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

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.

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!


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.


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.


Post Secondary Education

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.

Click here for the UPEI Registrars Office

Click here for the Acadia Registrars Office


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

Jul
6
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Jul 6 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm
Young Ecologists: Session One This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and
Jul
13
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm
Nature Discovery: Session One This camp will introduce the children to the woods, stream and native tree nursery that surround our Nature Center. The campers will delight in learning to use all their senses to
Jul
20
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm
Becoming a Naturalist Session One This camp focuses on encountering and describing the natural world. Through the use of art and other hands-on outdoor activities, they’ll expand their understanding of life in the woodlands, waterways,
Jul
25
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 25 @ 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
Jul
27
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm
Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-14 These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will

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