Adult Courses

adult courses

School of Woodland Ecology

Our School of Woodland Ecology is an exciting new initiative we are launching this fall. For the first time we will be offering in-depth courses for adults. In September, we’ll host an Introdcution to Bushcraft Ecology and in October, Woodland Ecology: an Introduction to Forest Stewardship and then in November, the Backyard Arborist: Proper Pruning and Planting.

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Over the last 25 years, Macphail Woods has offered a huge variety of free workshops on topics from owls to botany to forest restoration and more. For many years, workshop participants have requested more intensive courses. While still offering our popular free workshops, The School of Woodland Ecology will allow participants to delve deeper into specific topics, developing expertise, skills and confidence. The core principles of these courses are plant identification, forest health assessment and practical experience. Whether a weekend nature enthusiast, woodlot owner, outdoor educator or industry professional, we will help you learn hands-on skills which will contribute to all of your outdoor pursuits.

Our teaching method is based on direct experience and observation. Students are taught to recognize keystone patterns whether in a flower or a forest. This time-tested approach works for students of every age and level of understanding and is the basis for sound ecological action. Our instructors have spent thousands of hours honing their teaching, bushcraft and forest restoration skills and look forward to sharing their enthusiasm with you.

We are dedicated to ensuring a safe learning environment for all participants and believe that sharing a love of nature begins with the care and respect of each individual.

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Introduction to Bushcraft Ecology

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From 8am Saturday Sept 10th through 3pm Sunday Sep 11th
Cost: $225

Bushcraft is the art of living comfortably in nature. Learning to light a fire, construct a shelter or cook outdoors are just a few of the essential skills that connect us to the land and remind us of our dependance on nature.

Intro to Bushcraft Ecology is a two-day overnight course that will provide students with confidence, comfort and respect for the natural world around us. Participants will practice hands-on skills such as knots, safe knife use, fire lighting and more.

Click here to learn more about our Introduction to Bushcraft Ecology Course!

Woodland Ecology

an Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Saturday, October 8th – 9am to 4:30pm
Cost: $100

Our Woodland Ecology course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve, and manage their own woodlot whether it be creating better access, harvesting wood, or creating a refuge for local wildlife.

Over the one-day course students will gain hands-on experience in pruning, plant identification, habitat improvement, harvesting, forest management, and more.

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The Backyard Arborist

Proper Pruning and Planting
Saturday November 5th – 9am to 1pm
Cost: $45

The Backyard Arborist course will focus on learning hands-on skills that you can take home to your yard to help ensure the vigour and beauty of your trees and shrubs.

Over the four hours, participants will learn proper pruning techniques to help maintain healthy, attractive and safe trees; transplanting methods for ensuring healthy root growth with little die-back; and how to plant so that your young trees and shrubs will thrive and prosper. These skills will help gardeners of any variety enjoy, enhance, and improve their yards, hedges, and gardens when at home or at the cottage.

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We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

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favicon 16x16Cancellations and Refunds

All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the class date. Half the class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

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All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at or by phone: (902)651-2575.