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 [email protected].

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  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday Jun 7, 2016
      9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $110.00 Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Native Plants Festival & Pollinator Parade
    • Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $FREE (parking pass required for morning, see below)
    • All ages

    Our first annual spring celebration of Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home initiative, featuring a festival and parade for families with young children in the morning followed by afternoon plant sale and seed sowing workshops.  Other partner organizations, as well as students from King Middle School, will be there throughout the day sharing their related work and resources.

    Festival Schedule

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, information tables, and more (see parking information below)
    11:30 am – Second Annual Pollinator Parade
    1:00 – 4:00 pm – Native Plant Sale workshops and community resources and information tables
    1:00 – 2:00 pm Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project
    2:30 – 3:30 pm – Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project

    ablandingsturtlestorywebWe’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Blanding Turtle’s Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park during the morning activities. There are only a limited number of parking passes available, so pre-purchase of parking is required. To buy a parking pass, please click the “Register Now” button below. 

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep attendance at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!

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    This program and Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home project are generously funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.

     

    Participating organizations:

    Refreshments graciously provided by Bru-Thru Coffee Shack

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  • Good Night, Nature (May)
    • Monday May 23, 2016 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
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Theme: Little Quack’s Bedtime

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about Mama Duck helping Little Quack and his brothers and sisters not be scared of the dark and go to sleep. 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.

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday Jun 30, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 4-5

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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 II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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

  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *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 Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    * The Pond

    * Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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

  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • June
  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Friday Jul 1, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720
    • Grades K-5

    Join us for a two week adventure where campers will discover the lay of the land of Gilsland Farm, Scarborough Marsh and Mackworth Island!  We will uncover the mysteries of how animals travel from habitat to habitat and how we fit into their world!  Come explore with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games! Camp session …

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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday Jun 30, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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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  • July
  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 4-5

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.   *Drop your …

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  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about …

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  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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 II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet! Camp session (5 days) — July …

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  • August
  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!   *Drop your child off for this …

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  • Summer Camp: Buzz-worthy Wildlife
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 19, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720
    • Grades K-5

    Whats all the buzz about!  We are going nuts about growing native and learning about pollinators and the species that they help.  Come join us in this two week series and we will take a trip on the bus to the Farmers Market in Portland to see all the local foods and goods produced by …

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  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • 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: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session! Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26 Camp programs run …

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  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.   *Drop your child off for this full day program *Pack a …

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

    Sorry, our preschool programs are either all full, or, not available at this time.

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