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

Click here to download a PDF of our Events Calendar


Online Events Calendar

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.

Aug
27
Sun
Second Annual Festival of Forests
Aug 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

twentyfive-home-pageOur second annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, local music, food and micro-workshops.

Everyone is invited to join the staff and friends of Macphail Woods in the celebration. Activities for children will include face-painting, games, a scavenger hunt, wagon rides and arts & crafts. Local food will be available for sale but families are also encouraged to bring their own picnics. There will be guided forest walks, “micro” workshops on topics such as plant identification and bushcraft, and a silent auction.

Admission is $10.00 per person, and $25.00 for families of 3 or more. Tickets will be sold on-site. For more information, call (902) 651-2575 or email macphailwoods@gmail.com

Sep
9
Sat
Ecological Bushcraft: An Overnight Excursion
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm

Ecological Bushcraft

An Overnight Excursion
Sept 9th-10th – $225

 

Bushcraft is the art of living comfortably in nature. Learning to light a fire, construct a shelter or cook outdoors are just a few of the essential skills that connect us to the land and remind us of our dependance on nature.

We believe that it is impossible to leave no trace but with sound ecological knowledge and skills the trace we leave can improve the health of our wild spaces. Through skillful pruning, proper harvesting techniques and plant identification, students will develop a profound respect for our infinitely complex ecosystems, leaving the forest a better place.

Intro to Bushcraft Ecology is a two-day overnight course that will provide students with confidence, comfort and respect for the natural world around us.

Over the two days, participants will learn:

  • fire lighting (matches, magnesium sticks, and friction)
  • fire safety
  • knot tying
  • plant and animal identification
  • wildlife tracking
  • wild food foraging
  • outdoor cookery
  • shelter building
  • knife use and safety
  • pruning skills
  • wood carving
  • and more..

 

This course will be excellent for educators, camp instructors, parents, or anyone who likes the sweet smell of campfires on a fall night.

The weekend course runs from Saturday morning at 9am till Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Meals will be included in the course registration fees, as well as use of knives, cooking gear, magnesium sticks, binoculars, pruning shears and saws. Participants will have the opportunity to build a shelter but should also bring their own tent for the overnight stay. The total cost for the course is $225.

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.


Sep
23
Sat
Knots and Natural Cordage
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Knots and Natural Cordage

Sept 23rd – 9am-1pm – $45

 

Does the job require a truckers hitch or just two half hitches? Should I use a sheet bend, zeppelin bend or a square knot? Knowing how to select the right knot for the job and how to tie it properly is a tremendously satisfying skill.

At this course we will introduce the three main categories of knot tying: loops, bends and hitches. We will also cover lashing, stopper knots and rope care. With the basics under our belt, we will also introduce the wide world of natural cordage. Using only natural materials we learn to create variety of sturdy cord. Never be without a good piece of rope again.


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.


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