Plant Identification I & II

Plant Identification I & II

A core skill in the forest or around the yard

Learning how to recognize our native Island plants is a core skill which can enrich many outdoor pursuits. These courses will not only teach you how to identify native flora but also provide contextual knowledge about the species’ adaptations, habitats and natural history.

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

To Register:
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Daniel McRae

Plant Identification I: Native Trees

Session One: Saturday, June 27th 9am-1pm

The course provides outdoor hands-on experience looking at leaves, buds, branches, bark and the basic patterns of native tree identification. We’ll also walk the Macphail Woods grounds to look at specimens of all the native species of trees as well as some of the preferred habitats of these beautiful organisms.

Plant Identification II: Shrubs and Beyond

Session One: Saturday, June 27th 1pm-5pm

Shrubs provide habitat and food for wildlife as well as a staggering number of ecological benefits from nitrogen fixation to shoreline protection. This four-hour course will take us into the Macphail Woods Arboretum which showcases many of the native shrubs you can find across the province. We’ll also introduce ourselves to a small selection of ferns and wildflowers.

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.

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.

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.

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