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
- Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades 2-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply. Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data. Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here. You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff! Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!
Sample topics and themes include:
- Where are they now? – taking a closer look at signs of animals through their tracks, scat and more
- Backyard birds and plants – signs of the seasons are often told through the actions of birds and plants; what are we seeing and what does that mean?
- Big Night -- Vernal pools and nocturnal creatures have important roles in the ecosystem, come learn about the journey salamanders and bats are a part of
- Habitat Connections – looking at the importance of habitat through maps to define helpful links for wildlife
This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors. The program runs from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Saturdays.
- 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.
- Night Sounds
Come and enjoy the nature center grounds as darkness descends. We’ll hope to hear amphibians, owls, and woodcock.
Wear footwear suitable for wet, muddy conditions.
- Stream-Smart Road Crossing Workshop – Augusta
This workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream. Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service, ProjectShare, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Maine Coastal Program, NOAA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings including, contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups and private landowners.
Workshops are offered in four different locations in Maine—content is the same for all workshops.
- 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.
- Wild Theatre
Kids, come and enjoy nature with a theatrical twist! Parents will drop off their young actors and budding naturalists to rehearse a short play with playwright Travis Baker. An outdoor exploration will be a fun break in the theatrics. Parents return (bring more family and friends) to watch the performance.
For all ages, no experience necessary.
- Good Night, Nature
Theme: Big Night
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.
*Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.
*No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult
- Sharing Nature and Play with Young Children
Workshop for Educators of Children 2 to 6 years old
It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your classroom AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. It will support you in your efforts to add more nature and more play to your programs. All who work with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!
Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love of the natural world. And, we want to honor children’s need to play, more and more. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s creativity and sense of wonder. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.
This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop. This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play.
- Nature Poetry Reading
In celebration of National Poetry Month, join word enthusiasts at the nature center for an evening of poetry. Share your favorite nature or environmental poem. Your poem could be obscure, well-known, or one you wrote yourself.
If you prefer, just come to listen to the beauty of poetry about nature.
Leader: Christina Diebold
- Naturalist Forum – Polar Bears in Peril
Join Bob Bittenbender for his highly acclaimed talk on the iconic Polar Bear and the peril it faces in a changing climate. Having taken five trips to Churchill, Manitoba to see Polar Bears, Bob has put together an amazing program that has been featured at schools, civic events, and the Cleveland Ohio Metro Park.
The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.
- Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. This time around, the cataclysm is us.
Tracing the evolution of extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines to provide a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us.
Leader: Joyce Rumery
- Wild Poetry: a nature writing workshop
Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month! Set your imagination free and explore the wonders of nature.
Enjoy an outdoor adventure, hear great poetry (bring a favorite sample), write your own poetry, and share your writing and/or art.
- Nature Time Drop In
Try out a terrific program made especially for preschoolers and their parents before the official spring session of Nature Time. Come and enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.
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