School Field Trips

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Since 1992 we have been offering summer nature camps, school visits and field trips to help educate about our incredible Island eco-systems, as well as to get these kids out in the woods. We spend the most of our time educating in the out of doors through bird watching, tracking, making art, playing games, observing insects and getting wet and dirty. Each outing is an adventure for the children and an incredible educational experience.

Inquire about a field trip by phone: (902) 651-2575 or email: macphailwoods@gmail.com


Linking Restoration and Education

logo-canon The goal of this was to restore a four-acre block of young forestland by planting a variety of rare native wildflowers, ferns and shrubs with the help of Belfast Consolidated School and their students.


Activities

  • Hands-on Science
    • Owl Pellet Dissection
    • Wildflower survey
    • Insect Inspection
  • Educational Games
    • Crows & Owls
    • Predator & Prey
    • Camouflage
  • Restoration Plantings
    • Arboretum Additions
    • Biodiversity Restoration
    • Wildlife Enhancement
  • Guided Hikes
    • Owl Prowl
    • Tracking Trek
    • Ecological Succession Walk
  • Island Ecology Education
    • Natural History of the Acadian Forest
    • Old Growth Forests
    • Common and Rare Flora and Fauna

    Facilities & Equipment
    owl pellet

    The Nature Centre has already been used by students in our summer program, visiting preschool, public school, college and university students. There is great potential for the building, especially tied in with our extensive nursery, three nature trails, pond, streams, and ongoing forest restoration work. It offers a unique opportunity to all visitors, whether they have come for a full day workshop on mushrooms, an owl prowl or just a look at displays of birds and mammals.

    For schools, we now have facilities for short tours and full day visits. Students learn about the importance of protecting our waterways, the value of native forests, identifying Island flora and fauna, and restoring and maintaining a healthy environment.

    Nature Trails & Woodlands

    Within the woodlot of the Macphail Woods in Orwell, PEI, there is a small area by the Orwell River that contains elements of what once was the Acadian Forest on PEI. You can still see the towering White Pines that Bald eagles currently use for nesting. Yellow birch that rise for meters tower over the stream. Eastern hemlocks along the south slope of the stream are over 2 meters around in circumference. Owls can be seen perching and butterfly caughtFlying squirrels are found here.

    Through the forestry project, we have carried out plantings at over a dozen Island schools and can offer help with the planning and planting of native species. We also encourage schools to set up their own nurseries and can provide both seeds and expertise with these initiatives.

    The combination of indoor displays and teaching space and the nearby trails and woodlands that facilitates hands on teaching and environmental restoration is truly unique. Our goal is to create an affordable building that can sustained as part of our ecological forestry project.

    Fun for all ages

    For other visitors, we offer site tours and workshops on a variety of topics – from tree pruning to mushroom identification. We also are developing a library with both books and magazines related to natural history, ecological forestry, sustainable agriculture and watershed restoration.

    Upcoming Events

    Apr
    29
    Sat
    7:30 pm Owl Prowl 2017 #3
    Owl Prowl 2017 #3
    Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Owl Prowl 2017 #3 @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
    Come celebrate the wonderful world of owls at one of three Owl Prowls at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on April 21, 22 and 29. The Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will open up the Great
    May
    6
    Sat
    10:00 am Landscaping with Native Plants
    Landscaping with Native Plants
    May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Landscaping with Native Plants @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
    The use of native plants to improve wildlife habitat, beautify yards and reduce the size of lawns is attracting a lot of attention these days. A wide variety of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns
    May
    13
    Sat
    8:00 am Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am
    Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am
    May 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
    Island woodlands are alive with birds and their songs. While year-round avian residents such as barred owls and juncos are already sitting on their nests, many migrants have just now returned and are singing up