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

    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: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    IMG_2848The 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.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
      10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      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

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover 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. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday, Jun 20, 2016 – Friday, Jul 1, 2016
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $570, Child Non-members: $720

    Join us for a two week adventure where campers will discover the lay of the land of Gilsland Farm, Scarborough Marsh and Mackworth Island!  We will uncover the mysteries of how animals travel from habitat to habitat and how we fit into their world!  Come explore with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games!

    Camp session (two weeks) — June 20 through July 1

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday, Jun 24, 2016 – Friday, Jul 22, 2016
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $55, Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday, Jun 24, 2016 – Friday, Jul 22, 2016
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $55, Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    summer nature time

    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!

    Themes:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • July
  • Birds of Stratton Island I

    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Sunday, Jul 3, 2016 8:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
    Learn more

  • Buterfly Walk
    • Sunday, Jul 3, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: $3 which goes to the North American Butterfly Count. Children are free

    ***Date has changed to Sunday due to poor weather forecast***

    Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count. Counts are held nationwide and supply important data about declines or increases in butterfly populations.  All ages welcome.

    Anyone interested in counting (and identifying) butterflies on that date elsewhere within the count circle should contact Pat Snyder for details at 567-3137 or [email protected].

  • Explorers: Birds
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    • Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday, Jul 7, 2016
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $210

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Birds of Stratton Island II

    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016 1:00pm – 4:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
    Learn more

  • Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop
    • Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Maine Lake Science Center, Bridgton
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

    natural curiousGrowing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:

    • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide.
    • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign
    • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
    • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

    Scholarships to help defray the cost of the workshop are available Please contact Beth Pauls, at 207-781-2330 ext 273 or  e-mail her at [email protected] more information on scholarships, questions on the workshops and any problems with registrations. 

  • Yoga in the Apple Orchard
    • Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 – Thursday, Sep 29, 2016
      11:00am
    • Every Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: FREE - Donations appreciated

    Sarah Tree on Crescent BeachJoin us each Thursday in the apple orchard for lunchtime yoga with instructor Sarah Victor.  Class is free but donations are welcome and go to support the work of Maine Audubon. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it.

     

  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

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    Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey.  After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results.  The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.

    Advance registration appreciated but not required.

  • Family Day: Modern Menagerie at PMA
    • Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 11:00am – 3:00pm
    • Price: All activities are free with museum admission. Children under 14 are always free. Students receive the discounted price of $10.

    Educators from the PMA and Maine Audubon bring you a Family Day that explores both the scientific and artistic sides of Maine animals and habitats. Inspired by works from our collection and the exhibition Modern Menagerie, we’ll use literature, storytelling, art making, and scientific inquiry to deepen our understanding of Maine-specific species and natural habitats. Join us for all-ages gallery talks or a special tour for young learners ages 3-5 years.

    Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun!

  • Birds of Stratton Island III

    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 8:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds. Advance registration required.  Register on our website for this trip.
    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday, Jul 11, 2016 – Friday, Jul 15, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about critters in Maine!  

    Camp session (5 days) — July 11 through July 15

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Wild Things
    • Monday, Jul 11, 2016 – Friday, Jul 15, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $250.00, Child Non-members: $300.00

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    Join us for a week long adventure filled with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games. We will explore the diverse habitats of Fields Pond with a focus on the majestic forest and brilliant meadow while learning about what species depend on these places for survival.

    This program requires release forms. Please download, fill out and return the forms prior to the start of the program.

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
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    • Monday, Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016
      9:15am
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

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