Environmental Education


Environmental Education

We love what we do at the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, whether its collecting seeds, planting shrubs, or exploring new or old island forests, we take great joy in our interactions with our Island ecosystems. This enthusiasm comes through in our teachings.



 

Summer Camps

Since 1992 we have been offering summer camps for youth aged 6 to 16. These exciting educational nature camps offer a week of fox walking, frog whispering, making art, playing games, observing insects and getting wet and dirty.

Every camp is an adventure for the children but also an incredible educational experience.

Adult Courses

Our School of Woodland Ecology is an exciting new initiative we launched in 2016. We are now offering in-depth courses for adults on a variety of topics from native botany to woodlot management to ecological bushcraft camping! These courses will allow participants to delve deeper into specific topics, developing expertise, skills and confidence.


Free Workshops, Walks & Talks

Through out the year, we offer free workshops ranging from walks & talks which are enjoyable for everyone with even just a curiosity into things natural, to educational seminars on more specific skills like pruning trees and shrubs or identifying local flora and fauna.

School Visits & Fieldtrips

Every year we help students plant trees and shrubs at schools. School yard plantings should be considered an extension of the classroom, becoming the focal spot for teaching a variety of subjects. At many schools, teachers and students have recognized that planting trees would help to make the school yards more interesting and attractive.


Post Secondary Ecological Forestry Course

Since 2009, we’ve been lucky to partner with the University of PEI in offering an Introduction to Ecological Forestry. This course is a week-long immersive hands-on experience. It is offered at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Acadia University.

Schoolground Naturalization

School yard plantings should be considered an extension of the classroom, becoming the focal spot for teaching a variety of subjects. They also provide a number of ecological and economic benefits such as reduced heating/cooling costs at your school, pollinator gardens and improved wildlife habitat.

 
 


If you have questions concerning any of our events or you would like to inquire about booking a tour or school visit then please contact us by email at macphailwoods@gmail.com or by phone at (902)651-2575.

Upcoming Events

May
25
Sat
10:00 am Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This workshop will look at on creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants. Participants will learn about which plants are best, spacing, planting and maintenance.
Jun
1
Sat
10:00 am Shelter-building for Kids
Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Take your fort-building skills to the next level! Get outside with the whole family and learn more about shelter do’s and don’ts and how to hang a tarp securely. Let your wild creativity fly by
Jun
8
Sat
10:00 am Plants of Prince Edward Island w...
Plants of Prince Edward Island w...
Jun 8 @ 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
Jun
9
Sun
2:00 pm Debunking Forest-Wildlife Myths ...
Debunking Forest-Wildlife Myths ...
Jun 9 @ 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.
Jul
27
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to

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