2o21 Great Alberta Mushroom Foray (GAMF)

The Alberta Mycological Society has planned an amazing weekend of forays, lectures, presentations and mushrooming activities with passionate fungi enthusiasts, distinguished mycologists, and local experts on September 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2021, in Lac La Biche, Alberta, and hosted by Portage College. Listen and discuss all things fungi with mycologists, such as Roland Treu, Athabasca University Professor and researcher of fungi diversity and their ecology; Michael Beug, former President of the Pacific Northwest Key Council and writer of macroscopic keys for fungi identification; and Michael Schulz, mycologist, ecologist and resident microscopist from Portage College! This event uses a citizen science approach to collect, sort, identify and record exciting fungal finds.

Location and Host:  Lac La Biche, Portage College
Organizing Team:  AMS Board; led by Mike Schulz, Karen Slevinsky, Martin Osis
Dates:  September 3 to 6, 2021
Draft Schedule:
September 3 – Mushroom microscopy course (separate registration required)
September 3 – Evening meet and greet (social event)
September 4 – 5 – Forays, identification, and speakers
September 6 – Open House and wrap-up

Registration: $150/member, including meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners), evening speakers, Mushroom Identification workshop, guided forays and identification assistance by mycologists. If you are a student you will be refunded 50% at the registration desk; please show your current student identification.

You can register on the Events page under Member Events or by clicking the buttons.

Main GAMF Event
GAMF Microscopy Course

Accommodation:  Please make your own accommodation plans.  However the Board has researched the following information for you:


  • Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area Campground – $30 unserviced, $38 power, $54 power/water/sewer, reserve online
  • Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area Group Campground – could work if a group of people want to book a site together, a number of sites of different capacities here, reserve online


  • Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Campground – $43 for powered site

Sir Winston Churchill – Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park | Alberta Parks


  • Comfort Camping – $120-$175 for cabins, $129 for tipis –780-623-7189, reserve online (at Sir Winston Churchill Campground)

Comfort Camping | Alberta Parks


  • Plamondon Whitesands Resort – RV stalls available, 15% discount with promo code “mushroom2021”

Plamondon Whitesands Resort


  • Canalta – (780) 623-4490 – Reg $119, if 10 rooms booked $108 (Board will be booking here) 
  • Ramada – (780) 623-2250 – Reg $141
  • BCMInns – (780) 623-1888 – Reg $119 (# of rooms limited)


  • Parkland Motels I & II – 1-855-623-6825/(780) 623-4424 – Dis: Motel I $80; Motel II $94
  • Almac Motor Hotel – (780) 623-4123 – Dis: $79
  • Chez-Nous Motel (Plamondon) – (780) 798-2011 – Reg. $85-95

*Prices are provided for standard double rooms, prices for other rooms may be different. “Reg” means regular rate, “Dis” means that they have agreed to give a discount to our event attendees, so please mention this at the time of booking.

All GAMF-Microscopy and GAMF participants must agree to abide by Portage College’s COVID-19 requirements to mask or maintain a social distance of 2 metres while indoors.  Otherwise AMS will abide by the province of Alberta’s COVID-19 requirements as presented: COVID-19 info for Albertans | Alberta.ca