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

10:00 am Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This workshop will look at on creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants. Participants will learn about which plants are best, spacing, planting and maintenance.
10:00 am Shelter-building for Kids
Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Take your fort-building skills to the next level! Get outside with the whole family and learn more about shelter do’s and don’ts and how to hang a tarp securely. Let your wild creativity fly by
10:00 am Plants of Prince Edward Island w...
Plants of Prince Edward Island w...
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Kate, one of the province’s foremost biologists, will focus on many of the plants, both native and non-native, that you commonly encounter, plus a look at lots of rare trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns. You
2:00 pm Debunking Forest-Wildlife Myths ...
Debunking Forest-Wildlife Myths ...
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We are thrilled that Bob is coming over again from Nova Scotia. The well-known CBC Radio Noon guest and advocate for nature throughout the region will explore some of the myths surrounding forests and wildlife.
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 27 @ 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

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