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The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry project offers a wide range of services to help restore habitats across the Island. Although as a non-profit organization we often focus on the restoration and conservation of our Acadian Forests, Macphail Woods sees the need to bridge the gap between protection and use. Through our work, we demonstrate that the forest can still be used as a resource all while improving its biodiversity, quality of life and the vitality of the ecosystem.

If you would like to hire us or have a question please contact us:
Project Coordinator: Gary Schneider
Phone: (902)651-2575
Location: 269 Macphail Park Rd., Orwell, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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We operate a Native plant nursery which focuses on native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, which is open to the public. Native plants act as great additions around homes or in the woods.

In our Sharing a love of Nature camp, kids get a chance to explore the Macphail woods property though hikes, games and crafts.

If you own a woodlot, and would like to know more about its current condition or recommendations on how to proceed with making it a healthier eco-system, then we can help.

We offer landscaping services using our own native plants; ranging from urban plantings, to schoolground naturalization to forest restoration.

A classroom visit from a Macphail woods instructor is a fun way to introduce many scientific concepts using local flora and fauna. Studying the incredibly diverse Acadian forest lets kids revisit their discoveries any day of the week.

We will walk your woods and establish a management plan which both assesses your woods currently, as well as plans for the future health, vitality, and prosperity of your forest.

We can do cuttings as well as restoration plantings in your woods, establishing more native seed sources, rare plants, and high-value species.

A guided walk through the beautiful Macphail woods whether for an Elderhostel or a school visit is a wonderful way to learn about our Island ecology.

We also offer forest services, such as restoration plantings, management plans, trail making, and harvesting.

A week-long experiential learning course that lets you manage your own parcel of forest, while learning the principles of restoration forestry in the Acadian forest.

We offer all kinds of workshops and seminars on Island Nature, from identification walks, to bird talks, to UPEI courses to our yearly Children’s camps.

If you have questions about what we do, and how we can help you, please contact Gary Schneider by phone: (902)651-2575 or by email:

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Upcoming Events

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
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
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