Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • 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 primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    IMG_2848The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more. We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
      10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      10:00am – 11:30am
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00, Child Non-members: $9.00

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Yoga in the Apple Orchard
    • Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
      11:30am – 12:15pm
    • Every Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: FREE - Donations appreciated

    Sarah Tree on Crescent BeachJoin us each Thursday this summer for lunchtime yoga in the apple orchard with instructor Sarah Victor, LMT, RYT. Class is free, but donations are appreciated and go to support the work of Maine Audobon. Please bring a mat and any props you may need if possible; some mats and props are available for use. Please e-mail the instructor directly with any questions at [email protected]

     

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 – Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Come join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet every other week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations.  Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome….we will learn from each other.

    Walks are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and meet rain or shine. We start in the Environmental Center, but plan to spend most of the time outdoors.

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.
  • July
  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 28 – Birds

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 28 – Birds

  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

    This Workshop has been cancelled.

  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

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    Due to weather, this event has been rescheduled to July 30.

    Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey.  After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results.  The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.

    Advance registration appreciated but not required.

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 30 – Insects

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 30 – Insects

  • August
  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    Monarch Caterpillar UNE campus
    • Monday, Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 4, 2016
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Scarborough Marsh Fundraiser – Romeo’s Pizza
    • Monday, Aug 1, 2016 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Free

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    Romeo’s Pizza is having a fundraiser for the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. Come eat pizza and other great tasty meals to help the Center! Romeo’s Pizza will donate a portion of evening sales to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. This applies to take out or eating in.  There will be door prizes.

    Visit Romeo’s Pizza website to browse their menu.

    For more information call 207-883-5100, Romeo’s is located at 201 Route 1 in Scarborough.

  • Nature Sketching by Canoe
    • Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    This guided canoe tour will give artists of all ages a unique opportunity to practice nature sketching.  Participants will view nature close-up while slowly paddling in the midst of the ever-changing salt marsh. The winding curves of the river, populated with the graceful snowy egret and the prehistoric double crested cormorant, will provide endless opportunities for artistic inspiration. Whether you are interested in sketching landscapes, wildlife, or both, this canoe tour will unique experience for all. 

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
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    • Friday, Aug 5, 2016 – Friday, Aug 26, 2016
      9:15am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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!

    Themes:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Cat Tales – Story Hour
    • Friday, Aug 5, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 , Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Bring your preschooler to our fun and exciting story hour.  This program will combine learning with hands-on fun and creativity.  We will read a story related to the marsh and afterwards children will have the chance to make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    Butterfly on iris
    • Friday, Aug 5, 2016 – Friday, Aug 26, 2016
      10:30am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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!

    Themes:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    * The Pond

    * Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

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