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We love what we do at the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, whether its collecting seeds, planting shrubs, or exploring new or old island forests, we take great joy in our interactions with our Island ecosystems. This enthusiasm comes through in our teachings.

favicon 16x16Sharing a Love of Nature Summer Camps

Love of Nature camps green badge smallSince 1992 we have been offering summer camps for youth aged 6 to 16. These exciting educational nature camps offer a week of fox walking, frog whispering, making art, playing games, observing insects and getting wet and dirty.

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favicon 16x16Free Workshops, Walks & Talks

Through out the year, we offer free workshops ranging from walks & talks which are enjoyable for everyone with even just a curiosity into things natural, to educational seminars on more specific skills like pruning trees and shrubs or identifying local flora and fauna.

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favicon 16x16School Yard Naturalization

Every year we help students plant trees and shrubs at schools. School yard plantings should be considered an extension of the classroom, becoming the focal spot for teaching a variety of subjects. At many schools, teachers and students have recognized that planting trees would help to make the school yards more interesting and attractive.

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favicon 16x16UPEI Ecological Forestry Course

Since 2009, we’ve been lucky to partner with the University of PEI in offering an Introduction to Ecological Forestry. This course is offered sometime in the summer and happens off-campus at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. It is a week long immersive and experiencial learning course which gets students outside learning first hand how to identify native species, how to properly plan and enact restoration work in our native Acadian Forests as well as taking a broader look at forestry practices across Canada. It is always a great time and is usually booked up quickly.

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favicon 16x16Macphail Woods Guided Site Visits

In addition to our free workshops, we provide a number of services to any group that wants to visit the Macphail Woods site. From elementary schools to elder hostels to private groups, we can take you for a walk, or plan activities for a whole day. If you’d like to inquire about a tour and visit to our Nature Centre and trails in Orwell, please contact us: (902)651-2575 or

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If you have questions concerning any of our events or you would like to inquire about booking a tour or school visit then please take a look at our events calendar or sends us an email at or contact by phone at (902)651-2575.

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