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: [email protected]

Click here to download a PDF of our 2018 Events Calendar

Take a look at our Free Nursery Workshops all May long!


Online Events Calendar

Apr
21
Fri
Owl Prowl 2017 #1
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

barredhomepageCome celebrate the wonderful world of owls at one of three Owl Prowls at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on April 21, 22 and 29. The Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will open up the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. Visitors can warm themselves by the fireplace and enjoy the historic beauty that surrounds them. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

Then at 7:30pm, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is holding its first Owl Prowl of the season at the Nature Centre. There will be a second owl prowl held on Earth Day, April 22nd, and a third on April 29th, but visitors are asked to only attend one of these events.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a fascinating family of rarely-seen birds. From the tiny “saw whet” to the large “great horned”, owls have long been birds of mythology and misinformation. The workshop will separate fact from fiction, combining a slide show with an outdoor walk.

The talk starts with slides and taped calls of common and uncommon owls that can be seen on Prince Edward Island. There are also mounted displays of most of these birds as well as other educational material on owls and their habits.

Participants can then take a guided walk around the woods and try calling in owls. Make sure to bring clothes suitable to weather conditions. There is no admission for the workshop and everyone is welcome. This is a very popular event and visitors are advised to come early.

This owl prowl kicks off an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. For more information on this or upcoming tours and workshops, please contact Gary Schneider at 651-2575, visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Apr
22
Sat
Owl Prowl 2017 #2
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Barred owl pageCome celebrate the wonderful world of owls at one of three Owl Prowls at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on April 21, 22 and 29. The Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will open up the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. Visitors can warm themselves by the fireplace and enjoy the historic beauty that surrounds them. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

Then at 7:30pm, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is holding its first Owl Prowl of the season at the Nature Centre. The first owl prowl will be held on Friday, April 21st, and a third on April 29th, but visitors are asked to only attend one of these events.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a fascinating family of rarely-seen birds. From the tiny “saw whet” to the large “great horned”, owls have long been birds of mythology and misinformation. The workshop will separate fact from fiction, combining a slide show with an outdoor walk.

The talk starts with slides and taped calls of common and uncommon owls that can be seen on Prince Edward Island. There are also mounted displays of most of these birds as well as other educational material on owls and their habits.

Participants can then take a guided walk around the woods and try calling in owls. Make sure to bring clothes suitable to weather conditions. There is no admission for the workshop and everyone is welcome. This is a very popular event and visitors are advised to come early.

This owl prowl kicks off an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. For more information on this or upcoming walks and workshops, please contact Gary Schneider at 651-2575, by email: [email protected], visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Apr
29
Sat
Owl Prowl 2017 #3
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

barred owl winterCome celebrate the wonderful world of owls at one of three Owl Prowls at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on April 21, 22 and 29. The Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will open up the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. Visitors can warm themselves by the fireplace and enjoy the historic beauty that surrounds them. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

Then at 7:30pm, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is holding its first Owl Prowl of the season at the Nature Centre. The first owl prowl will be held on Friday, April 21st, and a second on Earth Day, April 22nd, but visitors are asked to only attend one of these events.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a fascinating family of rarely-seen birds. From the tiny “saw whet” to the large “great horned”, owls have long been birds of mythology and misinformation. The workshop will separate fact from fiction, combining a slide show with an outdoor walk.

The talk starts with slides and taped calls of common and uncommon owls that can be seen on Prince Edward Island. There are also mounted displays of most of these birds as well as other educational material on owls and their habits.

Participants can then take a guided walk around the woods and try calling in owls. Make sure to bring clothes suitable to weather conditions. There is no admission for the workshop and everyone is welcome. This is a very popular event and visitors are advised to come early.

This owl prowl kicks off an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. For more information on this or upcoming tours and workshops, please contact Gary Schneider at 651-2575 or by email: [email protected], visit our website or find us on Facebook.

May
4
Thu
Nursery Open
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Macphail Woods native plant nursery will be open for sales, May 5th to June 3rd, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm or by appointment.

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts. You support our Island environment and help support our work.

Please check out our nursery catalogue for more details.

We offer planting ideas and solutions for everyone, from woodlot owners wanting to restore native woodlands to the urban homeowners interested in attracting wildlife.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Gary Schneider at [email protected] or by phone (902)651-2575.

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery & Nature Centre
Manager: Gary Schneider
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: [email protected]
Location: Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, Orwell, PE

Mailing Address
Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
c/o Voluntary Resource Council
81 Prince st.
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4R3

May
5
Fri
Nursery Open
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Macphail Woods native plant nursery will be open for sales, May 5th to June 3rd, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm or by appointment.

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts. You support our Island environment and help support our work.

Please check out our nursery catalogue for more details.

We offer planting ideas and solutions for everyone, from woodlot owners wanting to restore native woodlands to the urban homeowners interested in attracting wildlife.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Gary Schneider at [email protected] or by phone (902)651-2575.

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery & Nature Centre
Manager: Gary Schneider
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: [email protected]
Location: Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, Orwell, PE

Mailing Address
Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
c/o Voluntary Resource Council
81 Prince st.
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4R3

May
6
Sat
Nursery Open
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Macphail Woods native plant nursery will be open for sales, May 5th to June 3rd, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm or by appointment.

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts. You support our Island environment and help support our work.

Please check out our nursery catalogue for more details.

We offer planting ideas and solutions for everyone, from woodlot owners wanting to restore native woodlands to the urban homeowners interested in attracting wildlife.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Gary Schneider at [email protected] or by phone (902)651-2575.

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery & Nature Centre
Manager: Gary Schneider
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: [email protected]
Location: Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, Orwell, PE

Mailing Address
Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
c/o Voluntary Resource Council
81 Prince st.
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4R3

Landscaping with Native Plants
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Arboretum - buildingThe 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 6th, a workshop on Native Plant Landscaping will be held at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre in Orwell.

Gary Schneider of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will lead the workshop, which begins at 10am. 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, both for 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.

For more information on this or upcoming events, please call 651-2575, email us at [email protected] or check out our Facebook page.

May
11
Thu
Nursery Open
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Macphail Woods native plant nursery will be open for sales, May 5th to June 3rd, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm or by appointment.

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts. You support our Island environment and help support our work.

Please check out our nursery catalogue for more details.

We offer planting ideas and solutions for everyone, from woodlot owners wanting to restore native woodlands to the urban homeowners interested in attracting wildlife.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Gary Schneider at [email protected] or by phone (902)651-2575.

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery & Nature Centre
Manager: Gary Schneider
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: [email protected]
Location: Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, Orwell, PE

Mailing Address
Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
c/o Voluntary Resource Council
81 Prince st.
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4R3

May
12
Fri
Nursery Open
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Macphail Woods native plant nursery will be open for sales, May 5th to June 3rd, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm or by appointment.

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts. You support our Island environment and help support our work.

Please check out our nursery catalogue for more details.

We offer planting ideas and solutions for everyone, from woodlot owners wanting to restore native woodlands to the urban homeowners interested in attracting wildlife.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Gary Schneider at [email protected] or by phone (902)651-2575.

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery & Nature Centre
Manager: Gary Schneider
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: [email protected]
Location: Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, Orwell, PE

Mailing Address
Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
c/o Voluntary Resource Council
81 Prince st.
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4R3

May
13
Sat
Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

ovenbird smallerIsland woodlands are alive with birds and their songs. While year-round avian residents such as barred owls and juncos are already sitting on their nests, many migrants have just now returned and are singing up a storm. All in all, it is a great time for a walk in the woods. On Saturday, May 13, the public is invited to breakfast at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell and then to take a closer look at Island birds along the trails.

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 your morning cup of coffee or tea and freshly baked breakfast treats to start your day out right! Donations will be gladly accepted to help cover costs.

The bird walk, led by long-time birders Fiep De Bie and Dwaine Oakley, starts at 8am outside the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. Participants will be listening to calls and identifying common and uncommon species as they walk the grounds and trails. The migratory warblers and thrushes in the woods include some of our best singers and most colourful feathered friends. The walk is an excellent way to increase your knowledge of birds, whether you are just beginning or have been birding for a long time. There is no charge for the walk.

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 [email protected] or visit our Facebook page.

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