Nature Time: Spring Session

Posted on: Friday, December 21st, 2012

Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as life begins to emerge from the cold. Parents with children ages 2 to 4, come to our springtime nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Parents take part too. Prepare to venture outside and be nature detectives for a part of each program. Continue reading

The Big and Small of It All

Posted on: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.



Epic Journeys: Tracking the Migration of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere

Posted on: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Workshop on same day

Shawn will be teaching a photography workshop, “Photographing Birds and other Wildlife in New England and beyond. Where, When and How“, earlier on this day.

By Shawn Carey and Jim Grady (Migration Productions)

Each year millions of shorebirds make an amazing round-trip journey between the Northern and Southern hemisphere. Migration Productions’ newest video, “Epic Journeys”, looks at three shorebird species—red knot, piping plover and semipalmated sandpiper—and the challenges these species face during each of their monumental annual treks. Continue reading

Photographing Birds and Wildlife in New England and Beyond

Posted on: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Green heron © Shawn Carey

Presented by Shawn Carey of Migration Productions and Photography Instructor

Photographing birds and wildlife has become increasingly popular over the last ten years with vast improvements in digital technology. Challenges may include such questions as where do you photograph birds, when do you photograph them and how do you photograph birds? Continue reading

Water World

Posted on: Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Water will drive our adventures this week, steering us into motion on a global and local level. Activate your body and mind as we take it outside to explore the properties of our watershed and assess its value as an important part of our wonderful world. Experience your journey as a drop of water, a frog in a pond, and a fish in the river. Enjoy visits from guest scientists dedicating their time to improving water quality for all living things.
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A Date With Wildlife

Posted on: Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Have a fun night at Gilsland Farm while adults enjoy a night out on the town. We’ll make pizza and play nature games, do crafts, activities, and some safe outdoor exploration. Kids may come in outdoor friendly pajamas!

Please download & fill out the PDF form below – You must bring this to the program! 

Required form:
Medical Form & Indemnification – [pdf]

Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite by Tom Wessels

Posted on: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Wessels tracks the unique lichen and shrub ecology of granite mountains that exists in Acadia and Yosemite National Parks, as well as the White Mountains, Adirondacks, Wind Rivers, Beartooths, and Enchantments. A natural history in the best tradition, describing how geology, plant community interactions, environmental forces, and human history are all interrelated.

Leader: Joyce Rumery


Winter Writing Workshop on the Penobscot River

Posted on: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Exercise your head and your body with a writing workshop paired with a nature walk. Join Cheryl Daigle and Holly Twining as they explore the winter landscape of the Penobscot River and what river restoration will mean to fish, wildlife and human communities through writing exercises and field observations.

Cheryl is the community liaison and outreach coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and her writing has appeared in Orion magazine and numerous wildlife and conservation publications. Holly, a naturalist with Maine Audubon, will guide the walk.


Winter Ecology Walk

Posted on: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

How do animals cope and adapt to this challenging time of the year? We will visit a deer wintering area and learn how the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife monitors winter conditions and what that means to survival of deer. Prepare for cold and snow. We’ll take a moderate walk on and off trail.

Presenter: Lee Kantar, biologist with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


Wild Bird Feeding 101

Posted on: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Jason Harris, sales manager with Kent Nutrition Group, the parent company of Blue Seal Feeds will lead a presentation on the common species of birds that winter feed in Maine. He will discuss different song birds’ habits and habitats. Seed mixes and various feeders to accommodate the different mixes will be covered. There will be a short bird ID session.