Events


Events


Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org

Phone: 902-651-2575


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

Jul
26
Mon
Summer Camps: Bushcraft Ecology 1 (Ages 12-14)
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – Jul 30 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will learn the edible and medicinal properties of some local plants. Our camp will include cooking over an open fire, natural crafts such as making birch bark baskets, basic whittling and an overnight camp.

Aug
2
Mon
Summer Camps: Young Ecologists 2 (Ages 10-12)
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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.

Aug
9
Mon
Summer Camps: Nature Discovery Session 2 (Ages 6-8)
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – Aug 13 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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.

Aug
16
Mon
Summer Camps: Becoming a Naturalist Session 2 (Ages 8-10)
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


This camp focuses on encountering and describing the natural world. Through the use of art and other hands-on outdoor activities, they’ll expand their understanding of life in the woodlands, waterways, and fields.

Aug
23
Mon
Summer Camps: Bushcraft Ecology 2 (Ages 14-16)
Aug 23 @ 9:00 am – Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will learn the edible and medicinal properties of some local plants. Our camp will include cooking over an open fire, natural crafts such as making birch bark baskets, basic whittling and an overnight camp.

Sep
4
Sat
SWE: Woodland Ecology: Intro to Forest Stewardship
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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

Sep
25
Sat
SWE: Woodland Ecology: Forest Assessment
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


When trying to manage a forest, being informed about the specific composition of species, soils, water and light is a must. This day-long course will give you practical experience assessing a variety of forest types, continuing to develop the skills introduced in course one.

Oct
23
Sat
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 1: Safety and Felling
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics. This includes, PPE, first aid preparedness, emergency planning, pre start checklists and a discussion of wood fibre and tree physiology. In the afternoon we head outside and the participants learn how to develop a felling plan, practice onsite communication and learn to fell using an open face notch and bore-cut. We also use this time to work on important issues, such as, how to deal with by-pass, and develop a safe felling order.

Oct
24
Sun
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 2: Maintenance, Bucking and Limbing
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


We start with chainsaw maintenance. During this time, attendees will get hands-on practice doing daily maintenance with a focus on sharpening. In the afternoon, we head back outside and learn to disarm spring poles, how to develop a limbing plan, and limbing and bucking techniques and strategies.


Nov
20
Sat
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 1: Safety and Felling
Nov 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics. This includes, PPE, first aid preparedness, emergency planning, pre start checklists and a discussion of wood fibre and tree physiology. In the afternoon we head outside and the participants learn how to develop a felling plan, practice onsite communication and learn to fell using an open face notch and bore-cut. We also use this time to work on important issues, such as, how to deal with by-pass, and develop a safe felling order.

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