- Native Plant Nursery
- Environmental Education
- Nature Guides
- About Us
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.
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.
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.
Whether a weekend nature enthusiast, woodlot owner, outdoor educator or industry professional, we will help you learn hands-on skills which will contribute to all of your outdoor pursuits.
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.
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.
Since 2009, we’ve been lucky to partner with the University of PEI in offering an Introduction to Ecological Forestry. This course is offered sometime in the summer and happens off-campus at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. It is a week long immersive and experiencial learning course which gets students outside learning first hand how to identify native species, how to properly plan and enact restoration work in our native Acadian Forests as well as taking a broader look at forestry practices across Canada. It is always a great time and is usually booked up quickly.
In addition to our free workshops, we provide a number of services to any group that wants to visit the Macphail Woods site. From elementary schools to elder hostels to private groups, we can take you for a walk, or plan activities for a whole day. If you’d like to inquire about a tour and visit to our Nature Centre and trails in Orwell, please contact us: (902)651-2575 or [email protected]
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 [email protected] or by phone at (902)651-2575.