Over the last 18 years Macphail Woods has developed a unique approach to nature education.

Using an intuitive and practical approach to teaching, children of all ages can become birdwatchers, botanists and trackers. â€‹Giving kids positive experiences in nature builds confidence, excitement about being outside, and a deeper appreciation for the world around us. 

We run day camps for children aged 6 to 16, covering topics from bird identification to swamp ecosystems to fire lighting. We go for hikes in the woods and in streams and marshes, hoot for owls, play games, explore the fields and woods around the property, and create art. We learn best through hands-on experience, and each camp is an adventure. 

Our goal is to give campers an exciting but safe week. Small camp sizes and a high teacher to camper ratio as well as years of experience are important factors in accomplishing this goal. Camp leaders are trained in first aid.


Sarah Campion

(902) 651-2575

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Camp Runs from 9:00-3:00 every day, regardless of weather. 

What to Bring

  • All campers need to bring a substantial lunch and snack to camp daily. Please use reusable containers.
  • Campers should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for most of the day. Please pack a change of clothes daily as well as a bathing suit!
  • All campers must wear closed-toed shoes to camp. Sandals may be packed as back up but are not acceptable for all camp activities.
  • Every camper needs a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat, bug hat or bug spray and . Please remember to label everything.

Cancellations & 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 camp cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the camp. If you would like to cancel within two weeks of the camp no refund will be issued.

Financial Assistance
We also offer financial assistance to those kids who would like to come but may not be able to afford registration. Please contact us to find out more.


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