Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    ***There will be no walk on August 18th. Sorry for any inconvenience***

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    IMG_2848The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more. We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.

     

  • Family Fun: Fall Frolic
    • Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 – Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: Members: $70/family, Nonmembers $105/family

    Seven Wednesdays

    Children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to 3 children per adult please. Join us for seven weeks of nature based learning and play with your children. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long-lasting connection with nature. Each hour long program includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays 9:15am)
    • Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 – Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
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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. Come prepared to adventure outside!


    Learn more

  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays 10:30 am)
    • Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 – Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
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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. Come prepared to adventure outside!


    Learn more

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 – Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Higgins Beach
    • Free

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    Come join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations. Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome… we will learn from each other.

    Walks are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and meet rain or shine.

    Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1:30PM, we will meet at Higgins Beach in Scarborough and do some tide pooling.  The wildlife in the pools is limited these days, but we will see what is there. We recently saw Hermit crabs munching on amphipods, and an isopod catching and eating something (another isopod?) and lots of baby moon snails, sea weed of course, bryozoan and more.

    We will be walking in low water and a bit on seaweed covered rocks.  It would be good to wear water shoes, sneakers that can get wet, or boots. Bring your 10X (hand lens) and binocs if you want. There was a great blue heron checking the tide pools with me.

    Directions are in the link above. There is some parking on the road along the beach at a lot on the road down to the beach (on the left).
  • October
  • Apple Day Celebration
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    • Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Join us for the 29th Annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate all things fall at this family event!


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  • Film Screening: Urban & Suburban Meadows
    • Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    meadowscapingJoin us for a screening of the 60-minute film Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces.

    The independent film outlines the problems caused by the extensive planting of pesticide-ridden, non-native grass lawns across America.

    But there are other landscaping choices. Why not give meadowscaping a try and replace the chemically maintained monoculture of a lawn with an urban or suburban meadow that can support an amazing diversity of life?

    In the film, meadow experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weanerand Neil Diboll, walk the viewer through meadow site preparation, design, planting and maintenance. Plus, Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, explains the intricate connection between native plants, native insects, and the soil food web.

    There will be a discussion following the screening.

  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Tools of the Trade: Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, camera recommendations, and much more.

  • The Big Sit! 2016
    • Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 6:00am – 6:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country!Big Sit

    We sit inside a 17-foot circle in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm, counting every bird species we see or hear. Join us for as long as you want during the day, no need to sign up ahead of time. Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join us for the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise. Click here to read more about The Big Sit!

    Contact: Linda Woodard – (207) 781-2330 x213 or [email protected]

  • Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) Project Workshop — Gilsland Farm
    • Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 2:30pm – 6:30pm
    • Price: 50.00

    Imagine all Maine students having the opportunity to conduct field work relevant to nearly 90% of our state alongside land owners and professionals who rely on that data. Imagine contributing data for one year, ten years, or longer, and how that service will inform our collective understanding of how Maine’s forests are changing over time.  We invite teachers, volunteers and community leaders to join us in engaging students in studying Maine’s forests and contributing to a long-term dataset for forestry professionals.

    FIG “plots” were developed by forestry professionals, University of Maine professors, and high school science teachers as a means to collect information year after year about the health of forests, and to determine how forests are changing over time. From long-term datasets, foresters model and predict future change to make informed decisions about how to manage forests for ecological health and economic productivity. Students and classrooms can contribute valuable data, compare data from their site(s) to others throughout the state, and do their own modeling and management planning.

    This outdoor exploratory FIG project connects students to Maine forests which span nearly 90% of our state. FIG combines the best of Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) curriculum with the US Forest Service’s forest analysis program to provide our students with opportunities to explore and study the forest.

    We team schools with professional foresters for in-class learning and field based investigations. PLT trainings are always face-to-face with personalized follow-up support. Our new FIG website connects students with technology for sharing data and ideas across a network of the best educators, students, and natural resource professionals in the state.

    For more information or to register, contact Pat Maloney,[email protected], (207)626-7990.

  • Bogs and Fens: New England’s Most Pristine Ecosystems
    • Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
    Orono Bog Boardwalk in early morn fog

    The Orono Bog Boardwalk as it passes through a grove of black spruces. Ron Davis photo.

    Join us for a presentation by Ronald B. Davis, author of Bogs and Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. 

    Dr. Davis will talk about the unique features of wetlands underlain by deep water-saturated peat, and the carnivorous plants, orchids, and uncommon bird species supported by these fascinating ecosystems.

    Dr. Ronald B. Davis is an emeritus professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, and the Climate Change Institute of University of Maine. He is an ecologist and naturalist who has taught about, researched, and published on the ecology and paleoecology of several of Maine’s major ecosystem types including peatlands, and on the impacts of acidic precipitation and land use practices on lakes in New England and Norway.

  • Guided Boundary Hike of Fields Pond Audubon Center Property
    • Friday, Oct 14, 2016 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    fields-pond-trail1-500x333Join Fields Pond staff on an off-trail adventure on our property. Each year we walk the boundary of our 220-acre sanctuary to ensure access remains clear and well signed. Plan for a four-hour hike in moderate conditions. Fields Pond educators will provide interpretation around the diverse habitats we encounter, signs of resident wildlife and history of the Fields Pond.

    This program is free of charge, but advance registration is requested.  Contact Fields Pond to learn more and sign up.

  • Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop in Dover-Foxcroft
    • Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Mayo Regional Hospital Conference Room
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

    natural curiousGrowing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:

    • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide.
    • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign
    • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
    • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

    For more information  questions on the workshops contact Linda Woodard at [email protected]

     

  • Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) Project Workshop — Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Price: 50.00

    Imagine all Maine students having the opportunity to conduct field work relevant to nearly 90% of our state alongside land owners and professionals who rely on that data. Imagine contributing data for one year, ten years, or longer, and how that service will inform our collective understanding of how Maine’s forests are changing over time.  We invite teachers, volunteers, and community leaders to join us in engaging students in studying Maine’s forests and contributing to a long-term dataset for forestry professionals.

    FIG “plots” were developed by forestry professionals, University of Maine professors, and high school science teachers as a means to collect information year after year about the health of forests, and to determine how forests are changing over time. From long-term datasets, foresters model and predict future change to make informed decisions about how to manage forests for ecological health and economic productivity.  Students and classrooms can contribute valuable data, compare data from their site(s) to others throughout the state, and do their own modeling and management planning.

    This outdoor exploratory FIG project connects students to the Maine forests that span nearly 90% of our state. FIG combines the best of Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) curriculum with the US Forest Service’s forest analysis program to provide our students with opportunities to explore and study the forest.

    We team schools with professional foresters for in-class learning and field based investigations. PLT trainings are always face-to-face with personalized follow-up support. Our new FIG website connects students with technology for sharing data and ideas across a network of the best educators, students, and natural resource professionals in the state.

    For more information or to register, contact Pat Maloney,[email protected], (207) 626-7990.

  • Hunter’s Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Adult Members: $7.00, Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    October features the Hunter’s Moon.

    Come and enjoy a dusky moonlit hike as darkness descends upon us and the Hunter’s Moon rises. Prepare to be enchanted by the sights and sounds only a full moon in October can bring.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: National Parks and “Second Century Stewardship” – A Film and Discussion with David Shaw
    • Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring conservationist and business leader David Shaw, this is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series. This event is 21+

    DavidShawOn the occasion of the historic 2016 centennial celebrations of Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service, David Shaw, founder of IDEXX and Trustee of the National Park Foundation, collaborated with several organizations to launch a ‘second century stewardship’ program.

    The program’s goal is to more powerfully engage science in America’s national parks to benefit park stewardship and to encourage public engagement in science through park experiences.

    Part of the program was the creation of a 41-minute film, “Second Century Stewardship.” David Shaw will screen the film at this event, and the screening will be followed by a conversation.

    Sponsored by Maine Magazine, Allagash Brewing Company, and Chickadee Wines,

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  • Birding Basics: Identifying Birds
    • Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Identifying birds: There are 10,000 species of birds in the world — with 455 spotted in Maine — but which is the one you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail, we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

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