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:

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Owl Prowl
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in celebrating the wonderful world of owls at one of this year’s Owl Prowls. To meet the growing interest in these fascinating birds, there will be Owl Prowls at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on April 17, 19, 21 and 27th.

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 charge but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

The presentation on owls starts at 7:30pm at the Nature Centre. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about these 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 an indoor talk with an outdoor walk.

The talk starts with pictures and recorded calls of common and uncommon owls that can be seen on Prince Edward Island. There are also mounted displays of some of these birds as well as educational materials 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. We’re also asking the public to only attend one of these workshops, as our space is limited.

These owl prowls kick 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 call 651-2575, visit the website ( or find us on Facebook.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 17th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 19th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 21st – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 27th – 7:30pm


Although we offer multiple owl prowls, we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Landscaping with Native Plants
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Want to spend less time cutting grass and more time enjoying the beautiful plants around your home? This workshop introduces a variety of hardy native plants to attract wildlife and beautify your yard.

Birds and Breakfast
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 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 Dwaine Oakley and 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.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 18 @ 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.

Creating and Maintaining Hedgerows and Windbreaks
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This workshop will look at on creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants. Participants will learn about which plants are best, spacing, planting and maintenance.

Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 1 @ 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.

Plants of Prince Edward Island with Kate MacQuarrie
Jun 8 @ 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.

Debunking Forest-Wildlife Myths with Bob Bancroft
Jun 9 @ 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.

Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to the woods looking at a variety of animal tracks and signs. A great activity for the whole family!

Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already a beautiful area and will continue to improve over the years as we add more plantings of both rare and common species. Come out to help anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

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