Events


Events


Please Note

All our June events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis.
We will be making further announcements later in June about future events.
Please take care of each other and stay safe.

Since 1991, we’ve been offering a variety of free programming, from fun-for-the-whole-family events like our popular Owl Prowls to hands-on workshops like Pruning. We love to share our expertise and enthusiasm with anyone curious about our native landscapes.

Due to popular demand, our offerings have grown to include our adventure-filled Sharing a Love of Nature Summer Camps, our in-depth School of Woodland Ecology, and our immersive University Courses.

If you have any questions please contact us by phone (902)651-2575 or email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org

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Online Events Calendar

Jul
17
Mon
Nature Discovery Week 1
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm

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 understand the natural world, as well as create crafts, tell stories and play games designed to give them a foundation for further inquiry and exploration.

Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!

Jul
24
Mon
Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm

This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to identify our Island’s flora and fauna.

Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!

Jul
31
Mon
Young Ecologists Week 2
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm

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 develop their understanding of how we can take positive environmental action.

Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!

Aug
7
Mon
Nature Discovery Week 2
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm

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 understand the natural world, as well as create crafts, tell stories and play games designed to give them a foundation for further inquiry and exploration.

Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!

Aug
14
Mon
Bushcraft Ecology
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm

These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibers, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will learn the edible and medicinal properties of local plants. Our camp will include cooking over an open fire, and playing games that help develop the children’s senses and awareness to bring them closer to nature. Campers will also make natural crafts such as birch bark baskets, perform basic whittling and woodcarving. The experience also includes an overnight camp with activities such as meal preparation, s’mores, a forest night hike and stargazing.

Thursday – Overnight Campout

Leading up to and during the 30 hrs excursion we intend to work on specific skills with the campers. They are; how and what to pack for an overnight excursion, leaving no trace, basic personal and group safety protocols, navigation with map and compass, camp site selection, safe water collection, fire safety, outdoor cooking, nighttime ecology, owl calling, naked eye astronomy and wildlife observation. Many of these skills we already include in our current teaching, however for most of our campers it will be their first opportunity to test their abilities and learn first hand new skills in a practical setting.

Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!

Aug
19
Sat
Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

confed-planting-smallThe Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will host a volunteer planting on Saturday, August 19th, from 1-4pm at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell. Come out and help expand our native plant arboretum, one of the most beautiful settings for native plants in the province.

Anyone interested in native plants, wildlife enhancement or Acadian forests is encouraged to attend. These plantings will be used in our educational activities for young and old. They will also improve wildlife habitat, increase biodiversity and provide future seed sources for both rare and common native plants.

The newest area of the arboretum already has large beds of swamp milkweed, yellow coneflower, bog birch, eastern hemlock – a whole range of beautiful plants. Eventually we would like to see most of the Island’s native plant species represented, highlighting the trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns of the Acadian forest region.

Volunteers should dress according to weather conditions. Macphail Woods staff will be on-site to lead the work and there will be lots of shovels and other tools available.

For more information, call 651-2575, check out our web site (macphailwoods.org), email us(macphailwoods@gmail.com) or visit us on Facebook.

Aug
11
Sat
Arboretum Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already a beautiful area and will continue to improve over the years as we add more plantings of both rare and common species. Come out to help anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Aug
17
Sat
Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already a beautiful area and will continue to improve over the years as we add more plantings of both rare and common species. Come out to help anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Jul
6
Mon
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Session One
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 develop their understanding of how we can take positive environmental action.

Learn More!

Jul
13
Mon
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Session One
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 understand the natural world, as well as create crafts, tell stories and play games designed to give them a foundation for further inquiry and exploration.

Learn More!

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