taught by Dr. Roy Cain of the University of Toronto. Membership in the MST gradually increased as mushroom lovers discovered there was a club where they could meet with others of like interest.

The Mycological Society of Toronto is incorporated as a federally registered non-profit organization, with the mandate of stimulating public interest in and appreciation of fungi and their role in nature, and encouraging activities that explore the ecological role of fungi and support the conservation of wild mushrooms.

All work is done by volunteers. Members are encouraged to participate by volunteering their time and skills.

Membership in the MST brings you in contact with veteran mycologists, both amateur and professional, who gladly share their knowledge and steer you in the right direction with tips on when and where to find the best mushrooms, how to avoid being poisoned and what books are best for beginners to use. Members' interests are wide ranging in areas related to fungi, including:

  • Mushroom identification
  • Microscopic examination of fungi
  • Mushroom cultivation
  • Photography
  • Arts and crafts
  • Toxicology

Non-members are welcome to participate once as a guest to attend a meeting.  

Join the Mycological Society of Toronto today and discover the fascinating world of mushrooms and other fungi.