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:

  • 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
    signs of fall

    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
    signs of fall

    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: Gilsland Farm
    • Free


    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.
    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.
  • October
  • Scarborough Marsh Fall Clean Up
    • Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    This event is postponed until Sunday, October 23 from 9:00AM-Noon

    October is the time for closing up the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center for the season! Join us for a work day to pick up trash and prepare the grounds for winter.

    As we did this spring, we are taking this opportunity to help families in Scarborough stock up for the coming fall and winter by bringing nonperishable food or a store gift card to the clean-up. Project G.R.A.C.E will be on hand to accept the donations.


  • Fields Pond Family Discovery Series: Fall Reading Rambles
    • Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 – Saturday, Dec 17, 2016
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Our family reading rambles enable people of all ages to get outdoors and experience natural settings while enjoying wonderful children’s literature. Kelly Davis will be reading and leading enchanting walks along Fields Pond trails featuring a seasonal title from Usborne Books each month, which will be available for purchase.

    Saturday, October 22 10-11am
    Secrets of the Apple Tree, by A. Nassner

    Saturday, November 19 10-11am
    Waiting for Winter, by S. Maschenmoser

    Saturday, December 17 10-11am
    Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

    No advance registration is required, drop ins welcome!

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7:00am – 9:00am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year, and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds and hopefully some out-of-range rarities that often frequent this area in the fall.

  • November
  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 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).

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 – Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, November 2 – December 21

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

  • Birding Basics: Finding Birds
    • Thursday, Nov 3, 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!

    Week 3: You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds.

  • Members’ Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 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 get your holiday shopping done! 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!

  • Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Volunteers wanted for a fall day of service at Fields Pond.  Individuals, families, and groups are welcome for routine seasonal maintenance and upkeep of our trails, building and grounds.

    All tools and supplies will be provided. Bring your own lunch; snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a service day on a different date.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
    • Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    All Fields Pond volunteers are invited to attend an evening celebration to honor the time and effort they devote to making Fields Pond Audubon Center the best it can be. Education volunteers, front desk docents, property stewards, and volunteer naturalists are all welcome. Bring a guest. Please call Fields Pond to RSVP.

  • Fall Native Plant Seed Sowing Workshop
    • Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 9:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project - Non-members: $30

    Seed propagationFall is seed sowing time in Maine!  Most native plants propagate naturally outdoors over winter, and starting native plants from seed is a fun, economical way to benefit your landscape. This workshop will focus on do-it-yourself seed propagation of native plants.  Participants will leave with several seeded pots. 

    The seeds of our native plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. This workshop will teach you how to sow native seeds in a small outdoor propagation area. An individual, school, community group, or farm can produce a wide variety of perennial and woody species using the methods demonstrated in this workshop. Propagation of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns will all be covered.

    Wild-Seed-Project_brownLed by Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation.

  • Beaver Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Monday, Nov 14, 2016 4:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 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.

    November features the Beaver Moon.

    The Beaver Moon, also called the Frost moon, earned its nickname because its arrival meant it was time to set beaver traps before the hard freeze in order to ensure a sufficient supply of warm winter furs. Whether you wear your furs or not, this evening hike will be sure to remind us winter is on its way. Dress warmly!

  • SPEAKER SERIES: The Nexus of Conservation and Agriculture
    • Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Amanda Beal

    Featuring Amanda Beal, the new executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, this event is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series.

    Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is dedicated to conserving Maine’s farmland, which is a critical part of our state’s heritage, economy, and way of life. Like Maine Audubon, MFT leverages education, stewardship, and advocacy in pursuit of their own conservation mission. In her talk, Ms. Beal will discuss the ways MFT is working to assure a vibrant and sustainable future for agriculture in Maine, with a focus on the many environmental, social, and economic benefits of keeping working farmland in our communities.

    mft-logo-primarystackedfullcolorAmanda Beal has been a leader in agriculture, local foods and conservation in Maine for many years. She recently took the helm at Maine Farmland Trust, whose “goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive.”

    This presentation is hosted in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust. Current members of both Maine Audubon and Maine Farmland Trust will enjoy the member pricing for this event.


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