Mycology May

Mycology May, a collaborative initiative between the Central Tablelands Regional Landcare Network and Local Land Services. This community-based event brings together mycologists and fungi lovers for engaging discussions, educational workshops, and enlightening field walks.

Throughout the month, we host a wide array of events including fungi workshops, soil health sessions, scientific surveys, fungi forays, panel discussions, gallery exhibitions, and our annual mycology conference. Mycology May, along with its fungi fieldwork, has empowered citizen scientists to collect valuable information and establish data banks, expanding our knowledge and understanding of fungi in the NSW Central Tablelands.

To aid in the identification of fungi in the Central Tablelands and Central West of NSW, Local Land Services have created a comprehensive guide featuring 96 selected fungi species. This guide showcases conspicuous and distinctive species that are relatively easy to identify in the field.

What's On This Year

This year, Mycology May is thrilled to announce an expanded lineup of events, including:

  • Introduction to the Kingdom Fungi: Dive deep into the world of fungi and their critical role in the ecosystem. (Wednesday 1 May, 12pm–3:30pm, Environmental Learning Facility Orange Showground)

  • What’s That Fungus?: A beginner’s guide to identifying and understanding local fungi. (Thursday 2 May, 9am–12:30pm, Environmental Learning Facility Orange Showground)

  • Focus on Fungi: Learn the art and science of photographing fungi, with practical sessions in the field. (Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th, Morning sessions at Environmental Learning Facility and Afternoon sessions at Federal Falls picnic area, Mt Canobolas)

  • Mt Canobolas Fungus Foray: A hands-on field foray aiming to map and understand the fungal biodiversity of the Mt Canobolas area. (Sunday 5 May, Morning and Afternoon sessions)

Booking Information

Ready to explore the fascinating world of fungi? Secure your spot for these captivating events through our booking platform at More detailed information, including the full program for each event, participant requirements, and registration details, will be provided upon booking.

Remember, booking is essential as spaces are limited. We encourage you to register early to avoid missing out on this unique opportunity to delve into the microscopic world that sustains our planet. Whether you're a seasoned mycologist or a curious newcomer, Mycology May offers something for everyone interested in the vital role of fungi in our ecosystems. Join us in celebrating the beauty, complexity, and importance of fungi this May!

This year, we are thrilled to welcome back Alison Pouliot, an esteemed ecologist and environmental photographer whose passion and expertise lie in the fascinating world of fungi. Alison is at the forefront of fungal conservation efforts both in Australia and internationally. Her compelling writing and stunning photography are featured across a spectrum of literature, from scholarly articles to mainstream publications.

Alison's renowned fungus forays, conducted in various landscapes around the globe, draw in a diverse audience — from foragers and philosophers to rangers and traditional land custodians. These excursions not only highlight her deep knowledge and respect for the natural world but also foster a unique space for learning and connection among participants from all walks of life. Join us in exploring the intricate and often overlooked realm of fungi with one of the field's most dedicated and inspiring voices.