Camps & Preschool Programs


Preschool Programs are offered throughout the year for children ages 2-5.jumping in line

Summer day camps run throughout the summer at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center (Falmouth) and Fields Pond Audubon Center (Holden) for children age 6-11. We offer unique one and two week sessions that encourage hands-on exploration of the natural world.

Vacation Day Camp is offered during school-vacation weeks in February and April at Gilsland Farm and Fields Pond Audubon Centers for children in grades 1-5. Your child may attend one day or all week! A new nature-based theme is introduced each day.

Financial Aid Available
Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org.

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  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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!

    Themes:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

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

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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!

    Themes:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

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

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

  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5

    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Wednesday Aug 26, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $$40 until Wednesday August 19, after 8/19 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of http://www.advplay.com/ Adventure Play.

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Sep 8, 2015 – Tuesday Dec 15, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $140.00 Child Non-members: $185.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    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!

     Themes include:

    * Monarch Butterflies
    * Falling Leaves
    * An Apple a Day
    * Little Brown Bats
    *How seeds Travel
    * Life in the Pond
    *Hoots in the Night
    *Giving Thanks
    *Animals getting ready for Winter
    * and more!

    *14 Weeks (no class on 11/24)

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

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

     

  • Teaching About Wildlife in Your Backyard
    • Wednesday Sep 16, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $15 - Non-members: $20

    Research shows that experiences with nature everyday help to foster young children’s observation skills, sense of self/place, problem solving skills, and make connections to their worlds. This presentation is designed for anyone interested in attracting wildlife to their yard and sharing the experience with young children. Ample resources, activities and hands-on materials will be available. Light refreshments and snacks provided. 

    Some topics covered:

    • The Unbuilt Playground
    • Ways to foster a Sense of Place
    • How to keep children and wildlife safe
    • What does wildlife need to survive?
    • What to plant?!

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 – Thursday Oct 1, 2015
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $$40 until Thursday September 17, after 9/17 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Exploration at Gilsland Farm
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Join us for a morning of fall crafts, exploration and fun! We will have some time indoors to be creative, learn about why leaves change color and habits of plants and animals in the fall. Then we will head outside to look for signs of fall. Come prepared for the whole family to explore our trails.*  Please bring a snack and appropriate clothing and footwear.

    *No charge for siblings under 2 and maximum of three children

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

    This event is part of the statewide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

    GMOW

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Sep 28, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme:  The pond at night

    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.

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

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

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Oct 26, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: Celebrate the Night

    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.

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

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

  • Giving Thanks
    • Saturday Nov 21, 2015 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Let us come together to celebrate all that nature provides for us. We will learn some Native American traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts.  We will continue the learning and fun outside for the last part of the class.  Please bring a snack and clothes for all participants to enjoy time outside.

    *siblings under 2 are free and maximum of 3 children

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

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Nov 23, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: Beaver Moon

    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.

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

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

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Dec 21, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme:  Solstice Celebration

    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.

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

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

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Thursday Jan 7, 2016 – Thursday Jan 14, 2016
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $$40 until Wednesday December 30, after 12/30 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • July
  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    From the salamanders hiding under logs to squirrels’ nests in trees, we will search high and low for nature’s secrets. Mackworth Island will provide us an additional location to explore one day during this camp session.  Grades K-2 Camp session (5 day) — July 27 through 31 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless …

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  • August
  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Adventures
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Who doesn’t love oceans, ponds, rain and snow?  Come to this week of camp if you love water in all its glorious forms. We will seek out all the aquatic locations of Gilsland Farm and visit Mackworth Island for an ocean study day as well! Camp session (5 day) — August 3 through 7 Camp …

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  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5

    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.   *Drop your child off for this full day program *Pack a …

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  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Friday Aug 14, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats? Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

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  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

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  • Summer Camp: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
    • Monday Aug 17, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-5

    Birds of a feather flock together, colonies of frogs and beavers share ponds, swarms of bees make our honey and schools of fish avoid being eaten by sharks and other predators.  We will learn about these animals and so much more during our last week of camp. Camp session (5 day) — August 17 through …

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    Our vacation camps run during the regular school vacation weeks in February and April.

  • September
  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Wednesday Sep 23, 2015 – Wednesday Nov 4, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55.00 Child Non-members: $65.00
    • Ages 2-4

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Parents and children ages 2 to 4 participate together in a nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Be prepared to be outside for a portion of each program rain or shine.

  • July
  • Natural Expressions – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    This is a fast paced high energy week of ecosystem explorations filled with movement, writing and performance. Guest artists will be sharing their skills with us throughout the week. 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 …

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  • August
  • Landscapes – Nature Camp
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    Young naturalists will practice observing, appreciating and loving their environment like never before. Learn to interpret natural landscapes to determine prior land use. 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. This week …

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    Our vacation camps run during the regular school vacation weeks in February and April.