School of Woodland Ecology


School of Woodland Ecology

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Over the last 25 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 http://uqueenhair.com/?mapca1.

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! http://trfchurch.org/?mapca1

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

http://vizualize.me/dumakake# 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.

http://voyance-lyon.com/?mapsro1 Our instructors have spent thousands of hours honing their teaching, bushcraft and forest restoration skills and look forward to sharing their enthusiasm with you.

click to see more 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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2020 School of Woodland Ecology Courses


Plant Identification

A core skill in the forest
or around the yard
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Single Session: $55
Two-course Package: $100

Plant Identification I: Native Trees

Saturday, June 27th
9am – 1pm

Plant Identification II: Shrubs and Beyond

Saturday, June 27th
1pm – 5pm


Backyard Botanist

Developing expertise in pruning, planting, and all things botanical

Single Session: $55
Two-course Package: $100

Backyard Botanist I: Native Botany

Saturday, June 13th
9am – 1pm

Backyard Botanist II: Pruning

Saturday, June 13th
1pm – 5pm


Woodland Ecology

Understanding techniques for creating healthy sustainable forests

Each Session: $100

Woodland Ecology II: Forest Assessment

Saturday, August 8th
9am – 4pm


Basic Chainsaw

Using a saw safely, thoughtfully, and with confidence

Each Session: $125

Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling

Session One: CANCELLED
Session Two: Saturday, November 7th 9am – 4pm

Basic Chainsaw II:
Maintenance and Felling

Session One: CANCELLED
Session Two: Sunday, November 8th 9am – 4pm


Bushcraft

Learning to live well in the outdoors

Parent/Child: $45
Complete Wilderness: $100

Bushcraft II: Complete Wilderness Skills

Saturday, September 26th
9am – 4pm


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.

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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

May
28
Thu
8:00 am 2020 Native Plant Nursery Open –...
2020 Native Plant Nursery Open –...
May 28 @ 8:00 am – May 30 @ 4:00 pm
Please Note All our April events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis. We will be making further announcements in April about future events. Please take care of each other and stay safe.
Jun
4
Thu
8:00 am 2020 Native Plant Nursery Open –...
2020 Native Plant Nursery Open –...
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm
Please Note All our April events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis. We will be making further announcements in April about future events. Please take care of each other and stay safe.
Jun
6
Sat
10:00 am Plants of Prince Edward Island w...
Plants of Prince Edward Island w...
Jun 6 @ 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
10:00 am Shelter-building for Kids
Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Shelterbuilding for Kids Take your fort-building skills to the next level! On Saturday, June 1, staff of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will be leading a free workshop on Shelterbuilding for Kids. This event
Jun
7
Sun
2:00 pm How Much Can Wildlife Understand...
How Much Can Wildlife Understand...
Jun 7 @ 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.

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