Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00
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    Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome.

    Leader: Holly Twining, certified yoga instructor

  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 – Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
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    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

    *We are temporarily stopping our Saturday bird walks because our leaders will be busy on field trips. We hope you join them on these fun adventures around the state: click here to see our upcoming trips.*

  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Monday, Sep 29, 2014 – Monday, Nov 10, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Preschoolers with their caregivers, come to a nature-based program with stories, movement, art and an outdoor adventure.

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
      9:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
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    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

    Advanced registration encouraged!  Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
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    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

    Advanced registration encouraged!  Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • November
  • Celebrating Sturgeon
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    • Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Nov 3, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing and create art before you head home to sleep.  Please bring a snack.

    This Session:  Bats

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    Advanced registration encouraged!  Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    The treatment ponds at the Sanford Sewerage may be smelly, but they are magnets for waterfowl in the fall. Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a bird walk around this property to study the ducks and geese, plus the sparrows and other migrants that frequent this hot spot in the fall.

    No registration required. Meet Doug in the parking lot at the end of Gavel Road in Sanford (linked above in the “map” link).

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
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    • Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Friday, Nov 7, 2014 1:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to start planning your holiday shopping. The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
  • Monthly Bird Walk
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    • Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 8:00am – 9:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to start planning your holiday shopping. The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
  • Annual Museum Shoppers’ Day
    • Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    maine-watercolor-painting-the-red-tree-gilsland-farm-falmouth-maineFor one day only! Visit all your favorite museum shops in one convenient location at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. Find the perfect gift, from books and music to gift memberships, while supporting your local cultural and environmental organizations.


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  • Drawing from Nature
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    • Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5/Single; $10/Family
    Use the natural world as your inspiration! Join Maine Master Naturalist, Connie Tuller, for a walk to collect some simple things, leaves, dead bark, etc., then we’ll draw with pencil and markers.
    Materials will be provided, or bring something of your own that you want to work with. Connie will show examples of what we can do beforehand. All experience levels are welcome.
  • Yoga & Nature
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    • Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 2:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a fall yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration. Beginners are welcome.      

  • Climate Change – Maine and the World
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    • Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Join us for a potluck and presentation.

    Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson will share his knowledge of climate change and how it affects our lives and the natural world. His extensive research has led to a great depth of understanding of the way our world is changing.

    Dr. Jacobson is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change at the University of Maine. Since his arrival in Maine in 1979, Dr. Jacobson has been a member of the Climate Change Institute, and he was Director of the Institute for nearly a decade.

    Co-sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

    Optional potluck at 6 p.m., please bring a food item to share. Presentation begins at 7 p.m.

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum 
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    • Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free

    In this delightful and comprehensive account, Rosenblum tells us about his travels throughout the Mediterranean countries, where the fruit is grown, in search of the olive’s history and horticulture. The book is rich in details of the characters of growers he met, where much of their joys and sorrows center around the crops. Rosenblum also explores the national and international politics that affect the trade.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

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