Summer Camps


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woodland shoes homepageSince 1992 we have been offering summer camps for youth aged 6 to 16. These exciting educational nature camps offer a week of fox walking, frog whispering, making art, playing games, observing insects and getting wet and dirty.

Camp director, Eric Edward has led the camps for the past 16 years and has developed a unique approach to nature education. Using an intuitive and practical approach to describing native flora and fauna, children of all ages can become birdwatchers, botanists and trackers.

Every camp is an adventure for the children but also an incredible educational experience.

 

Eric will be assisted by, environmental educator, Daniel McRae, one summer student and student volunteers. We work hard to give campers an exciting but safe week. Small camp sizes and a high teacher to camper ratio as well as years of experience are important factors in accomplishing this goal. Camp leaders are trained in first aid.


Sharing a Love of Nature Camps

Nature Discovery (Ages 6-8)

Week 1: July 8th-12th
Week 2: August 5th-9th

Becoming an Naturalist (Ages 8-10)

Week 1: July 15th-19th
Week 2: August 12th-16th

Young Ecologist (Ages 10-12)

Week 1: July 1st-5th
Week 2: July 29th-August 2nd

Bushcraft Ecology

Week 1: July 22nd-26th(Ages 12-14)
Week 2: August 19th-23rd(Ages 14-16)

Registration

Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will be accepted until each session is full, at which time a waiting list will be available.

Camps run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, regardless of the weather.

If you have any questions about our summer camps or registering your child, please contact Daniel Mcrae by email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575



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Summer Kids Camps

Childrens' Art

Bushcraft Camps


A day in the life of camp

Part two: Beaks, Feet and Feathers – a.k.a. Bird Day

owl-pelletWhile the sun begins to bake off the morning dew, campers gather on blankets under the big maple for announcements and a review of the previous day’s lessons. To wake up minds and bodies, we kick the day off with a quick and exciting game of Owls and Crows. Then we head inside our nature center for a very interactive slideshow introducing bird id, ecology and behavior. The goal is to link a bird’s unique adaptation – beaks, feet and feathers, to its particular habitat and ecological role. The slideshow ends with a game puzzling the campers to describe a bird, its habitat and what role it might have within its ecosystem.

After a short snack, with binoculars around their necks, the campers head off for a bird watching hike. Along the way, we play the camouflage game, practice our fox walk, stop to snack on some woodland sorrel and discover the wonder of seeing songbirds and raptors up close. After a visit to our resident Bald eagle and its nest, we head back towards the nature centre.

building-bird-nestsFollowing the hike, we picnic on the lawn under the huge maple tree. Fed and rested the campers are invited to describe and compare a variety of bird nests that we have in our collection. After further discussion, and a quick visit to a nearby vireo nest to witness egg incubation in action, campers are challenged to create their own nest. A few ambitious campers tear off to the woods to gather branches for an eagle’s nest, while others gather fine grass and moss to weave a delicate cradle and then there are always those campers who work exclusively in mud. As they work with their two hands to create a nest the skill and natural engineering employed by birds begins to impress the campers. Nests finished, we play the migration game.

To finish the day we work on an art project called – design a bird. Using a selection of prepared bird bodies, beaks, wings and feet the children create their own unique bird species – a well-educated Yale bird or the mysterious Alley bird. With smiles on faces and crafted nests and birds in hands, we wait for parents outside while playing a camp favourite version of tag called tails!


favicon 16x16Location

Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, rain or shine. 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!

favicon 16x16What to Bring

• All campers need to bring a substantial lunch and snack to camp daily. Please use reusable containers.

• Campers should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for most of the day. Please pack a change of clothes daily as well as a bathing suit!

• All campers must wear closed-toed shoes to camp. Sandals may be packed as back up but are not acceptable for all camp activities.

• Every camper needs a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat, bug hat or bug spray and . Please remember to label everything.

favicon 16x16Cancellations 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 camp date. Half the camp cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the camp. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the camp no refund will be issued.

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We also offer financial assistance to those kids who would like to come but may not be able to afford registration. Please contact us to find out more: (902)651-2575 or danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact Daniel McRae at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Camp sells out every year, so be sure to register your camper early!

Upcoming Events

Sep
15
Sun
1:00 pm Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
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
7:00 pm September Stargazing
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
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
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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