Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 – Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
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    • 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.

  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday, Aug 30, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    Female Red-winged blackbird © Mary Holland

    Join us each Saturday 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.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
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  • SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature
    • Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 – Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
      9:00am – 5:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
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    Owl, by Andrea von Huene.

    Now through September 30

    June LaCombe’s sculpture exhibit, SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature, is on display at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. The show includes 82 sculptures by New England artists. 10% of proceeds are donated to Maine Audubon. Maps and a price list are available at Gilsland Farm.

    Please visit June LaCombe Sculpture for photos and more information.

  • Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 – Monday, Sep 1, 2014
      10:00am – 11:30am
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00, Child Non-members: $9.00

    Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.

     

  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 – Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    The 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.

     

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 – Friday, Jul 25, 2014
      8:30am – 12:30pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 – Friday, Jul 25, 2014
      1:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Summer Camp: Wonderful Water
    • Monday, Jul 21, 2014 – Friday, Jul 25, 2014
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240

    Why do all animals and plants need water? Campers will learn all about water and how to keep our water resources clean and healthy for the future. We will search for bullfrogs, cool down with water games and explore the wonderfully watery and wild places at Gilsland Farm and beyond.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
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  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
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    • Friday, Jul 25, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $9

    Join naturalist Gary Roberts as you revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants and shrubs.  Participants will be able to sample some of the many edible plants that grow in the marsh and learn of their medicinal properties. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
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    • Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12, Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14, Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II
    • Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to dedicated Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

    ***Online registration is now closed but there is still plenty of space available on this trip.  Please meet us at Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor at 6:30 pm for a wonderful evening!  We can accept cash or check at the boat.***

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Bird Monitoring SMACJoin us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
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  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9:30am – 5:00pm
    • Location: Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 - Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • Nature Sketching by Canoe
    • Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    This guided canoe tour will give artists of all ages a unique opportunity to practice nature sketching.  Participants will view nature close-up while slowly paddling in the midst of the ever-changing salt marsh. The winding curves of the river, populated with the graceful snowy egret and the prehistoric double crested cormorant, will provide endless opportunities for artistic inspiration. Whether you are interested in sketching landscapes, wildlife, or both, this canoe tour will unique experience for all. Led by artist Ellie Brown.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • The Big and Small of It All
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    • Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Friday, Aug 1, 2014
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

     

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Friday, Aug 8, 2014
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $400, Child Non-members: $440

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us.

    Camp Session (2 weeks):

    • Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
    • Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
  • Family Fun
    • Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Monday, Aug 18, 2014
      10:00am
    • Every Monday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $50

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

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

  • Cat Tales – Story Hour
    • Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Bring your preschooler to our fun and exciting story hour.  This program will combine learning with hands-on fun and creativity.  We will read a story related to the marsh and afterwards children will have the chance to make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Experience the marsh from a fish eye view. We will catch some marsh fish, the mummichog, andMummichogs in Tank
    get an up close look at the world in which they live. In addition to these hands-on activities, the children will do a craft project.

     

     

  • Astronomy Canoe Tour
    • Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. As we paddle along the Dunstan River he will point out astronomical features. We will view the stars and planets while enjoying the sights and sounds of the salt marsh in the evening. Once the canoe tour has returned to the Nature Center, participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope on the back deck.

    Please arrive no later than 7:00 pm.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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