Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • 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.

    Walks will be at 7:00AM again beginning in April.

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

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

    No charge for siblings under age two
    Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5

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

  • March
  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip

    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 8:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Previous highlights from here have included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Tufted Duck, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

    There is a Learn the Answers Workshop on March 23 that is highly recommended for anyone coming on this field trip.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Signs of the Seasons Training at Fields Pond

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    • Monday, Mar 27, 2017 4:00pm – 6:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free
    Interested teachers, volunteers, land trust representatives, master naturalists, lake association members, and community leaders are invited to this training that includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the online database hosted by the National Phenology Network.

    please click here for more information on the NEW date!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
      9:15am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
      10:30am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
      1:30pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    DEJUCome join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet 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.

  • Stream Smart Public Presentation
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: East Millinocket Town Hall
    • Free

    Interested in protecting wildlife and improving public safety along the roadways and waterways of your town?  An upcoming presentation in East Millinocket will introduce local residents to Stream Smart, a set of innovative techniques used to replace outdated road-stream crossings with new construction that’s beneficial both to wildlife and human needs.  Rapid snowmelt and severe rainstorms can affect both public safety and wildlife protection along Maine’s roadways, and Stream Smart addresses these common problems. Stream Smart crossings also re-connect stream habitats, opening up passage for aquatic and watershed wildlife, including salmon.  An interactive model stream table will show how stream habitats function and how they interact with road crossings.

    Learn how you can become involved in promoting Stream Smart practices and projects within your local communities.  This is a great educational opportunity for town residents, town administrators and staff, private landowners, foresters, anglers, and members of road and lake associations, land trusts, and watershed groups.  Join us for this interactive presentation!

    Click here for more information on Stream Smart principles.

    To Register, please call Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District at (207) 947-6622 ext. 3 or email Amy Polyot at [email protected]

  • Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop
    • Friday, Mar 31, 2017 8:30am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Maine Lake Science Center
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    Join us for this interactive workshop with two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth, and receive a FREE bird feeder for your classroom. This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats.  Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students!

    two_girls_with_checklists_pointing-300x200The Flying WILD materials built on scientifically sound information, engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. While meeting the needs of the classroom teacher, Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and others. Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

    BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.  From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth provides educators with resources that engage youth in their own investigations!

    Workshop participants will receive Bird Sleuth information, a bird feeder and curriculum materials along with the activity guide, Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which features:

    • 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons
    • Listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
    • Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats.
  • April
  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

  • Teacher Workshop: Bringing Nature Home with Native Plants and Pollinators
    • Friday, Apr 7, 2017 9:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: 25.00

    Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order.

    This workshop is intended for teachers, educators, land trust representatives, and other community leaders who intend to increase the population of native plant, bird, and pollinator species on their schoolyard, land trust, or other community landscape. We will deliver content related to how important these species are and provide strategies for engaging youth and other audiences in the process. 


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  • Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop
    • Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 9:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This in-depth 5-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

    natural curiousGrowing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:

    • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide.
    • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign
    • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
    • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

     

     

     

  • Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Volunteers wanted for a Spring day of service at Fields Pond.  Individuals, families, and groups are all welcome for routine seasonal maintenance and upkeep of our trails, building and grounds.

    All tools and supplies will be provided. Bring your own lunch; snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a service day on a different date.

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Monday, Apr 10, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

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