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Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events,
including free workshops and walks.
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.
If you have any questions please contact us by phone (902)651-2575 or email: email@example.com
The use of native plants to improve wildlife habitat, beautify yards and reduce the size of lawns is attracting a lot of attention these days. A wide variety of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns can be combined to create everything from wild areas to formal hedges. On Saturday, May 5th, a workshop on Native Plant Landscaping will be held at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell.
Gary Schneider of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will lead the workshop, which begins at 2pm. The tour starts with a slide show in the Nature Centre, offering some basic plant identification and a discussion on what varieties can be planted in different areas. Trees such as red oak, eastern hemlock and white birch lend themselves to many types of plantings where space is available. Taller shrubs such as American mountain ash and hawthorn are showy and offer excellent sources of winter food for wildlife.
Participants will learn which types of plants provide the best food for both wildlife and humans. Serviceberry and common elder are excellent choices for home plantings, as the berries are prized by birds and can be eaten right off the shrub or made into pies and wines. Ferns and perennial wildflowers also play important roles in native plant landscaping, as their beauty is a constant source of pride for the home gardener. Visitors will get a chance to look at the plantings at Macphail Woods and discuss some of their own landscaping situations.
Registration is not required and there is no charge for the workshop. The workshop is part of an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.
The Macphail Homestead will be open at 7am to serve a free “early bird” breakfast. Join other birders beside the fireplace in the Great Room for at hot beverage and breakfast treats to start your day out right! Donations will be gladly accepted to help cover costs.
Then walk the trails of the Macphail Homestead with Fiep de Bie, looking at year-round residents and returning migratory birds. A great walk for the whole family. Wear your boots, and bring binoculars if you have them.
Take your fort-building skills to the next level! Get outside with the whole family and learn more about shelter do’s and don’ts and how to hang a tarp securely. Let your wild creativity fly by designing and building your own outdoor shelter.
Participants will practice pruning on a variety of plants in the nursery, arboretum and woodlands. Please bring along any of your favourite pruning tools. Workshop will include a slide show and demonstration of proper pruning methods and a discussion of recommended books and tools.
This workshop will look at creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants.
In celebration of Island flora, biologist Kate MacQuarrie will be sharing her love of plants at Macphail Woods on Saturday, June 2. Kate will walk the nature trails of the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, starting at 10 am at the arboretum. She will point out common and uncommon species of flowering and non-flowering plants. Wildflowers, ferns, club mosses, shrubs – all these and more will be part of the discussion and identification.
For many years, Kate has travelled different types of habitats across the Island looking for both rare and common plants. In her work with the Island Nature Trust and now as Director of the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division of the Department of Communities, Land and Environment, she has studied dune systems, old growth forests, and everything in between. This field work has given her an intimate knowledge of both native and non-native plants.
This walk will be an excellent opportunity to learn about woodland flowers such as bunchberry and nodding trillium, as well as rarer wildflowers and ferns. There is no charge for the walk and 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.
We are thrilled that Bob is coming over again from Nova Scotia. The well-known CBC Radio Noon guest and advocate for nature throughout the region will explore how forests across the region are being clearcut and the dependant species are being threatened. Bob will offer insights into how we can protect and enhance our forests and what individuals – whether woodlot owners or concerned citizens – can do to stem the tide of destruction.
A walk and talk in a wide variety of forest habitats at Macphail Woods. The focus will be on restoring the native Acadian forest, looking at enhancement methods used on the property over the past 27 years and trying to find solutions to problems faced by woodlot owners.
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to the woods looking at a variety of animal tracks and signs. A great activity for the whole family!