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: Signs of Winter (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 – Tuesday Mar 17, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00
    • 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!

    Session 1: Signs of Winter

    Themes include:
    * Cozy homes for the winter
    * Animal Signs
    * Winter Birds
    * Winter Adaptations
    * Groundhog’s Day
    * Snow Science
    * and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 2/17)

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

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

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00
    • Ages 3-5

    Theme: The Wonders of Winter

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00
    • Ages 3-5

    Theme: Winter Animal Homes

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

     

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Thursday Feb 19, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00
    • Ages 3-5

    Theme: Winter Birds

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

     

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Nature Explorers: Snow
    • Monday Feb 23, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • 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 2-6

    Theme: How does snow form and how does it help animals survive?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

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

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Nature Explorers: Coming out of Hibernation
    • Monday Mar 30, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: Who is returning/awakening and how can you help them?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

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

    *This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Apr 6, 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: Big 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

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Monday Apr 20, 2015 – Thursday Apr 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $220/wk
    • Ages 3-5

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Monday, April 20 -  Gardening for Wildlife     

    Tuesday, April 21 -  Spring is Awakening

    Wednesday, April 22 -  Earth Day Celebration

    Thursday, April 23 -  Pond Life

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Nature Explorers: Attracting Wildlife to your Yard
    • Monday Apr 27, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • 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 2-6

    Theme: What can you do to Attract Wildlife to your Yard?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

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

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday May 4, 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: Nighttime Garden visitors

    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

  • Nature Explorers: Outside My Window
    • Monday May 18, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • 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: Who is outside my window?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

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

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Jun 1, 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: Pond life 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

  • Nature Explorers: Pollinators
    • Monday Jun 8, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • 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: What can you do for pollinators?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

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

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • February
  • Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
    • Saturday Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday Apr 11, 2015
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Saturdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $225 Child Non-members: $275
    • Grades K-5

    Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades K-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply.  Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.  Of course, all of this serious science …

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  • February Vacation Camp
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 – Friday Feb 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60/day $220/wk Child Non-members: $75/day $280/wk
    • Grades K-5

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).


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  • Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
    • Saturday Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday Apr 11, 2015
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Saturdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $225 Child Non-members: $275
    • Grades K-5

    Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades K-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply.  Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.  Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here.  You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff! Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!

    Sample topics and themes include:

    • Where are they now? – taking a closer look at signs of animals through their tracks, scat and more
    • Backyard birds and plants – signs of the seasons are often told through the actions of birds and plants; what are we seeing and what does that mean?
    • Big Night -- Vernal pools and nocturnal creatures have important roles in the ecosystem, come learn about the journey salamanders and bats are a part of
    • Habitat Connections – looking at the importance of habitat through maps to define helpful links for wildlife

    This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors.  The program runs from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Saturdays.

  • April
  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday Apr 20, 2015 – Friday Apr 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60/day $280/wk Child Non-members: $75/day $355/ wk
    • Grades K-5

    We welcome all campers from kindergarten through fifth grade!  Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days.
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  • February
  • Nature Time: Winter Session
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 – Monday Feb 23, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $30.00 Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in winter is a wonderful, mysterious time. Preschool children, come to our nature-based program with stories, creative play, and art projects. Caregivers participate too. We’ll be outside for a portion of each program, be prepared!  

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for some fun in the snow (if no snow, we’re still a go!). We will have snowshoes available for exploring our fields and trails, sleds for playing, some ice on our frog pond to explore and warm drinks inside. The Maine Discovery Museum will be joining us for  hands-on science and art projects. …

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  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 – Friday Feb 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed each day with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural …

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