Events


Events


Please Note

Our upcoming free events have been cancelled for the month of July 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

Click here to download a PDF of our Events Calendar


Online Events Calendar

Oct
7
Sat
Woodland Ecology: A Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Woodland Ecology

An Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 7th – 9am-4:30pm – $100

 

Whether it is one acre or one hundred acres, owning a woodlot can be a joyful but daunting task. Creating trails, restoring biodiversity and learning how to harvest responsibly all require a variety of skills, everything from plant identification to pruning to habitat improvement. Being able to safely and responsibly work in your own forest is extremely rewarding and will provide benefits for generations to come.

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Over the past twenty five years, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project has been restoring forests across the Island, whether on private woodlands, municipal properties or provincial public forest land. Through our experience, we’ve developed tried and true methods for increasing biodiversity, improving wildlife habitat, harvesting sustainably, and adding value to your forest. Smaller patch cuts can create wonderful areas for native plantings; selective thinnings can improve the health of the forest while still providing firewood for the winter; and basic plant identification can let you see other amazing values in your forest such as delicious fiddleheads and chanterelle mushrooms.

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

While observing various forest types, participants will discuss what techniques would be suitable for improving the health of the forest. Methods will add both ecological and economic value to your woodland and provide a place to enjoy our Island ecology for generations.

This course will be excellent for woodlot owners, watershed workers, wildlife managers and parks employees. We’ll spend most of the time outdoors looking at plants and a variety of forest habitats.

The one-day course runs from 9am till 4:30pm. 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 where students will have the use of a variety of pruning and planting tools. There will also be pruning saws for sale for any who are interested. The total cost for the course is $100.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact us via email danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone (902)651-2575


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.


October Stargazing
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn a little about the night sky and get to know a few constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing. Begins at the Nature Centre at 7pm.

Oct
15
Sun
Autumn Walk in the Forest
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

witch hazelWoodlands are wonderful places at any time of the year, but a forest in autumn is always special. There are still lots of birds around, the witch hazel is blooming, and many plants are showing their fall colours. On Sunday, October 16th, staff of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will be leading an Autumn Woodland Walk through the trails on the Macphail Homestead in Orwell.

The walk will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural history of Prince Edward Island and develop an appreciation for woodland communities. It begins at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre at 2pm.

There is no charge for the walk and no registration is necessary. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

This event is just one of the many nature and forest‑related walks and workshops sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of PEI throughout the year.

For more information, call 651-2575, check out our web site (macphailwoods.org), email us(macphailwoods@gmail.com) or visit us on Facebook.

Nov
3
Fri
Sustainable Fuelwood Harvesting
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Sustainable Fuelwood Harvesting

Nov 3rd-5th – 9am-4pm – $150

 

Burning firewood can be an affordable and potentially carbon neutral way to heat your home. However, the vast majority of fuelwood is harvested from clearcuts and even homeowners cutting their own wood can damage forestland.

This two day course will introduce participants to all aspects of sustainable fuelwood harvesting: chainsaw safety, plant identification, forest ecology, tree extraction, pruning, splitting and stacking.


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.


Apr
18
Wed
Owl Prowl
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Apr
20
Fri
Owl Prowl
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Apr
22
Sun
Owl Prowl
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

Apr
28
Sat
Owl Prowl
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Owl Prowls

Join us for a slide show and talk on owls, then walk the trails learning to hoot for Owls.

The Macphail Foundation will open the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm and serve light refreshments. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

  • Owl Prowl #1: Wednesday April 18th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #2: Friday April 20th – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #3: Sunday April 22nd – 7:30pm
  • Owl Prowl #4: Saturday April 28th – 7:30pm

 

We’ve added a fourth owl prowl this year due to the increased interest, but we ask that you only attend one so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

May
3
Thu
Native Plant Nursery Open
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery 2018 Season

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts.

Here you will find information on purchasing, identifying, collecting, and growing your own native trees and shrubs. The Macphail Woods nursery has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and has become a major source of native plants for other habitat restoration projects around Prince Edward Island. These have included many school ground plantings and riparian zones around streams.

For More Information

Website: https://macphailwoods.org/nursery/
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: macphailwoods@gmail.com

May
4
Fri
Native Plant Nursery Open
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Macphail Woods Native Plant Nursery 2018 Season

Specializing in native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers, sales from our nursery help support our restoration and educational efforts.

Here you will find information on purchasing, identifying, collecting, and growing your own native trees and shrubs. The Macphail Woods nursery has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and has become a major source of native plants for other habitat restoration projects around Prince Edward Island. These have included many school ground plantings and riparian zones around streams.

For More Information

Website: https://macphailwoods.org/nursery/
Phone: (902) 651-2575
Email: macphailwoods@gmail.com

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