Events & Programs


  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    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!
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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    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. 
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  • SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature
    • Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 – Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
      9:00am – 5:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
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    Owl, by Andrea von Huene.

    Now through September 30

    June LaCombe’s sculpture exhibit, SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature, is on display at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. The show includes 82 sculptures by New England artists. 10% of proceeds are donated to Maine Audubon. Maps and a price list are available at Gilsland Farm.

    Please visit June LaCombe Sculpture for photos and more information.

  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
      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

  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 – Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • 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.

    *We are temporarily stopping our Saturday bird walks because our leaders will be busy on field trips. We hope you join them on these fun adventures around the state: click here to see our upcoming trips.*

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 – Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
      9:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
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    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Tuesdays, September 9 to October 21, 2014)

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 – Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
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    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Wednesdays, September 10 to October 22, 2014)

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

  • September
  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip
    • Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 6:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $125 - Non-members: $160

    Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!

    Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, a rare great skua, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, razorbills, common murres, five different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna.

    Important information about this trip: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2014  [pdf]

    To help prep for this trip, local bird expert, Louis Bevier, will give a ‘Pelagic Primer‘ workshop on September 16th, the Tuesday evening before the trip. More information is available here.

  • Fall Wildflower Walk
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    • Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Join Maine Master Naturalist, Clare Cole, on an exploration of late season wildflowers.

  • Exploring Nature & the Outdoors with Kids
    • Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30am – 12:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $15, Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Join us for a nature-based program and book signing for families with young children.
    Hosted in partnership by Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)

    Featuring special guest, Yemaya St. Clair, co-author of
    Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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    Join us for a morning of fall crafts, exploration and fun! We will have some time indoors to be creative, learn about why leaves change color and habits of plants and animals in the fall. Then we will head outside to look for signs of fall. Come prepared for the whole family to explore our trails.*  Please bring a snack and appropriate clothing and footwear.

    Immediately following the program, we will enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments as we learn from our friends at AMC about their new book for families, Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Scheduled for release in October, copies of this book will be available to purchase the day of the event. You can learn more at AMC’s Kids Outdoors online community.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

    This event is part of the statewide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekened: Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour
    • Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $11, Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $13, Child Non-members: $10

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program will take participants through the winding curves of the Dunstan River and provide a special opportunity to see the changes to the salt marsh as the season turns. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful autumn colors of the many plants of the marsh. This unique experience will give you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the salt marsh in a new setting as fall brings its changes to this special environment.

    This program is a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    ANDREE KEHN Reiche fall 04Celebrate the impending arrival of fall with free activities for all ages! We’ll be offering ongoing hikes, scavenger hunts and children’s activities. Feel free to bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy Fields Pond Audubon Center

    Cost: Free. Donations welcome.

     

     

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  • Nature Explorers
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    • Monday, Sep 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:  What is happening in the pond?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Monday, Sep 29, 2014 – Monday, Nov 10, 2014
      10:00am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Preschoolers with their caregivers, come to a nature-based program with stories, movement, art and an outdoor adventure.

  • October
  • An Evening with John Bunker
    • Friday, Oct 3, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    As part of our annual Apple Day celebration, we are pleased to present John Bunker, author of Not so Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchard of Palermo, Maine. Bunker will share a history of apple trees in Maine, how orchards help bees and other pollinators and how you can plant a successful apple tree in your yard.

    We will also have heirloom apples and hard cider and fruit wines from Kennebec Cider, Maine Mead Works and Urban Farm Fermentory. (21+ Please bring ID)

    Co-sponsored by Maine Historical Society.

    Many thanks to our sponsors!

    KCCLogoKennebec Cider was started by Ben and Betsy Parks-Stamm in 2009. Each fall at their farm in Winthrop, they press a blend of apples from their orchard and other local growers. They slowly ferment and age their ciders for up to a year at cold temperatures to preserve the crisp flavors of Maine apples. Their two hard ciders– traditional and blueberry– are unfiltered and bottle-conditioned for natural carbonation.

     

     

    Maine Mead Works

    Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. Using locally sourced honey, clear, pure water and our own proprietary yeast strain, we blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce distinctive wines at our meadery in downtown Portland, Maine. 

     

     

     

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    The Urban Farm Fermentory is focused on creating fermented products using locally sourced and seasonally available ingredients.

     

  • Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape prepares for winter.

    Moments of internal reflection, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered.

    Please bring your lunch.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle

     

     

  • 27th Annual Apple Day Celebration
    • Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Adult Members: $FREE, Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $7.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

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    PressJoin us for the 27th annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate our historic apple orchards, learn about bees and pollinator habitat and more!

    - Crafts
    - Live music
    - Scavenger Hunt
    - Apple Toss
    - Cider Press
    - Face Painting
    - Live Beehive
    - Learn about bees and pollinators
    - Amazing membership deals!

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Oct 6, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • 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 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.

    This Session:  Owls

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Night Walk
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    • Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    Fall evenings at Fields Pond are magical. Bundle up and join us for a guided exploration of the nocturnal world that most of us never experience. The moon may even make an appearance.

     

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