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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

9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will