Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 – Thursday, Aug 28, 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.

  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday, Aug 30, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    Female Red-winged blackbird © Mary Holland

    Join us each Saturday 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.

  • 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.

  • Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 – Monday, Sep 1, 2014
      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

    Discover 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.

     

  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 – Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    The 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.

     

  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Friday, Aug 1, 2014
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

     

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Friday, Aug 8, 2014
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $400, Child Non-members: $440

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us.

    Camp Session (2 weeks):

    • Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
    • Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
  • Family Fun
    • Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Monday, Aug 18, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Every Monday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $50

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

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

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

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

  • July
  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Experience the marsh from a fish eye view. We will catch some marsh fish, the mummichog, andMummichogs in Tank
    get an up close look at the world in which they live. In addition to these hands-on activities, the children will do a craft project.

     

     

  • Astronomy Canoe Tour
    • Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. As we paddle along the Dunstan River he will point out astronomical features. We will view the stars and planets while enjoying the sights and sounds of the salt marsh in the evening. Once the canoe tour has returned to the Nature Center, participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope on the back deck.

    Please arrive no later than 7:00 pm.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • August
  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    beautiful bird captured by Jerry Smith
    • Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 7:00am – 8:30am
    • 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.

    Donations welcome.

  • Natural Expressions
    birches by Renee Stupak
    • Monday, Aug 4, 2014 – Friday, Aug 8, 2014
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . . Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring. Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website. What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! Let all of Fields Pond be your muse as we couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through an amazing week looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday, Aug 4, 2014 – Monday, Sep 15, 2014
      10:00am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00

    The summertime is made for getting out into nature! Preschool children, come to a nature-based program with movement, stories, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Caregivers participate too. Please call to register.

  • Scarborough Marsh Fundraiser – Romeo’s Pizza
    • Monday, Aug 4, 2014 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.

    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.

  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 – Friday, Aug 8, 2014
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $265, Child Non-members: $305

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

    Learn more

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

  • Making the Most out of Maine’s Backyard Gardens: A Naturalist’s View
    • Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Location: Maine Historical Society
    • Free

    Baltimore OriolePresented in partnership with Maine Historical Society (MHS).

    This garden lecture takes place at MHS, 489 Congress Street, Portland.

    How have Maine gardens changed over time? One way is the many invasive species that have entered Maine over the past decades, altering our landscapes and forcing plant species, wildlife, and humans to adapt.

    Maine Audubon’s Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, joins us to talk about the history of changes to our backyard gardens, and how we can best plan for and create beneficial garden environments that attract the right kinds of creatures–including birds, favorable insects, and other wildlife. Join us for this walk-and-talk workshop in one of the loveliest garden spots in Portland.

  • Nighttime Paddle
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    • Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip.

    Please call to register.

     

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the world of birds through interactive activities, crafts and observation. Children will soar like an osprey or catch fish like a cormorant or heron. We will also go for a walk at the marsh and observe the many birds that are migrating through Maine’s largest salt marsh. This program will allow children to learn about the marsh and the birds that live here while having fun and interacting with this special environment.

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.  Astronomer Bernie Reims will be joining us as a special guest for the evening pointing out the stars and planets.

    Arrive no later than 7:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100.

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