Events & Programs


  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday, Dec 16, 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 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday, Dec 17, 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 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

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

  • November
  • Nature Explorers
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    • Monday, Nov 24, 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: How do bees survive the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Survival in the Forest
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    • Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Tom Copeland will lead a walk and demonstrate many techniques of survival in the Maine woods. He will teach what is edible, how to make a shelter, build a fire, and more!

    This program takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly (warm coats, boots, etc). 

     

  • December
  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
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    • Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
      12:00pm
    • 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 Walks
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    • Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday, Mar 5, 2015
      8:00am
    • 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.

  • Member Double Discount & Annual Penobscot Valley Chapter Holiday Party
    • Friday, Dec 5, 2014 1:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Come and enjoy shopping in our nature store – receive 20% off (with the exception of binoculars). Then join the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon for the annual holiday party to indulge in “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, along with an assortment of party beverages.

    The winning bidders in PVC’s Online Auction can pick up and pay for their items, and additional items will be available at the party for silent auction bidding and for the ever-popular Yankee Auction (all bids $1, but cumulative). As in previous years, members are invited to present 10-15 of their favorite nature or travel photos from 2014 (digital format or 35-mm carousel slides).

    Member Double Discount, 1-6 p.m.

    Holiday Party, 6-8 p.m.

  • Nature Time Drop In
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    • Monday, Dec 8, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Try out our a Nature Time Drop In adventure to keep your preschoolers entertained before the official winter session. Come and enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Dec 8, 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:  Night Tree

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Randy Spencer – Guide, Author, Song Writer
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    • Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Come to a marvelous evening for all with story and song. Randy Spencer is a Master Maine Guide based out of the Maine town of Grand Lake Stream. In addition to being a guide, he is a freelance writer, a songwriter, and a voiceover artist. In 2008, Yankee Magazine named Spencer one of the “25 People You Need to Meet Most This Summer.”

    Co-sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter.

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
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    • Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 8:00am – 9:30am
    • 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.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Wilderness First Aid
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    • Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 – Monday, Dec 15, 2014
      3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $155.

    What do you do when there is no 911? SOLO’S Wilderness First Aid course is designed for guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators, and anyone who works or plays in the outdoors.

    The 16-hour course covers the identification, prevention and treatments of the most common emergencies and injuries we experience in the back-country. The course uses the experiential learning model, with a focus on hands-on work and scenarios, to promote critical thinking and problem-solving during chaotic, emergent situations.

    Wilderness First Aid is a two-year certification and can be used to rectify Wilderness First Responders or as CEUs for professionals. SOLO is based out of Conway, NH.

    Saturday, December 13, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Please register online www.fieldspondwfa.eventbrite.com. Use the code Fieldspondmember for 15% off the cost of the course.

    Instructor: Jeremy Robichaud, Registered Maine Guide, Director of Adventure Recreation at the Bangor YMCA

  • Eyes On Owls: Three Shows
    • Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 10:30am – 4:15pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $10.00
      Adult Non-members: $15.00, Child Non-members: $10.00

    Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species. People of all ages love this show – come get close and personal with live owls!
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  • Investigate Winter: Trees, Lichen, Insects and More…
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    • Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    Enjoy six Maine Master Naturalists as they share their specialties and take you on a spectacular journey through the winter landscape.

    Presenters: Grace Bartlett, Clare Cole, Joe Morse, Sally Jones, Gerry Sawyer, Connie Tuller

     

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