There will be plenty of opportunities to help improve the wildlife habitat at Macphail Woods this weekend.
The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will host a volunteer afternoon, 1-4 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell.
Anyone interested in native plants, wildlife enhancement or Acadian forests is encouraged to come out and help expand the site’s native plant arboretum.
The plantings will be used in educational activities and will improve wildlife habitat, increase biodiversity and provide future seed sources for both rare and common native plants.
Macphail Woods staff will be onsite to lead the work and will have shovels and other tools available.
Besides planting, the day will include weeding and mulching the existing beds.
The newest area of the arboretum already has large beds of swamp milkweed, yellow coneflower, wild rose, eastern hemlock. Organizers hope to eventually see most of P.E.I.’s native plant species represented.
This event is part of an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.
The Veranda Café at the Macphail Homestead will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors can have a taste of the Macphail’s Scottish background using produce grown in the gardens on site.
More information is available at Macphailwoods.org, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project Facebook page or by calling 902-651-2575.