Cowichan Weekend Foray 2021

Save the date!
Lake Cowichan Foray

October 22 – 24, 2021

The Lake Cowichan Foray has been an annual highlight for many SVIMS members. The Lake Cowichan Research Station has been reserved for our exclusive use and SVIMS is finalizing the plans for this fun and informative event.  We will be booking the Mycology experts who will lead you through the forests, helping you in the identification of the many species of Fungi you can find at this wonderful location.

SVIMS has been monitoring the current health situation and anticipates the event will proceed under certain guidelines and restrictions. This is a “members only” event.  There maybe some limitations on the number of participants as well, due to Covid protocols. This event fills up fast! So if you are not a member please consider joining.

Further details including accommodations, day participation, registration forms, fees etc. will be released soon.

If you want to be kept up to date on the latest developments, please contact Denise at  and request being added to a mailing list specifically for this event. We will be posting periodic major updates to our main webpage.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Introduction to Mycology UVic on-line course

UVic Continuing Studies is now offering this on-line course:


Introduction to Mycology

This online self-study course will enable you to gain foundational, scientifically-sound knowledge in the field of mycology—the study of fungi. Developed by two experts in the field, Bryce Kendrick and Shannon Berch, this course will guide you independently at your own pace through 10 units so that you can attain an understanding of the features of fungi and the roles they play in pathology, nutrient cycling, agriculture, biological control, food, medicine, forests and our urban environments. You will receive a Certificate of Completion on successfully passing the course.

The fee for the course is $65.00 for the general public and $35.00 for SVIMS members. All they need to do is click on the SVIMS tab when registering to get the discount.

2022 Mushroom Calendar Submissions

Calling all SVIMS members to submit your art/photos for the

2022 Mushroom Calendar




Please submit photos/art before July 30th to Krisztina at


Maximum 10 pictures per member. Please keep it to one picture per email and as high a resolution as possible. The minimum resolution will be 2MP or 1920×1080.

Pictures must be in landscape!

In the subject line add your name and type of mushroom in your photo/art.

If you don’t know the type of mushroom you are submitting now might be the time to learn how to identify it. If you need help just ask one or more of your favorite SVIMS members.



  • Try to provide identification information for each mushroom such as when your saw the mushroom, where you found it, habitat (e.g. on or near what kind of trees), spore colour.
  • If this picture happens to come with a great story, please also include this in your submission.



Visually appealing art/photographs that illustrate:

  • the diversity of mushrooms found on southern Vancouver Island
  • mushroom cookery, art or crafts
  • interaction of mushrooms with people, animals, other organisms or the environment
  • SVIMS events or activities


The purpose of the calendar is to celebrate the joy of mushrooming and

to inform people about mushrooms growing on southern Vancouver Island.