Events & Programs
- 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.
There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.
- Family Fun: Signs of Winter (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 1: Signs of Winter
* Cozy homes for the winter
* Animal Signs
* Winter Birds
* Winter Adaptations
* Groundhog’s Day
* Snow Science
* and more!
*10 Weeks (no class on 2/17)
*No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.
*Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.
- 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.
- Greater Bangor Birding Field Trip
Join Doug Hitchcox on a trip to a few of his favorite locations he birded during his ‘college-days’. Early March is a great transition from winter to spring birds, so let’s track down some feathered friends and reminisce.
Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
Leader: Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist
- Nature Yoga For Families
March’s theme: Think spring!
We invite you and your young family to our new Nature Yoga For Families series. We will use a unique combination of storytelling, yoga postures and movement to keep you engaged. All you need to bring is your imagination! Come early or stay late to play in our Discovery room, visit our Nature store and bring a snack to enjoy.
*Maximum of three children per adult.
*Registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.
Instructor: Abby Brennan. Abby also teaches at Greener Postures, Maine Yoga Kids, Riverbend Yoga and Jade Integrated Health.
- Scat and Tracks
Enjoy an afternoon exploration of animal scat and tracks that critters leave behind. Participants will learn to find and identify tracks, reading the stories they tell. A limited supply of snowshoes are available. Please bring your own if you have them.
Leader: Gudrun Keszoecze, Naturalist, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
- Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans by Laura Hobgood-Oster
Canines and humans have depended upon one another for tens of thousands of years. Humans took the initial steps of domesticating canines, but somewhere through the millennia, dogs began to affect the future of their masters. Hobgood-Oster reveals how the relationship has been marked by both love and exploitation.
Leader: Joyce Rumery
- Birding Basics: Birding by Ear
With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!
Week 5: Spring is right around the corner and that means the birds will be singing. Being able to identify birds by their calls is a skill that will greatly improve your birding and help you quickly distinguish different species. This class will teach you techniques for remembering and identifying bird songs.
- Stream-Smart Road Crossing Workshop – Rockland
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.
- Lets go birding! – Van trip
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.
- Monthly Bird Walk
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.
- Winter Writing Workshop: What Would a Bear Write?
Explore your inner bear through poetry and short-story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal-loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.
Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.
Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer and conservationist
- 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.
- Owl Prowl
March is when owls are most active. They’re hooting to establish pairs and territories. We’ll take a walk into the woods to hear and possibly see feathered nocturnal beauties. Please bring a flashlight.
- Yoga & Nature
Celebrate the spring equinox! Join us for a yoga workshop in southern Maine to welcome in the season of renewal and growth. Local yoga teachers along with Maine Audubon naturalist/yoga teacher Holly Twining will offer up a movement journey.
We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration. Beginners are welcome.
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