Events & Programs


  • 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.

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday, Aug 4, 2014 – Monday, Sep 15, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • 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.

  • September
  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
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    • Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
      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

  • Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins: A Story of Extinction & Survival
    • Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5.00

    Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society Present:

    Passenger Pigeon, Jada Fitch.

    Passenger Pigeon, Jada Fitch.

    Passenger Pigeons, Puffins & Plovers: A Story of Extinction & Survival

    September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last surviving Passenger Pigeon. The Passenger Pigeon’s population in 1814 was estimated to be 3.5 billion. There are countless first- person stories about skies turning black with pigeons in the nineteenth century. Why did such an abundant species go extinct in less than one hundred years?

    Learn why this bird went extinct, what other wildlife we lost over the past 100 years and what you can do today to protect endangered species. You will also learn about successful comeback stories like the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagle. What are our endangered species today? Learn what actions you can take to ensure that our wildlife species are here for generations to come.

    Free for members of Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society.

    • $5 general admission.
    • Cash bar and light food.
    • Come see a Passenger Pigeon mount from Maine Audubon’s collections!

    All participants receive a Passenger Pigeon origami to fold! Learn more at Fold the Flock.

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  • Mushrooming Workshop
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    • Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $17.00 - Non-members: $22.00

    Join the Mushroom Maineiac, David Spahr, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase.

    Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

    Please call to register.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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.

    Arrive no later than 6:00

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

  • Nighttime Paddle
    • Monday, Sep 8, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00
    • Children under 10 free

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard or, rent one of our canoes.

    Please call to register.

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Sep 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:  Harvest Moon

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Sep 8, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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.

    Arrive no later than 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Fun
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    • Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 – Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140

    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 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Tuesdays, September 9 to October 21, 2014)

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
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    • Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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.

    Arrive no later than 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Fun
    signs of fall
    • Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 – Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
      10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140

    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 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Wednesdays, September 10 to October 22, 2014)

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

  • Raptor Identification
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    • Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    With our annual Hawk Watch right around the corner, join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist, as he prepares you for the fall migration of hawks. Near or far, raptors can be an identification challenge. Doug will explain techniques for identifying hawks, eagles, and falcons by size, color, and gestalt. We will also look at how weather and timing play important roles in a productive day hawk-watching.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Galapagos by Henry Nicholls
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    • Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free

    The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to exotic creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. Henry Nicholls offers a lively history of the archipelago, charting its evolution from deserted wilderness to scientific resource and global ecotourism hot spot.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

     

     

     

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