Speaker Series October 11th at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

All About Amatoxins

Heather Hallen-Adams grew up in St. Paul, MN, received a BS in Plant Biology from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University, studying amatoxin-producing poisonous mushrooms. While at Michigan State for her PhD and postdocs she began consulting with MSU Veterinary Toxicology in mushroom poisoning cases, an association she continues to this day. Her postdocs continued the amatoxin work and expanded into the mycotoxin producing plant pathogen Fusarium graminearum. Since 2010 she has been the food mycologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she continues work on Fusarium as well as some amatoxin work in collaboration with Hong Luo at the Kunming Institute of Botany; she has also added research into fungi of the healthy human gut. She is the mushroom poisoning contact for the Nebraska Poison Center since 2010 and, since 2022, the Toxicology Chair for NAMA and the Treasurer for the Mycological Society of America. She is currently an Associate Professor of Practice. Heather is an author on 40 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, and two patents, and has supervised or co-advised four MS and three PhD students to date.

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Cain Foray cultivation workshop

2023 Cain Foray cultivation workshop

Join Storm Peschel, lead mycologist at Flow Mycological Sciences to prepare a bucket of Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom) to take home from the 2023 Cain Foray.

Sunday September 17th, 2023, 11:00 am at the Cain Foray

$60 per mushroom bucket. Registration fee includes bucket and all supplies.

Registration deadline: Monday, September 11th, 10:00pm

We will begin the workshop with a presentation to discuss the essentials of cultivating fungi, and some methods you can put into practice at home.

Then we will proceed outside where you will be provided with everything you need to inoculate a 5 gallon bucket with Oyster Mushroom mycelium. You will learn best practices, as well as some common misconceptions about growing mushrooms. There will be a chance to ask Storm any questions you might have.

You will take home your inoculated bucket to fruit at home. Many times one bucket will produce up to 3 flushes, or harvests, yielding a few pounds.

Growing mushrooms at home can be very easy. Join us at the mushroom cultivation workshop to learn more.


This workshop is limited to participants in the 2023 Cain Foray. There will be a maximum of 25 mushroom buckets available at the workshop. A minimum of 10 mushroom buckets must be registered in order for the workshop to be held (if the workshop is cancelled, you'll be refunded your workshop registration fee). Cancellations of workshop registrations by participants are subject to the Cain Foray cancellation policy.


2023 Cain Foray Registration Open

Registration for the MST's 2023 Cain Foray is open for the initial block of 50 tickets.

The Cain Foray is the MST's annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness. Named after founding member Dr. Roy Cain and first held in 1975, this year will be the 45th Cain Foray.

This year's Cain Foray will be held at the Lumina Resort east of Huntsville in the District of Muskoka.

A second block of 30 tickets will be opened for registration on Saturday August 5th at noon.

The Cain Foray weekend includes:

  • Barbecue reception on Friday evening
  • Keynote speaker or workshop
  • Guided forays on Saturday and on Sunday morning
  • Informative talks on mushrooms
  • Beach bonfire on Saturday evening
  • Dinner on Friday, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday
  • Use of the resort's amenities including canoes, waterfront, pool, shuffleboard and scenic hiking trails
  • Children under 8 are free
  • 10 spots are available for off-site participants

Expert mycologists are on hand all weekend to discuss and identify your mushroom finds!

More details and online registration are available at https://www.myctor.org/cain

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a great weekend of mushrooming!

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Who can attend the Cain Foray?

The Cain Foray is an intermediate-level event which requires some knowledge about mycology and how to begin identifying species. In the past, new members and those who are new to species identification have found it difficult to participate in the Cain.

Participation at the 2023 Cain Foray is limited to members who are eligible to attend Introduction to Field Identification walks and Intermediate Field Identification forays.

See more about this change in the Who can Attend the Cain Foray? section of the registration page.

On-site accommodation charges paid separately

In previous years there was one single charge per person for on-site options at the Cain Foray, and this charge included accommodations.

For on-site options, the MST now charges only a registration fee per person. Participants choosing an on-site option will pay for their accommodations directly to Lumina Resort when they arrive and check in on September 15th.

Off-site participants do not need to pay the resort.

See more about this change in the Cain Foray Prices and Accommodations sections of the registration page.


There's a lot more information available on the Cain Foray registration page. See the Frequently Asked Questions section, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2023 Spring Forays Species List

The species list and foray season summary for spring 2023 are now available at https://www.myctor.org/forays/2023-spring-foray-summary

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