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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
    • Tuesday Apr 1, 2014 – Tuesday Jun 3, 2014
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Every Tuesday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $130
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of seasonal, playful activities designed to encourage fun, self-discovery, confidence and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    This is a 9-week session, no class on April 22nd.

    Siblings under age two of a registered child are free.
    Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Apr 2, 2014 – Wednesday Jun 4, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every Wednesday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $130
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of seasonal, playful activities designed to encourage fun, self-discovery, confidence and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    This is a 9-week session.  No class on April 23rd.

    Siblings under age two of a registered child are free.

    Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Thursday Apr 24, 2014 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $55
    • Ages 3-5

    Theme: What’s happening in the pond?

    Join us during April vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Participants will bring their own snack and lunch.


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  • Good Night, Nature
    • Tuesday May 13, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • 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, create art and have a snack before you head home to sleep.

    Registration encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • 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, create art and have a snack before you head home to sleep.

    Registration encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jun 23, 2014 – Monday Jul 14, 2014
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Every Monday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $50
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, June 23 – July 14, 9:15 am – 10:15 am)

    *Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jun 23, 2014 – Monday Jul 14, 2014
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Every Monday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $50
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, June 23 – July 14, 10:30 am – 11:30 am)

    *Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 – Thursday Jul 3, 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)
    June 24 – July 3

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 – Thursday Jul 3, 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)
    June 24 – July 3

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $145 Child Non-members: $195
    • 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)
    June 25 – July 2 (no class Friday, July 4th)

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $140
    • 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)
    June 25 – July 2 (no class July 4th)

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  • Explorers: Habitat!
    • Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $265 Child Non-members: $305
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will learn how plants and animals meet their basic needs in different habitats. We will explore forest, salt marsh, pond and meadow and begin to foster and understanding of biological diversity.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

     


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  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday Jul 24, 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)
    July 15 – July 24

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday Jul 24, 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)
    July 15 – July 24

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 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)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 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)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Monday Aug 18, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every Monday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $50
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

    *Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $265 Child Non-members: $305
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

    Learn more

  • 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

    Learn more

  • 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


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  • 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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  • June
  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jun 23, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $320 Child Non-members: $360
    • Ages 6-7

    There are secrets hiding in every corner of the Earth! In this 8-day summer camp session, campers will uncover the mysteries of wildlife by rolling over logs, examining tree cavities and playing educational games in the forst habitat. Camp Session (8 days): Week One: Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27 Week Two: Monday, June …

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  • July
  • Summer Camp: Nature Myth Busters
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    Why do bees sting and skunks smell bad? We will dive into nature’s mysteries using our investigative skills and learn about mammals, insects, plants and more! Campers will develop critical thinking skills to understand animal adaptation and behavior. Camp Session (5 days): Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11

  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 8-10

    We will explore Gilsland Farm to learn about the circles of life that exist in nature. From the water cycle and metamorphosis to dissecting owl pellets, campers will get a close-up look at the life cycles that make nature go ‘round. Camp Session (5 days): Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

  • Summer Camp: Wonderful Water
    • Monday Jul 21, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 9-11

    Why do all animals and plants need water? Campers will learn all about water and how to keep our water resources clean and healthy for the future. We will search for bullfrogs, cool down with water games and explore the wonderfully watery and wild places at Gilsland Farm and beyond. Camp Session (5 days): Monday, …

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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $400 Child Non-members: $440
    • Ages 6-9

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us. Camp Session (2 weeks): Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1 Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Aug 11, 2014 – Friday Aug 15, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $220
    • Ages 6-7

    Campers will explore the ponds, meadows, forests and salt marsh in search of creatures of all sizes. We will play fun and educational animal-themed games. Camp Session (5 days): Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15

  • 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

  • April
  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Thursday
    • Thursday Apr 24, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75
    • Grades 1-5

    Theme: Animals on the Move

    Learn about animals that migrate and travel great distances. Learn why they leave, where they go and how they survive as we enjoy our migration obstacle course, butterfly catching game and other activities.
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  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Friday
    • Friday Apr 25, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75
    • Grades 1-5

    Theme: Raptors, Reptiles and Mammals

    Join us for a live animal program in the morning and learn fascinating facts about birds, reptiles, mammals and other critters.
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  • March
  • Nature Time: Spring Session
    • Monday Mar 31, 2014 – Monday May 12, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $60.00
    • Ages 2-4

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as life begins to emerge from the cold. Parents with preschoolers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Parents participate, too. Be prepared to be outside for a portion of each program. Please call 989-2591 to register.

  • July
  • Water World
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $250
    • Ages 6-12

    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 …

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  • EcoExplorers
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $250
    • Ages 6-12

    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 …

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  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    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 …

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