Events


Events


Please Note

Our upcoming free events have been cancelled for the month of September due to the current Covid crisis.
Our Site is open only by appointment, no walk-ins.
Contact Daniel McRae for more information
danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
902-651-2575
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

Click here to download a PDF of our Events Calendar


Online Events Calendar

Apr
18
Wed
Owl Prowl
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Apr
20
Fri
Owl Prowl
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Apr
22
Sun
Owl Prowl
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Apr
28
Sat
Owl Prowl
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

May
5
Sat
Landscaping with Native Plants
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The use of native plants to improve wildlife habitat, beautify yards and reduce the size of lawns is attracting a lot of attention these days. A wide variety of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns can be combined to create everything from wild areas to formal hedges. On Saturday, May 5th, a workshop on Native Plant Landscaping will be held at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell.

Gary Schneider of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will lead the workshop, which begins at 2pm. The tour starts with a slide show in the Nature Centre, offering some basic plant identification and a discussion on what varieties can be planted in different areas. Trees such as red oak, eastern hemlock and white birch lend themselves to many types of plantings where space is available. Taller shrubs such as American mountain ash and hawthorn are showy and offer excellent sources of winter food for wildlife.

Participants will learn which types of plants provide the best food for both wildlife and humans. Serviceberry and common elder are excellent choices for home plantings, as the berries are prized by birds and can be eaten right off the shrub or made into pies and wines. Ferns and perennial wildflowers also play important roles in native plant landscaping, as their beauty is a constant source of pride for the home gardener. Visitors will get a chance to look at the plantings at Macphail Woods and discuss some of their own landscaping situations.

Registration is not required and there is no charge for the workshop. The workshop is part of an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.

May
12
Sat
Birds and Breakfast
May 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The Macphail Homestead will be open at 7am to serve a free “early bird” breakfast. Join other birders beside the fireplace in the Great Room for at hot beverage and breakfast treats to start your day out right! Donations will be gladly accepted to help cover costs.

Then walk the trails of the Macphail Homestead with Fiep de Bie, looking at year-round residents and returning migratory birds. A great walk for the whole family. Wear your boots, and bring binoculars if you have them.

Shelter-building for Kids
May 12 @ 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 designing and building your own outdoor shelter.

May
19
Sat
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Participants will practice pruning on a variety of plants in the nursery, arboretum and woodlands. Please bring along any of your favourite pruning tools. Workshop will include a slide show and demonstration of proper pruning methods and a discussion of recommended books and tools.

May
26
Sat
Hedgerows and Windbreaks
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This workshop will look at creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants.

Jun
2
Sat
Plants of PEI with Kate MacQuarrie
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

In celebration of Island flora, biologist Kate MacQuarrie will be sharing her love of plants at Macphail Woods on Saturday, June 2. Kate will walk the nature trails of the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, starting at 10 am at the arboretum. She will point out common and uncommon species of flowering and non-flowering plants. Wildflowers, ferns, club mosses, shrubs – all these and more will be part of the discussion and identification.

For many years, Kate has travelled different types of habitats across the Island looking for both rare and common plants. In her work with the Island Nature Trust and now as Director of the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division of the Department of Communities, Land and Environment, she has studied dune systems, old growth forests, and everything in between. This field work has given her an intimate knowledge of both native and non-native plants.

This walk will be an excellent opportunity to learn about woodland flowers such as bunchberry and nodding trillium, as well as rarer wildflowers and ferns. There is no charge for the walk and no registration is necessary. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. For more information, call 651-2575, check out our web site (macphailwoods.org) or visit us on Facebook.

Over the years, hundreds of people have taken part in the plant workshops at Macphail Woods and become more observant of the natural world around them. This event is just one of the many nature and forestrelated walks and workshops sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of PEI throughout the year.

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