Events & Programs: Fields Pond


216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • March
  • Signs of the Seasons Training
    • Monday Mar 30, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Signs of the Seasons is a citizen science program that trains volunteers to observe and record phenology, which is the timing of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Program training includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted.

    Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in their own backyard, schoolyard or other community location. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

    Please register online or call FPAC at 989-2591.

    Visit http://umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/  for more information on the Signs of the Seasons program or e-mail questions to Elissa Koskela elissa.koskela@maine.edu.

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program in partnership with: the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Audubon, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, University of New Hampshire Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine.

    Monarch Photo by Gene Nieminen, US Fish and Wildlife

  • Night Sounds
    • Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Come and enjoy the nature center grounds as darkness descends. We’ll hope to hear amphibians, owls, and woodcock.

    Wear footwear suitable for wet, muddy conditions.

  • April
  • Wild Theatre
    • Saturday Apr 4, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $20.00

    Kids, come and enjoy nature with a theatrical twist! Parents will drop off their young actors and budding naturalists to rehearse a short play with playwright Travis Baker. An outdoor exploration will be a fun break in the theatrics. Parents return (bring more family and friends) to watch the performance.

    For all ages, no experience necessary.

  • Nature Poetry Reading
    • Tuesday Apr 7, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, join word enthusiasts at the nature center for an evening of poetry. Share your favorite nature or environmental poem. Your poem could be obscure, well-known, or one you wrote yourself.

    If you prefer, just come to listen to the beauty of poetry about nature.

    Leader: Christina Diebold

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Thursday Apr 9, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

    Tracing the evolution of extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines to provide a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Wild Poetry: a nature writing workshop
    • Saturday Apr 11, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month! Set your imagination free and explore the wonders of nature.

    Enjoy an outdoor adventure, hear great poetry (bring a favorite sample), write your own poetry, and share your writing and/or art.

     

  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Apr 13, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Try out a terrific program made especially for preschoolers and their parents before the official spring session of Nature Time. Come and enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.

     

  • Penobscot Valley Stargazers: Presentation and Stargazing
    • Monday Apr 13, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Enjoy a presentation and then get outdoors to take a close look at the stars with the Penobscot Valley Stargazers.

    Lucy Albert, guest from the Acadia Astronomical Society, will presentJames Webb Space Telescope – Update on the Next Space Telescope.

     

  • Homeschool Field Trip
    • Friday Apr 17, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00
    • Siblings half-price

    Earth Stewards Activate!

    Homeschool scholars ages 7-12 are invited to a daylong expedition of art and science with Lead Educator Cyndi Kuhn. Scholars will be challenged and engaged in high quality outdoor and conservation education intended to enhance your family’s current curricula. The group will be learning new material as well as applying their existing knowledge about our wonderful world.

    This is an outdoor day filled with a morning session of collecting information followed by lunch and downtime. In the afternoon we return to the field to express and apply our learning in creative ways. Drop off only. Bring lunch, snack and water bottle.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Apr 18, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • Spring Work Party
    • Saturday Apr 18, 2015 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small.

    Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action.

    Lunch will be served or bring your own. Please call 989-2591 for details or if you’re group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party in March or May.

  • April Vacation Camp: Solutions never seemed so sweet
    • Wednesday Apr 22, 2015 – Friday Apr 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00

    Join us for outdoor exploration, play and all around fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world as problem solvers. Choose to come for one or both days.

    Wednesday – Earth Day Celebration. Learn a brief history of Earth Day and come celebrate all the great solutions happening on our planet right now!

    Friday – Nature Bound. Enjoy a day long expedition filled with outdoor exploration and play while learning how to solve problems as a team.

     

  • Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine Presents: Adventures in Baxter State Park and the Maine Woods Initiative
    • Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Peter Roderick who was recently awarded the title, “Mr. AMC” will share some winter adventures in Baxter State Park and tell us about AMC’s 67,000 acre Maine Woods Initiative.  Members of the MWI committee as well as staff from the Greenville office will be present to answer questions.

    AMC has created a place of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land in the 100 mile wilderness, the last really wild stretch of the Appalachian Trail before Katahdin. A partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski.

    6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. presentation

  • May
  • Yoga & Nature
    • Saturday May 2, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a spring yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration. Beginners are welcome.

  • Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
    • Monday May 4, 2015 – Monday May 25, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $30.00 Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure.

    Be prepared to enjoy the outdoors!

     

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s activities will include bird walks, a children’s activity area with Stillwater Montessori, a nature exploration and more. All ages, get out in nature and spend some time with us!

    7 – 8:30 a.m.           Bird Walk w/ Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith

    8:30 – 10 a.m.         Printmaking: Bird Art w/ Marcella Christensen

    9 – 11:00 a.m.         Birding by Ear Walk w/ Steve Coleman

    10 a.m. – noon        Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori

    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.     Journal Making w/ Paul Ryan

    11 a.m. – noon         Birding for Children w/ Erik Klausmeyer

    noon – 1:00 p.m.     Lichen Exploration w/ Kim Robichaud

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Bird Sense: What It’s Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead and Katrina van Grouw
    • Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Combining a wealth of bird facts with a winning modesty in the face of these creatures’ essential mysteriousness, Bird Sense is a richly persuasive volume. This fascinating book has much to teach us, not just about what it means to be a bird, but about the rewards and responsibilities of our coexistence with these wonderful creatures.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Outdoor Photography Workshop
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $12.00

    Search, find, and photograph with Andy Anderson. We’ll focus on nature up close as we take a look at macro photography. Please bring along a tripod for your camera if you own one.

    For a sample of Andy’s photography, visit kingfisherphotography.com.

    Leader: Andy Anderson, Nature Photographer

  • Fields Pond Paddle
    • Friday May 29, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Join us on a paddle as day shifts into night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent a canoe from us.

    Please register by calling FPAC.

  • Herbal Adventure 
    • Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20.00 - Non-members: $25.00

    Take an herb walk with Jessi Sader then blend herbal tea of your own. Learn about local plants with health benefits and how to plan your own medicinal herb garden.

    Cost includes herbs and fillable tea bags.

  • June
  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 13, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • July
  • Elements
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    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 caring.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! This year all of our camp weeks are rooted in the arts and all of Fields Pond will be our muse. Each week we will couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through summer looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    We will look for patterns in the environment and learn how form fits function while expressing ourselves the best way we know how.

     

    Financial assistance is available. Application available at maineaudubon.org.

  • Perscpective
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    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 caring.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! This year all of our camp weeks are rooted in the arts and all of Fields Pond will be our muse. Each week we will couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through summer looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    This week focuses on different media and how perspective can change in a blink!

     

    Financial assistance is available. Application available at maineaudubon.org.

  • Natural Expressions
    • 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

    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 caring.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! This year all of our camp weeks are rooted in the arts and all of Fields Pond will be our muse. Each week we will couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through summer looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    This week is fast-paced, high energy and filled with movement, writing, and performance.

     

  • August
  • Landscapes
    • 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

    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 caring.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! This year all of our camp weeks are rooted in the arts and all of Fields Pond will be our muse. Each week we will couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through summer looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    This week is driven by ecosystems and habitat. Young naturalists will learn to look at, appreciate and love their environment like never before.

     

    Financial assistance is available. Application available at maineaudubon.org.