Events


At Macphail Woods, we offer many events over the course of the year. We offer free events with no registration required on a variety of topics from owls to plant identification to woodlot ownership. We also offer more intensive events, from Summer Camps to our School of Woodland Ecology courses, which can be registered for and paid online. If you have any questions please contact us by phone (902)651-2575 or email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org

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May
18
Sat
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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.

May
25
Sat
Creating and Maintaining Hedgerows and Windbreaks
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Hedgerows are an important part of today’s Island landscape – providing a long list of benefits for humans and wildlife. They protect us from the wind, help slow soil erosion, and create privacy for our homes. They also provide food, homes and protection for everything from flickers to flying squirrels. On Saturday, May 25th, there will be a free workshop on Planning and Planting Hedgerows and Windbreaks at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre in Orwell at 10am.

Participants will learn about assessing site conditions and planning the planting. There are many native plants that can be hedged, including cedar and hemlock in the right conditions. And the list of plants that readily adapt to windbreaks include trees such as white spruce and red oak and shrubs such as chokecherry and willow. Windbreaks can be hedges or full-sized trees, a single row or two or three rows, just trees or a mix of trees and shrubs.

There will also be a discussion on identifying native plants, when they bloom, what types of wildlife will make use of them, and their fall colours.

After selecting the right plants, proper planting and maintenance techniques are very important and will be discussed. This will include timing of the planting, watering, mulching and pruning.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to learn about hedgerows and windbreaks. No registration is necessary. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions, as there will be an outside component to the talk. 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
1
Sat
Shelter-building for Kids
Jun 1 @ 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
8
Sat
Plants of Prince Edward Island with Kate MacQuarrie
Jun 8 @ 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.

Jun
9
Sun
Debunking Forest-Wildlife Myths with Bob Bancroft
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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 some of the myths surrounding forests and wildlife. Bob will offer insights into how we can protect and enhance our forests by being a better-informed public.

Jul
27
Sat
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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!

Aug
17
Sat
Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already a beautiful area and will continue to improve over the years as we add more plantings of both rare and common species. Come out to help anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Sep
21
Sat
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Oct
13
Sun
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 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.

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