Events


Events


Please Note

All our June events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis.
We will be making further announcements later in June about future events.
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

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Online Events Calendar

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
15
Sun
Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our Fourth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.

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.

Apr
11
Sat
SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Session One – Cancelled
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

All our April events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis.
We will be making further announcements in April about future events.
Please take care of each other and stay safe.

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.

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

Apr
12
Sun
SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Session One – Cancelled
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note

All our April events have been cancelled due to the current Corona crisis.
We will be making further announcements in April about future events.
Please take care of each other and stay safe.

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.

Learn More About our School of Woodland Ecology

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