Events & Programs

  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    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 No class on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday, Mar 5, 2015
      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 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.

    There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.

  • Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 – Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
    Family fun picture of mystery animal viewing

    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!

    Session 1: Signs of Winter

    Themes include:
    * Cozy homes for the winter
    * Animal Signs
    * Winter Birds
    * Winter Adaptations
    * Groundhog’s Day
    * Snow Science
    * and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 2/17)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • January
  • Wings of Winter Field Trip
    Wings of Winter

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

    • Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Greater Portland Area
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $40

    This annual field trip explores several of greater Portland’s birding hot spots.

    Starting at Back Cove, we will scan for waterfowl, then work our way around the East End to Portland’s waterfront to check the congregations of gulls for unusual species, including: Iceland, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed. From there we will cross the bridge to Willard Beach and work our way along the Cape Elizabeth shore to Portland Head Light, Two Lights State Park and Kettle Cove (time and weather permitting).

    Expect to see loons, grebes, Great Cormorant, at least eight duck species, and other seabirds. Luck may turn up a Barrow’s Goldeneye, Brant or possibly a King Eider.

    Information packet: Wings of Winter 2015 pdf

  • Scat and Tracks
    Gudrun out tracking

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

    • Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Scat and Tracks has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 7, 1-3pm.

    Enjoy an afternoon exploration of animal scat and tracks that critters leave behind. Participants will learn to find and identify tracks, reading the stories they tell.  A limited supply of snowshoes are available. Please bring your own if you have them. Leader: Gudrun Keszoecze, Naturalist, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

  • February
  • Nature Time: Winter Session
    enjoying the snow
    • Monday, Feb 2, 2015 – Monday, Feb 23, 2015
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $30.00, Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in winter is a wonderful, mysterious time. Preschool children, come to our nature-based program with stories, creative play, and art projects. Caregivers participate too.

    We’ll be outside for a portion of each program, be prepared!


  • Moonlit Snowshoe Hike
    • Monday, Feb 2, 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    Roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the moon. Enjoy a hot drink back in the center to warm up.

  • Outdoors with Kids: Winter Wonderland
    • Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $15.00, Child Non-members: $20.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Come celebrate the Snow Full Moon with indoor activities and a walk on the trails. We will spend the first part of the evening inside learning about where snow comes from and how it helps animals survive. We will then head outside to explore by moonlight and reconvene inside to enjoy a snack and hot beverage together.

    Please come prepared for all members of your family to walk the trails, including traction devices (recommended) for boots and flashlights/headlamps (which hopefully we won’t need!).

    Space is limited. Registration is required for this event. This event is part of our new series with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is required for this event. Call by 4:30pm on Tuesday February 3 to see if there is space for a drop-in.



  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • Nature Yoga For Families
    abby head 5 shot yoga winter 2015
    • Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00 or Drop in $15, Child Non-members: $15.00 or Drop in $20
    • Members $5 additional child Nonmembers $10 additional child

    February’s theme:  Celebrate mid-winter

    We invite you and your young family to our new Nature Yoga For Families series. We will use a unique combination of storytelling, yoga postures and movement to keep you engaged. All you need to bring is your imagination! Come early or stay late to play in our Discovery room, visit our Nature store and bring a snack to enjoy.

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

    Instructor: Abby Brennan. Abby also teaches at Greener Postures, Maine Yoga Kids, Riverbend Yoga and Jade Integrated Health.


  • Winter Writing Workshop: What Would a Bear Write?
    • Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Explore your inner bear through poetry and short-story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal-loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.

    Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer and conservationist


  • Yoga & Nature
    • Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a winter yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We’ll also get outside and enjoy some snowshoeing.

    Warm soup and hot drinks will be available. Bring extra clothing for the outdoors and snowshoes if you have them.

  • Prepping for the Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this annual citizen science project. This year’s count takes place February 13-16, 2015.


  • Naturalist Forum – The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco
    • Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    DEJUThis film was screened recently at the joint meeting of the American Ornithologist’s Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society.  It has received outstanding reviews and in July, it won first place in the non-commercial film division and was named “Film of the Year” at the 30th annual Animal Behavior Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. This amazing film captures the beauty of the bird while offering fascinating details on biology and natural history.  If you think the Junco is a common bird and you don’t give it a second thought- well, you won’t make that mistake again!

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager
    book group
    • Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free

    A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come. Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an ice-free Arctic.

    Events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years are considered in this fascinating book.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

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