School of Woodland Ecology


School of Woodland Ecology

 

Over the last 30 years, Macphail Woods has offered a huge variety of free workshops on topics from owls to botany to forest restoration and more. We soon found our workshops growing in popularity with many participants requesting longer more in-depth hands-on courses.

To fulfill those requests, we launched our School of Woodland Ecology in 2016, offering in-depth courses for adults on a variety of topics from native botany to woodlot management to ecological bushcraft camping!

The School of Woodland Ecology allows participants to delve deeper into specific topics,
developing knowledge, skills and confidence.


Our Philosophy

Our teaching method is based on direct experience, observation, and getting hands-on. Students are taught to recognize keystone patterns whether in a flower or a forest. This time-tested approach works for students of every age and level of understanding and is the basis for sound ecological action.

Our instructors have spent thousands of hours honing their teaching, bushcraft and forest restoration skills and look forward to sharing their enthusiasm with you.

We are dedicated to ensuring a safe learning environment for all participants and believe that sharing a love of nature begins with the care and respect of each individual.

 

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2021 School of Woodland Ecology Courses


Plant Identification

A core skill in the forest
or around the yard

Single Session: $60
Two-course Package: $110

Plant Identification I: Native Trees

Saturday, June 26th
9am – 1pm

Plant Identification II: Shrubs and Beyond

Saturday, June 26th
1pm – 5pm


Backyard Botany

Developing expertise in pruning, planting, and all things botanical

Single Session: $60
Two-course Package: $110

Backyard Botany I: Native Botany

Saturday, June 12th
9am – 1pm

Backyard Botany II: Pruning

Saturday, June 12th
1pm – 5pm


Woodland Ecology

Understanding techniques for creating healthy sustainable forests

Each Session: $120

Woodland Ecology I:
Introduction to Forest Stewardship

Saturday, September 4th
9am – 4pm

Woodland Ecology II: Forest Assessment

Saturday, September 25th
9am – 4pm


Chainsaw Safety Training

Using a saw safely, thoughtfully, and with confidence

Each Session: $150
9am – 4pm

Chainsaw Safety Training I:
Safety and Felling

Session One:Saturday, March 20th
Session Two:Saturday, April 4th
Session Three: Saturday, October 23rd
Session Four:Saturday, November 20th

Chainsaw Safety Traning II:
Maintenance, Bucking and Felling

Session One:Sunday, March 21st
Session Two:Sunday, April 3rd
Session Three: Sunday, October 24th
Session Four:Sunday, November 21st

Chainsaw Safety Traning IV:
Storm Damage

Session One:Sunday, April 18th

Chainsaw Safety Training:
Industry

Three-Day Session:
Wednesday, April 7th through Friday, April 9th
Cost: $450


Bushcraft

Learning to live well in the outdoors

Parent/Child: $60
Complete Wilderness: $120


What to Bring
Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks and clothes suited to the weather as courses are primarily outdoors. We do have bathrooms on-site, a small kitchenette for coffee/tea, and a microwave. Although we provide various equipment for each course, bringing your own tools is always welcome and encouraged.

Location
We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

Cancellations and Refunds
All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the class date. Half the class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

Registrations
All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.


Upcoming Events

Sep
18
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 Learn about the night sky and get to
Sep
25
Sat
9:00 am SWE: Woodland Ecology: Forest As...
SWE: Woodland Ecology: Forest As...
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 When trying to manage a forest, being informed
Oct
9
Sat
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods,
Oct
23
Sat
8:00 am SWE: Basic Chainsaw 1: Safety an...
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 1: Safety an...
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics.
Oct
24
Sun
8:00 am SWE: Basic Chainsaw 2: Maintenan...
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 2: Maintenan...
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 We start with chainsaw maintenance. During this time,

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