Events & Programs
- Fields Pond Yoga
Come to Fields Pond Audubon Center to stretch, energize and relax. This weekly yoga class is open to all levels. Enjoy the gorgeous views! Leader: Holly Twining, Maine Audubon naturalist, certified yoga instructor
- Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
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!
Session 2: Signs of Spring
* Animals Waking Up
* Maple Syrup
* Signs of Spring
* Backyard Birds
* Bees & Pollinators
* Rainbow Gardens
* Vernal Pools
* and more!
*10 Weeks (no class on 4/21)
*No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.
*Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.
- Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
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.
- Pollinators Parade and Picnic
Bring the whole family for a celebration of spring – rain or shine! There will be something for everyone: crafts, costume parade and symbolic planting of milkweed (too early this spring to put in ground), spring scavenger hunt, information about pollinators and how you can help. We will conclude the day with a picnic lunch (please bring your own food).
- Festivities begin at 10:30 am
- Costume Parade starts at 12:00 pm
- Socialize and picnic lunch!
- The event wraps up around 1:00 pm, but families are welcome to stay and explore on their own.
- April Vacation Camp
We welcome all campers from kindergarten through fifth grade! Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days.
- Look What I Found! Preschool Program
Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.
Monday, April 20 - Gardening for Wildlife
Tuesday, April 21 - Spring is Awakening
Wednesday, April 22 - Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 23 - Pond Life
* Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
*Registration is required for this event.
- Early Morning Celebration of Earth Day
At the celebration we will be having music, readings from a variety of spiritual backgrounds and yoga (sun salutation). Everyone is welcome to come and share their connection to the earth. Join us for refreshments afterwards.
The celebration is in conjunction with Osprey, a group of people of faith who are committed to repairing the earth. Osprey members come from different faith traditions, see the divine hand in creation and join in the Great Work of restoring what is broken. The group meets once a month for spiritual deepening, networking and mutual support.
- April Vacation Camp: Solutions never seemed so sweet
Join us for outdoor exploration, play and all around fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world as problem solvers. Choose to come for one or both days.
Wednesday – Earth Day Celebration. Learn a brief history of Earth Day and come celebrate all the great solutions happening on our planet right now!
Friday – Nature Bound. Enjoy a day long expedition filled with outdoor exploration and play while learning how to solve problems as a team.
- Speaker Series: Earth Day Film Festival 2015
Join Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Maine Audubon and AMC members receive a discounted entrance fee. Join us for a fun evening of food, drink and conservation films!
Food and drink starts at 6:00 pm. Film screening begins at 7 pm. We expect that this event will sell out – please register online to reserve your seat!
Desert Ice by Three Strings Productions – 12 minutes
Jesse Huey and Scott Adamson climb into the high-desert slot canyons of Southwest Utah in search of what some are calling the best water-ice discovery in the last 20 years.
Mike Libecki: Pursuit of Passion by Three Strings Productions – 4 minutes
Passion for adventure is contagious and the more you’re exposed to the outdoor lifestyle the more it gets in your blood. Nobody knows this more than Goal Zero Ambassador Mike Libecki. He has logged over 50 expeditions, filled multiple passports with over 100 stamped pages and climbed and explored some of the most remote regions of the planet. The contagious nature of Mike’s passion for adventure has now started to find a place in the heart of the next generation.
Une balade à la mer (A ride towards the sea) by Damien Stein – 3 minutes
An animated everyman goes on a quest to the sea, without dialog or melodramatic music. A thoughtful naturalistic land and soundscape in a quirky morality tale.
Tow Pony by Joel Osgood – 4 minutes
“The best memories I have are when brother and I were just tykes. We’d hike the back 40 behind our home in Maine. Oftentimes we’d find snowy ravines, perfect for carving some turns. While hiking was good for us, we wanted something more. Our own ski hill. Complete with our own motorized rope tow.”
Moments from Hogback by No Umbrella Media – 6 minutes
Wood and steel. The New England Runner Sled Championships takes place each February on Hogback Mountain in Montville, Maine.
Headliner: 7:45 p.m.
Fifty Lakes One Island by George Desort – 51 minutesDuring 2011, Chicago filmmaker George Desort spent a total of eighty nights on Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. Traveling alone with his camera equipment and as much food as he could fit into his kayak, Desort explored the rugged terrain of the island, filming himself each step of the way.
- April Live Wildlife Show
Join us for our annual spring live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!
Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.
The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.
(Please note the Child Member price is $5)
- Cliff Island Exploration
Join naturalists Doug Hitchcox, George Libby and Gary Roberts for an exploration around Casco Bay’s Cliff Island. The early morning ferry will get us out to the island with plenty of time to walk to Kennedy Beach to watch for returning and resident birds, search for early emerging plants and wildflowers, and check out the tide pools. The beach varies greatly along its length. The Bluffs—a long, raised, narrow chunk of rock—and the main part of Cliff Island shelter a wide area of water from the most severe wind and surf.
- Please purchase your ferry ticket ahead of time.
- Bring a lunch and beverage.
- Optional early ferry return at 12:00 p.m.
Information packet coming soon!
- Earth Day Clean Up – Scarborough Marsh
Give back to the Earth this year by helping Scarborough be a cleaner and healthier place for all its inhabitants and celebrate Earth Day by being part of the marsh clean up!
As spring approaches it is time to clean up the marsh, the Nature Center, and the grounds for the new season. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place. Bring a friend, your family or community group.
This year we are partnering again with Project G.R.A.C.E in Scarborough to help not only the marsh, but the people of Scarborough. Support a neighbor by bringing canned and staple foods or grocery gift cards when you come for the clean-up.
- Nature Explorers: Attracting Wildlife to your Yard
Theme: What can you do to Attract Wildlife to your Yard?
Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.
*No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult.
This is a drop in program – no registration is required.
- Volunteer Naturalist Training
Volunteers are needed to lead nature explorations Monday through Friday for groups of all ages at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. No experience is needed, just a love of nature and a desire to share it with others. We provide training in marsh ecology and leading groups.
Trainings will occur Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 9:30 – noon. To register and for more information see contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine Presents: Adventures in Baxter State Park and the Maine Woods Initiative
Peter Roderick who was recently awarded the title, “Mr. AMC” will share some winter adventures in Baxter State Park and tell us about AMC’s 67,000 acre Maine Woods Initiative. Members of the MWI committee as well as staff from the Greenville office will be present to answer questions.
AMC has created a place of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land in the 100 mile wilderness, the last really wild stretch of the Appalachian Trail before Katahdin. A partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski.
6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. presentation
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