Events & Programs

  • Fields Pond Yoga
    • Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    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.)
    • Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
      10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Saturdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $225, Child Non-members: $275
    Red Tailed Hawk

    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.

  • March
  • Nature Explorers: Coming out of Hibernation
    • Monday, Mar 30, 2015 9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Who is returning/awakening and how can you help them?

    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 topic.


    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    *This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

  • Signs of the Seasons Training
    monarch-tree_GeneNieminen_US Fish and Wildlife
    • Monday, Mar 30, 2015 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Signs of the Seasons is a citizen science program that trains volunteers to observe and record phenology, which is the timing of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Program training includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted.

    Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in their own backyard, schoolyard or other community location. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

    Please register online or call FPAC at 989-2591.

    Visit  for more information on the Signs of the Seasons program or e-mail questions to Elissa Koskela

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program in partnership with: the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Audubon, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, University of New Hampshire Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine.

    Monarch Photo by Gene Nieminen, US Fish and Wildlife

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 – Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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
    Themes include:

    * 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
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    • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    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.

  • April
  • Stream-Smart Road Crossing Workshop – Augusta
    • Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 8:30am – 12:30pm
    • Location: Associated General Contractors of Maine
    • Price: $35.00

    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
    • Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
    • 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 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
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    • Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 10:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $15.00, Child Non-members: $20.00

    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
    • Monday, Apr 6, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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
    • Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 – Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
    • Must attend both sessions
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: $50 Early bird special $40 until March 31

    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.

    Click here to register


  • Nature Poetry Reading
    • Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    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
    • Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    polar bear 2 credit bob bittenbenderJoin 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
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    • Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free

    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

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