Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00
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    Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome.

    Leader: Holly Twining, certified yoga instructor

  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 – Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
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    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.

    *We are temporarily stopping our Saturday bird walks because our leaders will be busy on field trips. We hope you join them on these fun adventures around the state: click here to see our upcoming trips.*

  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Monday, Sep 29, 2014 – Monday, Nov 10, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Preschoolers with their caregivers, come to a nature-based program with stories, movement, art and an outdoor adventure.

  • October
  • Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
    • Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Join Cyndi and Holly for a get together; we want to thank you for all of the great work you do for the nature center. Enjoy socializing, refreshments, and a nature walk. Family members are welcome!

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Nature Explorers
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    • Monday, Oct 27, 2014 9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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 different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Where do the birds go?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required. 

  • Family Fun
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    • Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

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

  • Family Fun
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    • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
      10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

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

  • Birding in a Digital Age – Part Three
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    • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part Three of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.

    **Attendance of all three parts in not required. Each lecture will build on the one prior. Read the descriptions and join us for the topics that interest you.**

    This week we’ll explore how the smart phone has become one of the most important tools for birding in a digital age. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders (with an in-depth look at BirdLog) and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

  • Stream-Smart Road Crossing Field Training Workshops (Phase II) – Saco
    • Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Rain date October 31, 2014
    • Members: $35.00 - Non-members: $35.00

    Stream Smart Phase II is a field oriented technical workshop extension of the principles of Stream Smart design for ecological road crossings.

    Participants will learn how to assess a road/stream crossing, gathering the information needed to develop a conceptual design for a replacement open bottom stream crossing. Information gathered will include: a surveyed longitudinal profile, gradient, riffle/pool spacing, bankfull width measurements, cross sectional transects of a reference reach, and stream substrate composition. Following the “hands on” field portion of the workshop, participants will enter data and interpret the information. The end result will be a conceptual preliminary design for a Stream Smart crossing replacement structure. Stream Smart workshops are designed to provide training for professionals responsible for road-stream crossings.

    Participants in this workshop will receive continuing education credits for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program.

    Workshops are offered in three different locations in Maine—content is the same for all workshops.

  • November
  • Celebrating Sturgeon
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    • Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Nov 3, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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.

    This Session:  Bats

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 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).

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
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    • Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Friday, Nov 7, 2014 1:00pm – 5:00pm
    • 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 start planning your holiday shopping. 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!
  • Monthly Bird Walk
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    • Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 8:00am – 9:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Please dress for the weather.

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