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
3
Mon
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 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
10
Mon
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 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!

Jul
15
Sat
Introduction to Native Botany
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Introduction to Native Botany

July 15th – 9am-1pm – $45

 

Plants are amazing creatures. Every year more scientific discoveries shed light on the fascinating lives of plants from tiny algae to ancient trees. A basic knowledge of botany can help with many outdoor activities from pruning to planting, forest restoration to harvesting and enrich forest hikes and seaside walks.

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. For more than 25 years Macphail Woods has been propagating rare species, experimenting with different techniques of forest restoration and looking at ecological connection between different habitats and plant communities.

This is a great course for any who have a love of nature and particularly for gardeners, woodlot owners, biology students, environmental educators and any one who likes to put on a pair of boots and get out on a trail.

The half-day course runs from 9am till 1:00pm. 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. The total cost for the course is $45. Registrations can be done online through our booking system or by phone (902)651-2575 or email (danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org).


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.


Jul
17
Mon
Nature Discovery Week 1
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 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!

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
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!

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.


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