Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Tuesdays
    • 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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Tuesdays
    • 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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


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  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    DEJUCome 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.

    Nature Tuesday will be Jan 10 at 1:30 at PINE POINT BEACH.

    We chose this location because it will be a low, low tide at 3:06 PM.  We will be able to see what washes up in the winter on the beach. Marvel at the patterns in the sand And dig for surf clams which you can take home and eat!  Perhaps other mysteries will be under the sand as well.

    On our  pre walk we found moonsnail shells 5” across,10” razor clam shells, oyster shells, whelk shells, slipper shells, and more fresh dulse for eating and other seaweeds.

    So far the weather  looks good for Tuesday:  sunny, 30 degrees and 5 mph winds.

    What to bring:
    If it turns out to be more windy you would be glad to have wind pants and face protection, wind proof mittens.
    Water proof boots would be helpful.
    If you want to dig for hen clams/ surf clams….we use a garden fork (a flat bladed pitch fork) and a bucket and you should bring those.  You will probably get enough for dinner and more.
    There were only gulls on our prewalk, but it may be worth bring binocs.
    If you are a beach comber, bring bucket or bags.

    Directions:
    TO PINE POINT BEACH PARKING LOT IN SCARBOROUGH.  (it’s about 1/2 hour from Portland)
    If you want to car pool with us we will be leaving the Hannaford Parking lot on Forest avenue (side closest to Forest Avenue) at 12:40.   776-1876 Davida
    davida Maps:
    295 South
    exit 2 to Scarborough and rte 1 south (2.1 m to Rte 1)
    rte 1 south (for 4. 2 Miles)
    Left onto Pine Pint Rd (for 3.1 miles)
    Left at stop sign (Jones Creek Dr.)
    Right at 5th Ave. = parking lot

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    **There will be no walk on February 16th due to the weather.**

    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.

    Walks will be at 7:00AM again beginning in April.

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

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 – Friday, Feb 24, 2017
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $220, Child Non-members: $280

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators.

    Single day registration available if space allows by calling 207-781-2330 x 273 

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).


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  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 – Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $150.00, Child Non-members: $225.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Visit for one day or come for the full session! Please dress for cold weather.

    Tuesday

    Snow Science – We will explore the world of snow and ice in the field, forest and streams. We will make our own crystals and discover the insulating power of snow while learning how life on earth survives and thrives when it is cold.

    Wednesday

    Travel and Survival in Nature - Fly, hop and crawl your way through the grounds at Fields Pond while learning how seeds and animals move. Campers will perform hands-on experiments to discover how plants and animals survive the Maine winter.

    Thursday

    Winter Birds - Which birds will we find at our feeders and in the forest this time of year? Join us as we observe Maine’s winter birds and their habitat. We will dissect owl pellets, make bird feeders participate in the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 – Friday, Feb 24, 2017
      9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk, Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk
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    Join us during February 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 (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear). Each day has its own theme, but contribute to the week’s theme: Winter Adaptations.

    Tuesday: Snow & Ice

    Wednesday: Birds in Winter

    Thursday: Tracking

    Friday: Predators & Prey

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible if space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273
  • February
  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Wednesday

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    • Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $55.00, Child Non-members: $75.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Visit for one day or come for the full session! Please dress for cold weather.

    Wednesday

    Travel and Survival in Nature - Fly, hop and crawl your way through the grounds at Fields Pond while learning how seeds and animals move. Campers will perform hands-on experiments to discover how plants and animals survive the Maine winter.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Thursday

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    • Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $55.00, Child Non-members: $75.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Visit for one day or come for the full session! Please dress for cold weather.

    Thursday

    Winter Birds - Which birds will we find at our feeders and in the forest this time of year? Join us as we observe Maine’s winter birds and their habitat. We will dissect owl pellets, make bird feeders participate in the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2017
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    • Friday, Feb 24, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Adult Members: $10, Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15, Child Non-members: $10

    Join us for our annual winter 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.

  • March
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017
      10:00am
    • 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, March 1 – April 5

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

  • Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) Project Workshop — Fields Pond
    • Friday, Mar 3, 2017 9:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: 50.00

    ***Fee has been reduced to 40.00. Register soon!

    Project Learning Tree and Maine Audubon are connecting students, curriculum and local partners with Maine’s forests.

    Learn how forest research plots draw from science, math and social studies through the Maine Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Maine Audubon web based Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) program.

    How can we use a forest research plot to calculate carbon in-put and out-put? How can a forest research plot inform us about climate change? Why is one Maine forest type different from another?

    • Experience the tools and the protocol for establishing permanent study plots in your town or school forest – NGSS and CCSS and STEM connections: Environmental science and earth systems; applied geometry; exploring data trends using spreadsheet applications and more.
    • Set up the first permanent forestry plot at Maine Audubon’s Fields Pond Audubon Center
    • Join the FIG on-line network of students, teachers and land trusts

    Why attend?: Bring together PLT’s Focus on Forests HS guide, Maine Audubon Citizen Science projects, field studies with professionals – and your community.

    Be prepared for some outdoor field work. Bring a bag lunch.

    Workshop facilitators: Jake Maier, Consulting Forester; Ken Laustsen, Maine Forest Service Biometrician, Cyndi Kuhn, Maine Audubon and Pat Maloney, MEPLT Coordinator.

    FMI and to register contact Pat Maloney: [email protected] or 207 626 7990

     

     

     

     

  • Winter Exploration and Children’s Literature Educator Workshop
    • Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $30

    Join us  for this interactive two-part workshop for early childhood educators.  First we will focus on engaging young children through inside and outside activities, about the wonders of winter. From snow science to winter adaptations and more, there will be something for every student. Educators will also receive background information on winter ecology.

    winter-kidsIn the second half of the workshop, we will explore ways in which children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, can be used to integrate science and literacy in early childhood classrooms. Using the Wildlife on the Move series as a model, we will discuss and practice strategies for evaluating children’s books, reading aloud, and choosing activities to increase engagement and extend children’s learning.

    Educators are encouraged to stay for an additional hour, 3-4 p.m. for planning and consultation time with Maine Audubon’s professional education team.

    • Lessons will be multidisciplinary and linked to the Maine Early Learning and development
    • Come prepared for an outdoor winter exploration, we will learn by doing.
    • Receive background information about Winter
    • Contact hours and certificate
    • Future consultation to help implement into your classrooms.
  • eBird Primer
    • Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    eBird.org has quickly grown as one of the most important and valuable tools for modern birders. This citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, can help you learn when and where to see any bird, how to hear about the latest rare bird sightings, and even keep you life list up to date.

    Join our staff naturalist (and one of Maine’s eBird reviewers), Doug Hitchcox, for an evening program on how to efficiently use this free tool.

  • Stream-Smart Training Workshop 2017 – Standish
    • Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 8:30am – 12:30pm
    • Location: Sebago Lake Ecology Center
      On White Rock Road at the junction of Routes 237 and 35
    • Price: $35.00

    The 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 Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, 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.

     

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Why 21st Century Children Need Nature
    • Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring David Sobel of Antioch New England, this event is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series.

    The original kindergarten – the children’s garden–conceived by German educator Friedrich Froebel in the 19th century, was a place where children learned through play, often in nature. That idea is fast eroding.  Children aren’t playing in the garden anymore; instead they’re filling in bubbles in worksheets. The new movement of nature-based early childhood education can reverse that trend. There are thousands of forest kindergartens throughout Europe and new programs opening every month in North America. Let’s examine the promise of this healthy approach towards living and learning outdoors with young people.

    David Sobel is Senior Faculty in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England. He is the author of the newly released Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning. He serves as a professional development and place-based education curriculum consultant to schools throughout the country and has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for a variety of school and environmental institutions.

    Maine Magazine is the media sponsor of the Maine Audubon Speaker Series.
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  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Michael Boardman Reception and Lecture
    • Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Free

    Join us for a reception and viewing of Michael Boardman’s art that is currently on display in the Maine Audubon Education Center at Gilsland Farm. More details to come.

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Emerging Spring
    • Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Learn how plants and animals are coping with winter’s final days and what signs of emerging spring are already upon us.

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