Events


Events


Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org

Phone: 902-651-2575


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

Aug
23
Mon
Summer Camps: Bushcraft Ecology 2 (Ages 14-16)
Aug 23 @ 9:00 am – Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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.

Sep
4
Sat
SWE: Woodland Ecology: Intro to Forest Stewardship
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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.

Sep
12
Sun
Fifth Annual Festival of Forests
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we will have a capacity of 200 people at the event. It will be on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early to ensure that you get to join the celebration.


There will be cake to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Macphail Woods! Entrance is by donation. Please drop by to say hi even if you cannot get here early as people tend to come and go during the event and we will let you in as long as we are under the 200 people capacity.

Join us for food, face painting, arts & crafts, kids games, guided forest walks, micro-workshops, bird of prey display, silent auction and more!

Check out the Silent Auction Items online now!

Sep
18
Sat
September Stargazing
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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
25
Sat
SWE: Woodland Ecology: Forest Assessment
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


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.

Oct
9
Sat
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

Oct
23
Sat
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 1: Safety and Felling
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics. This includes, PPE, first aid preparedness, emergency planning, pre start checklists and a discussion of wood fibre and tree physiology. In the afternoon we head outside and the participants learn how to develop a felling plan, practice onsite communication and learn to fell using an open face notch and bore-cut. We also use this time to work on important issues, such as, how to deal with by-pass, and develop a safe felling order.

Oct
24
Sun
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 2: Maintenance, Bucking and Limbing
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


We start with chainsaw maintenance. During this time, attendees will get hands-on practice doing daily maintenance with a focus on sharpening. In the afternoon, we head back outside and learn to disarm spring poles, how to develop a limbing plan, and limbing and bucking techniques and strategies.


Nov
20
Sat
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 1: Safety and Felling
Nov 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics. This includes, PPE, first aid preparedness, emergency planning, pre start checklists and a discussion of wood fibre and tree physiology. In the afternoon we head outside and the participants learn how to develop a felling plan, practice onsite communication and learn to fell using an open face notch and bore-cut. We also use this time to work on important issues, such as, how to deal with by-pass, and develop a safe felling order.

Nov
21
Sun
SWE: Basic Chainsaw 2: Maintenance, Bucking and Limbing
Nov 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.


Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Phone: 902-651-2575


We start with chainsaw maintenance. During this time, attendees will get hands-on practice doing daily maintenance with a focus on sharpening. In the afternoon, we head back outside and learn to disarm spring poles, how to develop a limbing plan, and limbing and bucking techniques and strategies.


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