Events


At Macphail Woods, we offer many events over the course of the year. We offer free events with no registration required on a variety of topics from owls to plant identification to woodlot ownership. We also offer more intensive events, from Summer Camps to our School of Woodland Ecology courses, which can be registered for and paid online. If you have any questions please contact us by phone (902)651-2575 or email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org

Click here to download a PDF of our 2019 Events Calendar


Online Events Calendar

Sep
23
Sat
Knots and Natural Cordage
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Knots and Natural Cordage

Sept 23rd – 9am-1pm – $45

 

Does the job require a truckers hitch or just two half hitches? Should I use a sheet bend, zeppelin bend or a square knot? Knowing how to select the right knot for the job and how to tie it properly is a tremendously satisfying skill.

At this course we will introduce the three main categories of knot tying: loops, bends and hitches. We will also cover lashing, stopper knots and rope care. With the basics under our belt, we will also introduce the wide world of natural cordage. Using only natural materials we learn to create variety of sturdy cord. Never be without a good piece of rope again.


Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

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

Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.


Oct
7
Sat
Woodland Ecology: A Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Woodland Ecology

An Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 7th – 9am-4:30pm – $100

 

Whether it is one acre or one hundred acres, owning a woodlot can be a joyful but daunting task. Creating trails, restoring biodiversity and learning how to harvest responsibly all require a variety of skills, everything from plant identification to pruning to habitat improvement. Being able to safely and responsibly work in your own forest is extremely rewarding and will provide benefits for generations to come.

blue spotted bushcraft

Over the past twenty five years, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project has been restoring forests across the Island, whether on private woodlands, municipal properties or provincial public forest land. Through our experience, we’ve developed tried and true methods for increasing biodiversity, improving wildlife habitat, harvesting sustainably, and adding value to your forest. Smaller patch cuts can create wonderful areas for native plantings; selective thinnings can improve the health of the forest while still providing firewood for the winter; and basic plant identification can let you see other amazing values in your forest such as delicious fiddleheads and chanterelle mushrooms.

Our Woodland Ecology course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve and manage their own forest whether it be through creating better access, harvesting wood or creating a refuge for local wildlife. Over the day, participants will gain hands-on experience in pruning, plant identification, habitat improvement, harvesting, forest planning, and more.

While observing various forest types, participants will discuss what techniques would be suitable for improving the health of the forest. Methods will add both ecological and economic value to your woodland and provide a place to enjoy our Island ecology for generations.

This course will be excellent for woodlot owners, watershed workers, wildlife managers and parks employees. We’ll spend most of the time outdoors looking at plants and a variety of forest habitats.

The one-day course runs from 9am till 4:30pm. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre where students will have the use of a variety of pruning and planting tools. There will also be pruning saws for sale for any who are interested. The total cost for the course is $100.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact us via email danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone (902)651-2575


Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

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

Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.


Nov
3
Fri
Sustainable Fuelwood Harvesting
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Sustainable Fuelwood Harvesting

Nov 3rd-5th – 9am-4pm – $150

 

Burning firewood can be an affordable and potentially carbon neutral way to heat your home. However, the vast majority of fuelwood is harvested from clearcuts and even homeowners cutting their own wood can damage forestland.

This two day course will introduce participants to all aspects of sustainable fuelwood harvesting: chainsaw safety, plant identification, forest ecology, tree extraction, pruning, splitting and stacking.


Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

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

Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.


Jun
9
Sat
The Backyard Arborist: Proper Pruning and Planting
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Backyard Arborist: Proper Pruning and Planting

Saturday, June 9th
$45

“A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke … he is writing his signature on the face of the land.” -Aldo Leopold

Proper tree care is crucial to a healthy, beautiful and inviting yard. Keeping that shade tree’s canopy vigorous lets you enjoy a lovely nap in the afternoon heat. Quality pruning allows landscaped shrubs to put their energy into beautiful flowers rather than unsightly wounds. And knowing a dangerous branch lets you avoid damage to your house or others out enjoying the yard.

pruning

The Backyard Arborist course will focus on learning hands-on skills that you can take home to your yard to help ensure the vigour and beauty of your trees and shrubs. Over the four hours, participants will learn proper pruning techniques to help maintain healthy, attractive and safe trees; transplanting methods for ensuring healthy root growth with little die-back; and how to plant so that your young trees and shrubs will thrive and prosper. These skills will help gardeners of any variety enjoy, enhance, and improve their yards, hedges, and gardens when at home or at the cottage.

The course runs from 9am until 1pm at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre on the Macphail Homestead in Orwell. The total cost for the course will be $45.

If you have any questions about the course please call us at (902) 651-2575 or email us at macphailwoods@gmail.com


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Jun
23
Sat
Identifying Native Trees and Shrubs
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Identifying Native Trees and Shrubs

Saturday, June 23rd
$45

Learning how to recognize our native Island plants is a core skill whether you are a woodlot owner, nature enthusiast or someone who wants to live off the land. Often, learning what plants live around you can seem like an indomitable task but keeping your eyes open for certain patterns can being to unravel the mystery. At Macphail Woods, we often find plant identification to be a humbling task. No matter how adept or knowledgable you may be, the natural world is full of surprises and riddles for those looking. Solving these is a very rewarding experience that will open your eyes up to the world around you and help in many of your outdoor pursuits, from harvesting firewood to camping to birding and more.

As you begin to recognize individual species, different types of habitat become more apparent, what kinds of wildlife live in the area can be revealed and even soil types, water levels, and more can be gleaned.

For more than 25 years, Macphail Woods has been teaching plant identification to people of all ages, through our kids summer camps, school visits, UPEI course, free workshops and more. And over those years we’ve developed techniques to help anyone become more comfortable in our Island woods as well as get to know many of our Island species of trees and shrubs.

This course will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre adjacent to our native plant nursery and arboretum which showcases many of the native species you can find across the province. The course will run 4 hours and include lots of outdoor hands-on experience looking at leaves, buds, branches and bark as well as the preferred habitats of many of these beautiful and sometime rare species. The total cost is $45.


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Jul
14
Sat
Introduction to Native Botany
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Introduction to Native Botany

Saturday, July 14th
$45

Plants are amazing organisms. Every year more scientific discoveries shed light on the fascinating lives of plants from tiny algae to ancient trees. A basic knowledge of botany can help with many outdoor activities from pruning to planting, forest restoration to harvesting and enrich forest hikes and seaside walks.

Participants of this half-day course will learn about the types of plants that can be found on PEI, from liverworts and mosses to trees and ferns. Using our native plant nursery and arboretum as well as forest trails, we will have hands-on examples to demonstrate how plants grow, how roots systems connect, strategies for survival and propagation and more. For more than 25 years Macphail Woods has been propagating rare species, experimenting with different techniques of forest restoration and looking at ecological connection between different habitats and plant communities.

This is a great course for any who have a love of nature and particularly for gardeners, woodlot owners, biology students, environmental educators and any one who likes to put on a pair of boots and get out on a trail.

The half-day course runs from 9am till 1:00pm. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. The total cost for the course is $45. Registrations can be done online through our booking system or by phone (902)651-2575 or email (danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org).


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Aug
1
Wed
How to Share a Love of Nature: A Course of Island Educators
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – Aug 3 @ 3:00 pm

How to Share a Love of Nature:
A Course for Island Educators

August 1st – 3rd
$200

There is almost nothing as rewarding as watching a child fall in love with nature. Despite its potential, nature education can seem overwhelming and difficult to integrate into regular classroom activities. After nearly 20 years of teaching, we have developed an intuitive and practical approach to nature education that helps teachers become co-learners with their students.

This three-day course is for all educators and will happen concurrently with our summer camps. By combining theory-based lectures, experiential learning and taking part in camp activities, students will gain a foundational knowledge of the Island’s plants and animals and develop a host of educational tools.

Participants will learn:

  • The benefits of co-learning
  • Outdoor class management skills
  • How to identify native plants and animals including invasive species
  • Educational games and crafts
  • How to describe the natural world using all five senses
  • How to use the schoolyard as a classroom for all subjects
  • A basic understanding of the Island’s unique ecosystems
  • The power of play
  • The importance of direct experience

 

Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. The total cost for the course is $200.


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Sep
22
Sat
Knots and Natural Cordage
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Knots and Natural Cordage

Saturday Sept 22nd
$100

Does the job require a truckers hitch or just two half hitches? Should I use a sheet bend, zeppelin bend or a square knot? Knowing how to select the right knot for the job and how to tie it properly is a tremendously satisfying skill.

At this course we will introduce the three main categories of knot tying: loops, bends and hitches. We will also cover lashing, stopper knots and rope care. With the basics under our belt, we will also introduce the wide world of natural cordage. Using only natural materials we learn to create variety of sturdy cord. Never be without a good piece of rope again.

The half-day course runs from 9am till 1:00pm. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. The total cost for the course is $45. Registrations can be done online through our booking system or by phone (902)651-2575 or email (danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org).


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Oct
6
Sat
Woodland Ecology: An Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Woodland Ecology:
An Introduction to Forest Stewardship

Saturday, October 6th
$100

Whether it is one acre or one hundred acres, owning a woodlot can be a joyful but daunting task. Creating trails, restoring biodiversity and learning how to harvest responsibly all require a variety of skills, everything from plant identification to pruning to habitat improvement. Being able to safely and responsibly work in your own forest is extremely rewarding and will provide benefits for generations to come.

blue spotted bushcraft

Over the past twenty five years, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project has been restoring forests across the Island, whether on private woodlands, municipal properties or provincial public forest land. Through our experience, we’ve developed tried and true methods for increasing biodiversity, improving wildlife habitat, harvesting sustainably, and adding value to your forest. Smaller patch cuts can create wonderful areas for native plantings; selective thinnings can improve the health of the forest while still providing firewood for the winter; and basic plant identification can let you see other amazing values in your forest such as delicious fiddleheads and chanterelle mushrooms.

Our Woodland Ecology course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve and manage their own forest whether it be through creating better access, harvesting wood or creating a refuge for local wildlife. Over the day, participants will gain hands-on experience in pruning, plant identification, habitat improvement, harvesting, forest planning, and more.

While observing various forest types, participants will discuss what techniques would be suitable for improving the health of the forest. Methods will add both ecological and economic value to your woodland and provide a place to enjoy our Island ecology for generations.

This course will be excellent for woodlot owners, watershed workers, wildlife managers and parks employees. We’ll spend most of the time outdoors looking at plants and a variety of forest habitats.

The one-day course runs from 9am till 4:30pm. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre where students will have the use of a variety of pruning and planting tools. There will also be pruning saws for sale for any who are interested. The total cost for the course is $100.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact us via email danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone (902)651-2575


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Nov
2
Fri
Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance
Nov 2 @ 9:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm

Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

Spring Session: April 27th-29th
Fall Session: November 2nd-4th
$250

Burning firewood can be an affordable and potentially carbon neutral way to heat your home. However, the vast majority of fuelwood is harvested from clearcuts and even homeowners cutting their own wood can damage forestland.

This three-day course will introduce participants to many aspects of sustainable fuelwood harvesting: chainsaw safety, plant identification, forest ecology, tree extraction, pruning, felling and workplace safety.

The three-day course runs from 9am till 4:00pm each day. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. Registrations can be done online through our booking system or by phone (902)651-2575 or email (danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org).


favicon 16x16Location

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

Click here to find us on google maps!

favicon 16x16Cancellations and 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 class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Registrations

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

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