About us

About Us

The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is a non-profit, charitable initiative of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.

It combines protection of the natural areas with wildlife enhancement, forest stewardship, watershed protection, environmental education and ecological research.

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Contact Us

  • Gary Schneider

  • Project Coordinator
  • Phone:
  • (902)651-2575
  • Email:
  • macphailwoods@gmail.com

  • Eric Edward

  • Nature Camps Director/Forester
  • Email:
  • ericedward@macphailwoods.org


  • Daniel McRae

  • Forester/Educator/Website
  • Email:
  • danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org

Get Involved!

Macphail Woods is a unique charitable non-profit. If you have enjoyed our owl prowls or plant walks, if your children have been inspired by our summer programs or school plantings, or if you just want to help us steward the public forest land, please consider making a donation.

Learn more about how you can help!


The project began in September of 1991 with a wildlife garden and native plant nursery. It now includes walking trails, demonstration windbreaks, our Nature Center, a four acre native plant nursery and arboretum as well as stewardship of over 2000 acres of public land for the Provincial Government. We offer regular workshops, walks and talks on a wide variety of topics from natural history to sustainable silvicultural to our ever popular owl prowls. There are also paid courses such as our Sharing a Love of Nature Summer Camps and our School of Woodland Ecology


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Looking to get some trees pruned professionally? Need help sustainably managing your woodlot? Interested in native plant landscaping in your yard or around your cottage?

Upcoming Events

9:00 pm Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Jul 6 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm
Young Ecologists: Session One 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
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm
Nature Discovery: Session One This camp will introduce the children to the woods, stream and native tree nursery that surround our Nature Center. The campers will delight in learning to use all their senses to
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm
Becoming a Naturalist Session One This camp focuses on encountering and describing the natural world. Through the use of art and other hands-on outdoor activities, they’ll expand their understanding of life in the woodlands, waterways,
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm
Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-14 These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will

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