Events


Events


Please Note

All our April events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis.
We will be making further announcements in April 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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May
14
Thu
2020 Native Plant Nursery Open – Stay Tuned
May 14 @ 8:00 am – May 16 @ 4:00 pm

Please Note

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

Native Plant Nursery

Open Thursday-Saturdays from 8am-4pm
April 30th – June 6th

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts.

Inquire about our Nursery Catalogue, landscaping services, and ecological forest management!

May
16
Sat
SWE Bushcraft I: Parent and Child Bushcraft
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bushcraft I: Parent and Child Bushcraft

There is great joy in sharing the wonders of nature with children. Join us for a day of camp fires, shelter building and games. Adults and children alike will learn practical skills that include fire and knife safety, basic plant identification and wilderness navigation. Start your family adventure!

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 16 @ 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
21
Thu
2020 Native Plant Nursery Open – Stay Tuned
May 21 @ 8:00 am – May 23 @ 4:00 pm

Please Note

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

Native Plant Nursery

Open Thursday-Saturdays from 8am-4pm
April 30th – June 6th

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts.

Inquire about our Nursery Catalogue, landscaping services, and ecological forest management!

May
23
Sat
Creating and Maintaining Hedgerows and Windbreaks
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Hedgerows are an important part of today’s Island landscape – providing a long list of benefits for humans and wildlife. They protect us from the wind, help slow soil erosion, and create privacy for our homes. They also provide food, homes and protection for everything from flickers to flying squirrels. On Saturday, May 25th, there will be a free workshop on Planning and Planting Hedgerows and Windbreaks at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre in Orwell at 10am.

Participants will learn about assessing site conditions and planning the planting. There are many native plants that can be hedged, including cedar and hemlock in the right conditions. And the list of plants that readily adapt to windbreaks include trees such as white spruce and red oak and shrubs such as chokecherry and willow. Windbreaks can be hedges or full-sized trees, a single row or two or three rows, just trees or a mix of trees and shrubs.

There will also be a discussion on identifying native plants, when they bloom, what types of wildlife will make use of them, and their fall colours.

After selecting the right plants, proper planting and maintenance techniques are very important and will be discussed. This will include timing of the planting, watering, mulching and pruning.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to learn about hedgerows and windbreaks. No registration is necessary. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions, as there will be an outside component to the talk. 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.

May
28
Thu
2020 Native Plant Nursery Open – Stay Tuned
May 28 @ 8:00 am – May 30 @ 4:00 pm

Please Note

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

Native Plant Nursery

Open Thursday-Saturdays from 8am-4pm
April 30th – June 6th

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts.

Inquire about our Nursery Catalogue, landscaping services, and ecological forest management!

Jun
4
Thu
2020 Native Plant Nursery Open – Stay Tuned
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm

Please Note

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

Native Plant Nursery

Open Thursday-Saturdays from 8am-4pm
April 30th – June 6th

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts.

Inquire about our Nursery Catalogue, landscaping services, and ecological forest management!

Jun
6
Sat
Plants of Prince Edward Island with Kate MacQuarrie
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Kate, one of the province’s foremost biologists, will focus on many of the plants, both native and non-native, that you commonly encounter, plus a look at lots of rare trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns. You won’t want to miss this one.

Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Shelterbuilding for Kids

Take your fort-building skills to the next level! On Saturday, June 1, staff of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will be leading a free workshop on Shelterbuilding for Kids. This event takes place on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, and begins at 10am in front of the Nature Centre.

This is an excellent opportunity for the whole family to get outside and learn more about shelterbuilding do’s and don’ts. It is another way to build positive memories of being outside and enjoying nature. The instruction includes everything from how to hang a tarp securely to how to harvest material without being destructive.

You’ll be encouraged to let your wild creativity fly by designing and building your own outdoor shelter. It is a great experience to create something special while working with other people.

This will be the second year offering this workshop, and it was wildly popular in 2018. 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.

Jun
7
Sun
How Much Can Wildlife Understand? With Bob Bancroft
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are thrilled that Bob is coming over again from Nova Scotia. The well-known CBC Radio Noon guest and advocate for nature throughout the region will explore some of the myths surrounding forests and wildlife. Bob will offer insights into how we can protect and enhance our forests by being a better-informed public.

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