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

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Online Events Calendar

Jul
15
Sat
Introduction to Native Botany
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Introduction to Native Botany

July 15th – 9am-1pm – $45

 

Plants are amazing creatures. 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).


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.


Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

woodland ecology school homeThe Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will walk the trails and discuss ways to improve different types of woodlands.

Forest restoration is attracting more and more attention these days as people work to reverse the degradation they see happening all across the region. The workshop will look at the concepts behind restoring our native Acadian forest, no matter what state they are in.

As part of its work on restoring the native Acadian forest, the Macphail Woods project has been using a variety of silvicultural techniques to improve and enrich stands of old field white spruce or low-value hardwoods. The thinnings and small patch cuts are generally followed with plantings that incorporate a mixture of native trees and shrubs to improve diversity, enhance wildlife habitat and add value.

The walk will provide an excellent opportunity to not only learn more about woodlands but also to share your knowledge. While walking through the various forest types, participants will discuss the variety of techniques that could be used to improve the sites, which may involve cutting and/or planting. Bring your ideas and your forest problems – there will be plenty of time for discussion.

This is just one of the many walks and workshops offered throughout the year at Macphail Woods. For more information call 651-2575, email us at macphailwoods@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

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
29
Sat
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

A walk and talk looking at the native and introduced mammals still found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief presentation, we’ll head off to the woods looking at a variety of animal tracks and signs. Begins at the Nature Centre at 10am.

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
2
Wed
How to Share a Love of Nature: A Course for Island Educators
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day

How to Share a Love of Nature

A Course for Island Educators
August 2nd-4th – 9am-3pm – $200

 

There is almost nothing as rewarding as watching a child fall in love with nature, to see them discover the wonder of something they thought was fearful or distant. Despite its huge potential, outdoor education can seem overwhelming, there is just so much to learn before feeling comfortable leading a class. After nearly 20 years of teaching, we have developed an intuitive and practical approach to describing native flora and fauna, instructors become co-learners with their students and together become birdwatchers, botanists and trackers.

This three-day course is for all educators and will happen concurrently with our summer camps giving participants the opportunity to gain direct experience. The course will give participants a foundational introduction to our Island’s incredible plants and animals and in so doing demonstrate our unique approach to nature education. Participants will learn: outdoor class management, simple educational games and crafts, how to describe the natural world using all five senses and how to use the schoolyard as a classroom for all subjects. And much, much more…


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.


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.

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