Identifying Native Trees and Shrubs

Identifying Native
Trees and Shrubs

Saturday, June 29th
9am – 1pm



Learning how to recognize our native Island plants is a core skill whether you are a woodlot owner, nature enthusiast or someone who wants to live off the land. Often, learning what plants live around you can seem like an indomitable task but keeping your eyes open for certain patterns can being to unravel the mystery. At Macphail Woods, we often find plant identification to be a humbling task. No matter how adept or knowledgable you may be, the natural world is full of surprises and riddles for those looking. Solving these is a very rewarding experience that will open your eyes up to the world around you and help in many of your outdoor pursuits, from harvesting firewood to camping to birding and more.

As you begin to recognize individual species, different types of habitat become more apparent, what kinds of wildlife live in the area can be revealed and even soil types, water levels, and more can be gleaned.

For more than 25 years, Macphail Woods has been teaching plant identification to people of all ages, through our kids summer camps, school visits, UPEI course, free workshops and more. And over those years we’ve developed techniques to help anyone become more comfortable in our Island woods as well as get to know many of our Island species of trees and shrubs.

This course will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre adjacent to our native plant nursery and arboretum which showcases many of the native species you can find across the province. The course will run 4 hours and include lots of outdoor hands-on experience looking at leaves, buds, branches and bark as well as the preferred habitats of many of these beautiful and sometime rare species. The total cost is $45.

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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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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.

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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 or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Upcoming Events

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10:00 am Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Participants will practice pruning on a variety of plants in the nursery, arboretum and woodlands. Please bring along any of your favourite pruning tools. Workshop will include a slide show and demonstration of proper pruning
10:00 am Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
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