Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 – Thursday, Mar 24, 2016
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    Swamp Sparrow - Doug Hitchcox

    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.

    The walk on January 21st had to be cancelled. Sorry! See you next week.

    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.

  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 – Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016
      9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $140.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    Do you find it hard to get outside in the winter with young children? 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. Through self-directed free-play, interactive group time, a theme related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will explore the wonders our Maine winter. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter
    • Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 – Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: $70member/$105nonmember per family

    Do you find it hard to get outside in the winter time with young children? 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, theme related crafts, and outdoor exploration, you and your child will explore the wonders of winter in Maine. Come prepared to adventure outside! Themes include:
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  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 – Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
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    Come join the new Nature Tuesday Group! We will meet each week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and learn from each other. Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome.

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

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.

  • Afternoon Art Classes at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 – Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
      1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Saturdays in February
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00
    • 20.00 materials fee

    Fields Pond will be hosting afternoon art classes on Saturdays in February. Four consecutive weeks of small group instruction led by local artist Jose Perez will surely satisfy your cabin fever. Come meet new people and get connected. All levels welcome. Materials fee includes all supplies needed for class. Spaces are sure to fill fast so register now!

     

  • February
  • Nature & Birding Talks: Winter Ecology
    • Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Did you ever wonder what happens to Maine’s wildlife in winter? Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will explain the mystery of wildlife winter survival mechanisms and share some compelling stories.

  • Book Discussion Group: February
    • Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Joyce Rumery has been leading this book discussion group for many years. All are welcomed and encouraged to discover the satisfaction of reading and sharing with others. Feed your mind and soul at the Orono Library on the second Thursday of each month*. New participants are always welcome.

    February 11

    Potter, Jennifer. Seven Flowers: and how they shaped our world. 2014 320p.

    For Potter, the seven flowers in this book share “a complex and contrary history” from the tulip used as a tool for financial speculation to the sunflower, whose stature put it out of favor with gardeners while inspiring artists and writers.

     

  • Naturalist Series: Winter Ecology
    • Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Did you ever wonder what happens to Maine’s wildlife in winter? Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will explain the mystery of wildlife winter survival mechanisms and share some compelling stories.

  • Winter Bird-feeding Workshop
    • Friday, Feb 12, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00
    • Materials: $10.00 payable night of program

    Bring your sweetheart or bring your own sweet self to an informational and fun program to learn about the selection, proper care and maintenance of bird feeders to make your backyard the center of attraction. We’ll even make feeders to take home just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb.12-15. $10 materials fee payable at program will include all supplies needed to construct your feeder.

  • “Bird Identification Made Easy!” by Bob Duchesne
    • Friday, Feb 12, 2016 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Grand Lake Stream School Building, 15 Water Street, Grand Lake Stream
    • Free

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    The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to be hosting a “Winter Birding Weekend,” celebrating the Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists!

    On Friday, February 12, join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust as we introduce the Great Backyard Bird Count with a special program led by renowned birder and founder of the Maine Birding Trail, Bob Duchesne. After a brief introduction to the Great Backyard Bird Count, Mr. Duchesne will lead a presentation entitled, “Bird Identification Made Easy.” Learn the many tricks of the birding trade to help identify the numerous species that might arrive in your backyard!

    Here is a sample list of birds in the Downeast Lakes region – DLLT Bird Checklist.

    For more information, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

  • Winter Bird Walk – Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Fundy Audubon
    • Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Grand Lake Stream School Building, 15 Water Street, Grand Lake Stream
    • Free

    Snow Bunting

    The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to be hosting a “Winter Birding Weekend,” celebrating the Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists!

    On Saturday, February 13, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Fundy Chapter of Maine Audubon are leading a “Winter Bird Walk” in Grand Lake Stream, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will be reporting all sightings and bird activity to the Great Backyard Bird Count to support this international event. Come out to support citizen science, meet experienced birders, and enjoy the mid-winter beauty of the Downeast Lakes region.

    This walk is for people of all ages and skill levels and birdwatchers should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 8 am.

    For more information, please contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207)796-2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    Winter Kids OutsideJoin us for a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7/general admission

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs and citizen science projects
    • Music, refreshments & more!

    Maine Audubon’s Winter Carnival is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Family Snowshoe
    • Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: 20.00member/25.00 nonmember per family

    Family Snowshoe 2Snowshoeing allows families to have an adventure in nature no matter what the weather brings. Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond, searching for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace, all ages welcome. Snowshoes available to rent.

    The Family Snowshoe is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 – Thursday, Feb 18, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Tuesday

    Snow Science – We will explore the world of snow and ice in the field, forest and streams. We will make our own crystals and discover the insulating power of snow while learning how life on earth survives and thrives when it is cold.

    Wednesday

    Travel and Survival in Nature - Fly, hop and crawl your way through the grounds at Fields Pond while learning how seeds and animals move. Campers will perform hands-on experiments to discover how plants and animals survive the Maine winter.

    Thursday

    Winter Birds - Which birds will we find at our feeders and in the forest this time of year? Join us as we observe Maine’s winter birds and their habitat. We will dissect owl pellets, make bird feeders participate in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Tuesday
    • Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $40.00, Child Non-members: $55.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Tuesday

    Snow Science – We will explore the world of snow and ice in the field, forest and streams. We will make our own crystals and discover the insulating power of snow while learning how life on earth survives and thrives when it is cold.

     

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)

    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 – Friday, Feb 19, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $220, Child Non-members: $280

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).


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  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Tuesday)

    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $60, Child Non-members: $75

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).


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