Events


Events


Please Note

All our June events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis.
We will be making further announcements later in June 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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Online Events Calendar

Aug
3
Mon
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Session Two
Aug 3 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 3:00 pm

Young Ecologists: Session Two

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.

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Aug
8
Sat
SWE Woodland Ecology II: Forest Assessment
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Woodland Ecology II: Forest Assessment

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.

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

Aug
10
Mon
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Session Two
Aug 10 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm

Nature Discovery: Session Two

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.

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Aug
15
Sat
Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 15 @ 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.

Aug
17
Mon
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturalist Session Two
Aug 17 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 3:00 pm

Becoming a Naturalist Session Two

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.

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Aug
24
Mon
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology Ages 14-16
Aug 24 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm

Bushcraft Ecology Ages 14-16

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.

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Sep
13
Sun
Fifth Annual Festival of Forests
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our Fifth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.

Sep
19
Sat
September Stargazing
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing

Sep
26
Sat
SWE Bushcraft II: Complete Wilderness Skills
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Spend a fun day developing your outdoor savvy. Learn to tie the most essential knots, light a fire safely and consistently, hang a tarp quickly and securely, chop wood, build a tripod, pack essential kit and much more. The goal of this course is to make you comfortable and safe in any natural environment. Whether you’re out for a picnic, hike or expedition, these skills will serve you well.

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

Oct
3
Sat
SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship

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.

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

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