New Course! Intermediate Field ID, March 30

The MST invites you to take your mushroom identification skills to the next level, with a new addition to our series of mushroom identification courses:

Field Identification of Gilled Mushrooms:
Looking Beyond the Obvious

This course will be given by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on Monday March 30th at 7:30pm in the upstairs studios at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

This is an intermediate-level identification course intended for members who have already attended the MST beginner course 12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms, or who have equivalent field identification experience.

While the beginner course introduces obvious features which are easy to recognize, this program will focus on how observation of a few specific characteristics can form the basis of a systematic approach to the field identification of many other less easily recognized genera or groups of gilled mushrooms.

The course is available to MST members only and will be limited to 60 participants.

The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Please register by March 23rd.

MST members may register on the course signup page.

Donation of Photographs from Frans vanGerwen

Frans vanGerwen was a founding member of the MST in 1973, and was a member for many years afterward. The Royal Ontario Museum featured an exhibition of his work titled Bemushroomed in March and April of 1976.

Frans was also the designer of the MST's logo, winning against 26 other submissions in a 1981 contest. The design was based on his photograph of Hypsizygus ulmarius (Pleurotus ulmarius). See Mycelium vol. 7 no. 4, page 11 for details.

Frans donated some of his original works to the MST in December of 2019 as photographic transparencies in a mixture of 35mm, 6x7, 4x5 and 11x14 formats, and related documents. Digital conversion of the donation was completed in March of 2020.

Frans' photographs can be viewed as a gallery on the Photo Galleries page, or by clicking the thumbnails below.

February 24th Meeting Video Available

Richard Schwarz's presentation Park Mushrooms: The Hiker's Experience is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.

MST meeting video screenshot

Richard speaks about his experiences leading nature hikes in a National Park setting and how that experience differs from regular MST forays, and explores the natural, cultural and historical perspectives of the park's mushrooms to help hikers deepen their appreciation of this interesting kingdom of life.

Richard Schwarz has been a member of the MST for seven years and has been participating in our Identification Workshops as well as assisting at the Foray Tables. In addition, Richard has been volunteer leading mushroom walks in Rouge Park for 6 years.

Intro to Field ID Course 2020

12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms

Given by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MST Education Committee

Monday April 6, 2020
In the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; the presentation begins at 7:30 pm

The studios will be open at 7:00 pm for members who wish to bring in mushrooms for identification. This will be followed by a 2-hour PowerPoint presentation beginning at 7:30pm, focusing on common genera of gilled mushrooms, boletes and other fungi which can be identified fairly easily in the field. There will be a short break for refreshments.  

The course is available to MST members only (and their family members living at the same address) and will be limited to 80 participants.

Please register by March 30th, 2020. The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration will be checked at the door. 

MST members may register on the course signup page.