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

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Jun
6
Sat
Plants of Prince Edward Island with Kate MacQuarrie
Jun 6 @ 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.

Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Shelterbuilding for Kids

Take your fort-building skills to the next level! On Saturday, June 1, staff of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will be leading a free workshop on Shelterbuilding for Kids. This event takes place on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, and begins at 10am in front of the Nature Centre.

This is an excellent opportunity for the whole family to get outside and learn more about shelterbuilding do’s and don’ts. It is another way to build positive memories of being outside and enjoying nature. The instruction includes everything from how to hang a tarp securely to how to harvest material without being destructive.

You’ll be encouraged to let your wild creativity fly by designing and building your own outdoor shelter. It is a great experience to create something special while working with other people.

This will be the second year offering this workshop, and it was wildly popular in 2018. No registration is necessary. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. For more information, call 651-2575, check out our web site (macphailwoods.org) or visit us on Facebook.

Over the years, hundreds of people have taken part in the plant workshops at Macphail Woods and become more observant of the natural world around them. This event is just one of the many nature and forestrelated walks and workshops sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of PEI throughout the year.

Jun
13
Sat
SWE Backyard Botanist I: Native Botany
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Backyard Botanist I: Native Botany

Participants of this half-day course will learn about the types of plants that can be found on PEI, from liverworts and mosses to trees and ferns. Using our native plant nursery and arboretum as well as forest trails, we will have hands-on examples to demonstrate how plants grow, how roots systems connect, strategies for survival and propagation and more.

Bundle this course with Backyard Botanist II for only $100

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

SWE Backyard Botanist II: Pruning
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Backyard Botanist II: Pruning

This course will focus on learning hands-on skills that you can take home to your yard to help ensure the vigour and beauty of your trees and shrubs. Over the four hours, participants will learn proper pruning techniques to help maintain healthy, attractive and safe trees.

Bundle this course with Backyard Botanist I for only $100

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

Jun
27
Sat
SWE Plant Identification I: Native Trees
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Plant Identification I: Native Trees

The course provides outdoor hands-on experience looking at leaves, buds, branches, bark and the basic patterns of native tree identification. We’ll also walk the Macphail Woods grounds to look at specimens of all the native species of trees as well as some of the preferred habitats of these beautiful organisms.

Bundle this course with Plant Identification II for only $100

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

SWE Plant Identification II: Shrubs & Beyond
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Plant Identification II: Shrubs and Beyond

Shrubs provide habitat and food for wildlife as well as a staggering number of ecological benefits from nitrogen fixation to shoreline protection. This four-hour course will take us into the Macphail Woods Arboretum which showcases many of the native shrubs you can find across the province. We’ll also introduce a selection of ferns and wildflowers.

Bundle this course with Plant Identification I for only $100

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

Jul
6
Mon
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Session One
Jul 6 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm

Young Ecologists: Session One

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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Jul
13
Mon
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Session One
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm

Nature Discovery: Session One

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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Jul
20
Mon
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturalist Session One
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm

Becoming a Naturalist Session One

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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Jul
27
Mon
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-14
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm

Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-14

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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