Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Family Discovery Series: Fall Reading Rambles
    • Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 – Saturday, Dec 17, 2016
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Our family reading rambles enable people of all ages to get outdoors and experience natural settings while enjoying wonderful children’s literature. Kelly Davis will be reading and leading enchanting walks along Fields Pond trails featuring a seasonal title from Usborne Books each month, which will be available for purchase.

    Saturday, October 22 10-11am
    Secrets of the Apple Tree, by A. Nassner

    Saturday, November 19 10-11am
    Waiting for Winter, by S. Maschenmoser

    Saturday, December 17 10-11am
    Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

    No advance registration is required, drop ins welcome!

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 – Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, November 2 – December 21

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

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 – Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    DEJUCome join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations. Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome… we will learn from each other.

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

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Walks will start at 8am beginning on December 1st.

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • December
  • Eyes On Owls: Three Shows 2016
    • Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 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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  • Cold Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Adult Members: $7.00, Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    December features the Cold Moon.

    The approaching Winter Solstice will become crystal clear as we watch the Cold Moon rise. Snowshoes will be available if needed or bring your own.

  • Winter Solstice Celebration
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    • Friday, Dec 16, 2016 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: $5 members/$7 nonmembers

    Join Maine Audubon and Evelyn Rysdyk and Allie Knowlton from Spirit Passages to honor nature by celebrating the Winter Solstice. We will have storytelling by Margi Huber, rituals from around the world, a fire ceremony, and more. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

    Registration is not required.

  • The Night Tree: Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Night TreeJoin us for a family-oriented celebration of nature in winter as we recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story The Night Tree.  We’ll decorate our own night trees to share with Maine’s winter wildlife.

    Come relax and spend time with your loved ones on the longest night of the year.  Warm cider awaits!

    Advance registration is recommended.  Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

     

    Note: peanut products will be present during this event.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: The Making of a Children’s Wildlife Book Series
    • Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to make a great kid’s book, bring your questions to this Speaker Series event.

    wildlifeonthemoveJoin Maine author and children’s book editor Melissa Kim as she leads a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a successful children’s book series. She’ll discuss how the team behind the Wildlife on the Move children’s books balanced compelling stories with real science and how they emphasized the message that people can help protect wildlife. Plus naturalists and educators will be on hand to share their insights about books they’ve seen inspire families and classrooms.

    Q & A and book signing to follow.  Maine Audubon’s retail store will stay open late for last-minute gift shopping.  Dessert goodies and hot beverages are included.

    ***Please Note — This event is designed for aspiring book authors, parents, and people generally interested in the process of children’s book creation, it is not likely to be of interest to most kids.

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    Maine Magazine is the media sponsor of the Maine Audubon Speaker Series.
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  • January
  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (9:15am Tuesdays)
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    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      9:15am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (10:30am Tuesdays)
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    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      10:30am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


    Learn more

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 – Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
      10:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, January 11 – February 15

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

  • Winter Ecology Talk
    Snowy Owl (Doug Hitchcox)
    • Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 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.

  • Guided Full Moon Snowshoe
    • Friday, Jan 13, 2017 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Adult Members: $7.00, Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Come roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the full Wolf Moon, followed by a hot drink back at the Center to warm up. Join us for a little exercise, natural history and great company. We have snowshoes to rent or bring your own.

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Decades of Change
    • Friday, Jan 20, 2017 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a discussion about how Maine’s bird life has changed over the past century. Do you remember when Red-bellied Woodpeckers were rare? Or when Evening Grosbeaks used to come to your feeders by the hundreds? How about the first time you saw a cardinal or vulture in Maine? Learn about these changes and why they’ve occurred in this evening slide show and lecture.

  • Family Discovery Series: Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $$20/family

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape has prepared for winter.

    Observation, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered. This program is intended for families to discover and learn together.

    Leader: Registered Maine Guide P. Daniel Ryan

     

     

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