BC communities and organizations host many dozens of events over the course of a year, most of them in the autumn.
The majority of these events get listed, sooner or later, on the Fungi Events forum at the UBC Botanical Gardens site. Check this site regularly to find out where you can join others to learn about local mushrooms.
Also touch base with your local mushroom club or natural history club–these organizations often have informative presentations at their regular meetings. In Victoria, connect with SVIMS, the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society. In Vancouver, the place to meet up is VMS, the Vancouver Mycological Society.
We will list certain fungal events on these pages, especially those that involve the authors of Mushrooms of BC.
Munro’s Books in downtown Victoria is hosting a book signing on Sunday afternoon September 12, 2-3 pm. Drop by to pick up a signed copy of the book and to chat with the authors (or even bring a mushroom by for identification). The signing table will be in front of the store if the weather permits.
Andy and Kem will be giving mushroom talks based around the book.
Given the current COVID restrictions, most of these will be online talks. Here is a schedule of talks and their hosts.
Wednesday, September 8, 7:00 pm. Zoom presentation for Snohomish County Mycological Society on “New BC Mushroom Guide.”
Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm. Zoom presentation for South Vancouver Island Mushroom Society (SVIMS) on “New BC Mushroom Guide.” Restricted to SVIMS members. Here is a description of the event. The talk is limited to SVIMS members, but it is easy to become a member.. The talk will be available online after the event.
Tuesday, September 14, 7:30 pm. Zoom presentation for Vancouver Mycological Society on “New BC Mushroom Guide.”
Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 pm. Zoom presentation for Victoria Master Gardener group on “Mushooms and Ecology.”
Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 pm. Zoom presentation for the Dunbar Garden Club on “New BC Mushroom Guide.”
Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 pm. Zoom talk for Nature Chilliwack on “New BC Mushroom Guide”
Thursday, October 21 (details TBA). Zoom talk for Salt Spring Conservancy on “New BC Mushroom Guide”
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm (talk) and Saturday, October 30, 10:00 am (field trip). Mini-course (Zoom lecture and in-person field trip) at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich/Victoria.
Thursday, October 28, 7:00 pm. Zoom talk for Yellow Point Ecological Society on “New BC Mushroom Guide.”
Monday, November 1, 9:30 am. Zoom presentation for Cowichan Valley Naturalists on “New BC Mushroom Guide.”
Thursday, November 4, 5:00 pm. Zoom presentation for Powell River Public LIbrary on “New BC Mushroom Guide.”
Andy and Kem will be involved in upcoming Vancouver Island mushroom festivals and courses. More details on these as they are published. It is possible that COVID regulations may force some of these events into alternate modes.
Strathcona Mushroom Festival, September 18-19, 2021.
Bamfield Mushroom Festival, September 23-25, 2021.
Cumberland Fungus Fest, Saturday, September 30-October 2, 2021
Raincoast Education Society mushroom course in Tofino, Saturday, October 8-9, 2021.
Whistler Fungus Among Us festival, October 15-16, 2021.
University of Victoria 2-day course, Mushrooms of Greater Victoria, October 19-20, 2021
South Vancouver Island Mycological Society Cowichan Foray, October 23-24, 2021.
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary 2-day course, Oct 27, 7:00 pm and October 30, 10:00 am.
Metchosin Mycoblitz, Novermber 5-6, 2021
VNHS Mushroom Walk. Contact Agnes Lynn for further details or see VNHS Calendar, Decembert 7, 1:00 pm, Metchosin Wilderness Park
University of Victoria 2-day course, Mushrooms of Greater Victoria, November 9-10, 2021