Events & Programs
- 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
- Family Fun: Signs of Spring (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 2: Signs of Spring
* 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.
- 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.
- Nature Explorers: Attracting Wildlife to your Yard
Theme: What can you do to Attract Wildlife to your Yard?
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 is required.
- Volunteer Naturalist Training – Scarborough Marsh
Volunteers are needed to lead nature explorations Monday through Friday for groups of all ages at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. No experience is needed, just a love of nature and a desire to share it with others. We provide training in marsh ecology and leading groups.
Trainings will occur Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 9:30 – noon. To register and for more information see contact email@example.com.
- Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine Presents: Adventures in Baxter State Park and the Maine Woods Initiative
Peter Roderick who was recently awarded the title, “Mr. AMC” will share some winter adventures in Baxter State Park and tell us about AMC’s 67,000 acre Maine Woods Initiative. Members of the MWI committee as well as staff from the Greenville office will be present to answer questions.
AMC has created a place of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land in the 100 mile wilderness, the last really wild stretch of the Appalachian Trail before Katahdin. A partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski.
6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. presentation
- Intro to Warblers
Just in time for their spring arrival, our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will hold a workshop to teach you various techniques for identifying the gems of our forest: warblers. We will look at the diversity of the family, keys for identifying each species, and even spend time learning the songs and auditory cues to take your birding to the next level.
Registration is not capped for this lecture. You can pay at the door with cash or check.
- Salt Marsh by Canoe
This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
- Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil.
- Yoga & Nature
Join us for a spring yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration. Beginners are welcome.
- Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds—particularly warblers—is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.
We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.
Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center. Evergreen is a particular favorite spot of his: the location where he spent hours, many years ago, before high school learning warblers for the first time.
- Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure.
- Good Night, Nature
Theme: Nighttime Garden visitors
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
- Capisic Pond Fridays
This small Portland park features a surprising assortment of habitats and provides a welcome refuge for migrant and nesting birds. Join us for some outstanding morning birding.
Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center.
- Neighborhood Bird Walks
Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended due to wet grass and occasional muddy conditions. In consideration of wildlife and fellow birders, no pets please on the bird walks.
Friday, May 8: Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer
Leaders: Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski
Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.
Saturday, May 9 (Spring Fest – Int’l Migratory Bird Day): Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
Leaders: Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith
Meet in Fields Pond Audubon Center parking lot.
Tuesday, May 12: Bangor City Forest, Bangor
Leaders: Paul Markson, Gloria Vollmers
Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Kittredge Rd.
Wednesday, May 13: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor
Leaders: Jim and Kathy Zeman
Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance.
Friday, May 15: Saxl Park, Bangor
Leaders: Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne
Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.
Monday, May 18: Leonard’s Mills, Bradley
Leader: Sandi Duchesne
Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178.
Wednesday, May 20: Bangor City Forest, Bangor
Leader: Paul Corcoran
Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Tripp Dr.
Thursday, May 21: Essex Woods, Bangor
Leaders: Robert Ostrowski, Gordon Russell
Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.
Friday, May 22: Caribou Bog area, Orono
Co-sponsored by Orono Land Trust
Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining
Meet at OLT parking area 0.3 mi in on Taylor Rd. from Forest Ave.
Saturday, May 23: Technology Park, Orono
Leaders: Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird
On Godfrey Dr., across from the Black Bear Inn, go past Lixus Nexus on left, turn left after next white bldg., meet in the rear parking lot.
Tuesday, May 26: West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor
Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust
Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Gordon Russell
Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.
Wednesday, May 27: Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor
Leaders: Hope Brogunier, Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski
Meet in the 2nd parking lot upstream of the intersection of Valley Ave. and Bruce Rd.
Thursday, May 28: University of Maine, Orono
Leader: Sandi Duchesne
Meet in the parking lot on Route 2 (Park Street), approximately one mile north of Rangeley Road campus entrance
Friday, May 29: Stillwater River Trail, Orono
Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining
Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Bennoch Road and Noyes Drive.
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