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 am SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduc...
SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduc...
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship This course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve and manage their own woodlot whether it be creating better access, harvesting wood or
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.
9:00 am SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and...
SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and...
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling Spring Session: Saturday, April 11th Fall Session: Saturday,November 7th When trying to manage a forest, being informed about the specific composition of species, soils, water and light is a
9:00 am SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenan...
SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenan...
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenance and Felling Spring Session: Sunday, April 12th Fall Session: Sunday,November 8th This course will continue to build on skills learned in Basic Chainsaw I. The morning will be devoted to learning

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