Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
      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 No class on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday, Mar 5, 2015
      8:00am – 10:00am
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    • 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.

    There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.

  • December
  • Film Screening: Counting on Birds
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    • Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    With the annual Christmas Bird Counts beginning on December 14, we will help you get in the holiday counting spirit by hosting a screening of the ‘Counting on Birds’ documentary. This one-hour film by New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) follows Willem Lang’s travels to Keene & Errol, New Hampshire, Mount Desert, Maine, Ecuador and Cuba to meet people who participate in National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count.

  • Winter Solstice Celebration
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    • Friday, Dec 19, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    Join Maine Audubon and Evelyn Rysdyk and Allies Knowlton from Spirit Passages to honor nature by celebrating the Winter Solstice. We will have story telling by Margi Huber, rituals from around the world, a fire ceremony and more.

    Refreshments will be served afterwards.

  • Christmas Bird Count
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    • Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 – Saturday, Jan 3, 2015
      7:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Be a birder, covering a piece of territory within the Bird Count Circle. Or, be a feeder-watcher. If you live inside either circle, and have a bird feeder, you can count your birds for about an hour. Then email or call in how many of each species came to your feeder.

    Orono-Old Town Christmas Bird Count:  Saturday, December 20

    Bangor-Bucksport Christmas Count:  Saturday, January 3

     

  • The Night Tree: A Solstice Celebration!
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    • Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00/family

    Join us on the longest night of the year for a celebration of nature in winter. We will recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story, The Night Tree, by making our own “night tree” to share with our wild neighbors. We will have hot cider and indoor activities. All ages welcome.

  • Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
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    • Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 3:30pm – 5:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $15, Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
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    • Monday, Dec 29, 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: Who sleeps in the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • January
  • Nature Time Drop In
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    • Monday, Jan 5, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Drop in to try out our Nature Time program! Our winter session of Nature Time starts February 2. Enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.

  • Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Tuesdays)
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    • Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 – Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00

    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
    Themes include:

    * 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.      

  • Beavers in Winter
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    • Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    Did you know that beavers don’t hibernate? How do they survive the winter? What is life like locked under the ice? Discover more about this amazing creature, it’s family life and the challenges they face each winter.

    All ages are welcome – family friendly!

     

     

  • Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Wednesdays)
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    • Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 – Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
      10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00

    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
    Themes include:

    • Cozy homes for the winter
    • Animal Signs
    • Winter Birds
    • Winter Adaptations
    • Groundhog’s Day
    • Snow Science
    • and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 2/18)

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

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

  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    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 1: Tools of the Trade – Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, and much more.

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
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    • Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 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.

    Dress for the weather.

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