What is a Foray?
During the spring and fall of each year, the MST organizes a series of members-only forays. These are trips into the greenbelt around Toronto to gather and identify mushrooms. Forays are held in the earlier part of the day on Saturdays and Sundays. Each foray has a designated foray leader who provides guidance to the participants.
Unfortunately, for reasons of liability coverage, all foray attendees must be members of the MST. Membership is a small annual fee for the whole family and includes many benefits, including access to our entire list of foray locations with driving directions. We're always welcoming new members! Joining the MST is easy - you can register online and pay with any credit card.
Our scheduled spring forays usually take place from early May to the beginning of June, and fall forays from early September to the end of October. The complete schedule of forays, with directions to meeting places, is emailed to members in April or August, and is available online on the foray schedule page.
All foray participants meet by 9:45 am, then head for the foray location. Forays end at about 12:30 — 1:30 pm or later, if you wish to stay for further identification of fungi. Forays are always held rain or shine. Since we may drive some distance from the meeting place to the foray location, please be on time to avoid the disappointment of missing the group. More detailed information is available on how to prepare for forays.
Children are welcome on forays, but some of the places we foray may not be suitable for very young children (rough terrain, steep hills, poison ivy, etc.). Supervision is the responsibility of the parent!
Where are the Forays?
The MST's forays take place in various locations within about an hour's drive of Toronto. Please note that the MST does not provide transportation to foray locations! Members are responsible for their own transportation, though many choose to carpool. The map below shows the general areas of MST forays in Southern Ontario.