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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  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22


    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22

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  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Sep 8, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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.

    This Session:  Harvest Moon

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 – Tuesday Oct 21, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Tuesdays, September 9 to October 21, 2014)

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 – Wednesday Oct 22, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Wednesdays, September 10 to October 22, 2014)

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

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Fall Exploration for Kids
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 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.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

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  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Sep 29, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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 different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session:  What is happening in the pond?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Oct 6, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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.

    This Session:  Owls

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Oct 27, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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 different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Where do the birds go?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday Dec 16, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday Dec 17, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

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

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Nov 3, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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.

    This Session:  Bats

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Let Us Be Thankful
    • Saturday Nov 22, 2014 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.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Nov 24, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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 different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: How do bees survive the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Dec 8, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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. This Session:  Night Tree

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Dec 29, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    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 different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Who sleeps in the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Too Cool For School
    • Monday Aug 18, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    It’s hot! Learn how animals keep themselves cool during the hottest days of the summer. We will find the coolest places at Gilsland Farm to play games, make crafts and learn how animals have evolved to ‘stay cool.’ Camp Session (5 days): Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22

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

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Monday Sep 15, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    The summertime is made for getting out into nature! Preschool children, come to a nature-based program with movement, stories, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Caregivers participate too. Please call to register.

  • September
  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Monday Sep 29, 2014 – Monday Nov 10, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Preschoolers with their caregivers, come to a nature-based program with stories, movement, art and an outdoor adventure.

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