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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
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:

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Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology Ages 14-16
Aug 24 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm

Bushcraft Ecology Ages 14-16

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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SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship

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.

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Autumn in the Forest
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling Fall Session
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling

Spring Session: Saturday, April 11th
Fall Session: Saturday,November 7th

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.

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SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenance and Felling Fall Session
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenance and Felling

Spring Session: Sunday, April 12th
Fall Session: Sunday,November 8th

This course will continue to build on skills learned in Basic Chainsaw I. The morning will be devoted to learning how to properly maintain your saw and sharpen your chain with precision. The afternoon will once again be spent in the woods learning how to limb, buck and deal with spring poles.

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