Events & Programs: Fields Pond


216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • February
  • Winter Bird-feeding Workshop
    • Friday Feb 12, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00
    • Materials: $10.00 payable night of program

    Bring your sweetheart or bring your own sweet self to an informational and fun program to learn about the selection, proper care and maintenance of bird feeders to make your backyard the center of attraction. We’ll even make feeders to take home just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb.12-15. $10 materials fee payable at program will include all supplies needed to construct your feeder.

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Family Snowshoe
    • Saturday Feb 13, 2016 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 20.00member/25.00 nonmember per family

    Family Snowshoe 2Snowshoeing allows families to have an adventure in nature no matter what the weather brings. Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond, searching for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace, all ages welcome. Snowshoes available to rent.

    The Family Snowshoe is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 – Thursday Feb 18, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days 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 world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Tuesday

    Snow Science – We will explore the world of snow and ice in the field, forest and streams. We will make our own crystals and discover the insulating power of snow while learning how life on earth survives and thrives when it is cold.

    Wednesday

    Travel and Survival in Nature - Fly, hop and crawl your way through the grounds at Fields Pond while learning how seeds and animals move. Campers will perform hands-on experiments to discover how plants and animals survive the Maine winter.

    Thursday

    Winter Birds - Which birds will we find at our feeders and in the forest this time of year? Join us as we observe Maine’s winter birds and their habitat. We will dissect owl pellets, make bird feeders participate in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Tuesday
    • Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $55.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days 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 world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Tuesday

    Snow Science – We will explore the world of snow and ice in the field, forest and streams. We will make our own crystals and discover the insulating power of snow while learning how life on earth survives and thrives when it is cold.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Wednesday
    • Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $55.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days 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 world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Wednesday

    Travel and Survival in Nature - Fly, hop and crawl your way through the grounds at Fields Pond while learning how seeds and animals move. Campers will perform hands-on experiments to discover how plants and animals survive the Maine winter.

     

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Thursday
    • Thursday Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $55.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed three days 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 world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Thursday

    Winter Birds - Which birds will we find at our feeders and in the forest this time of year? Join us as we observe Maine’s winter birds and their habitat. We will dissect owl pellets, make bird feeders participate in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • Winter Family Day of Play
    • Friday Feb 19, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: Members free, Nonmember $7
    • Children under 2 free

    Winter Kids OutsideAttention all families! Join us for a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    • Outdoor activities including: scavenger hunt, story walk, sledding and more
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs
    • Refreshments provided

     

     

  • Uncovering the Mystery of Snowy Owls
    • Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $5.00 Child Members: $5.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $5.00

    Have you ever wondered about these large white owls from the North? Why are there so many recently? How far do they travel? Where are they coming from? Join Maine Audubon’s Doug Hitchcox for an enlightening evening to unfurl the mysteries of this silent winter predator: the Snowy Owl.

    Snowy Owl by Sharon FiedlerSharon Fiedler will be complementing our informational program with photographs like this one and stories of the Snowy Owl from a nature photographer’s perspective.

  • Homeschool Field Trip: Life in the Cold
    • Thursday Feb 25, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50 Child Non-members: $75

    Explore! Play! Learn! A day long field trip is a wonderful opportunity for scholars to independently apply and reinforce current learnings in a mixed age, small group setting.

    Maine Audubon Educator Cyndi Kuhn will lead the team through the day investigating winter life, making sense of winter adaptations and exploring other winter ecology concepts. We’ll stay warm playing atop the ice and snow and we will take time to celebrate the wonder of winter’s grasp.

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Friday Feb 26, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Perfect for the beginning birder or for the ‘pros’ to learn new techniques, these “birding basics” courses will focus on different skills that every birder should learn and know. When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. In this class we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • March
  • Bernd Heinrich at Fields Pond: “The Nexus of Science and Art”
    • Thursday Mar 3, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Bernd Heinrich (photo by Lynn Jennings)

    Bernd Heinrich (photo by Lynn Jennings)

    Join us for a presentation by renowned biologist, author and artist, Dr. Bernd Heinrich. From his small cabin off the grid in central Maine, Dr. Heinrich has spent decades studying birds and other wildlife, and sharing his findings and reflections in bestselling books. Dr. Heinrich is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, painter and sketch artist. By weaving together stories of his artwork and his field research, Dr. Heinrich’s talk will connect the scientific pursuits of biology and ecology with various forms of artistic expression.

    Dr. Heinrich will also be selling and signing selected art prints and books (cash/checks accepted).

    About Bernd Heinrich:

    Dr. Heinrich is the author of more than 20 books, including his most recent publication, The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration. His forthcoming book, “One Wild Bird at a Time,” will be published in spring 2016. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont.

    Since retiring in 2004, he has written several books, including: The Snoring Bird, The Summer World, Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds and the Evolution of Monogamy and Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death.

    Want to get the amazing $10 member admission? Join Maine Audubon today and be the first to learn about future events like this.

    Dr. Heinrich will also be speaking March 2 at Gilsland Farm.

  • Family Discovery Program: Tracks and Scat
    • Saturday Mar 12, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $15member/20 nonmember per family

    Join us for an afternoon of family exploration and fun. Basic track and scat identification will be followed by an outdoor investigation of who visits Fields Pond forest, meadow and stream this time of year. If the thaw is upon us, we will explore the frog pond for activity. Be prepared for the outdoors.

  • Family Fun: Emerging Spring
    • Wednesday Mar 16, 2016 – Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Wednesdays
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $70member/$105nonmember per family

    Now is the time to celebrate the majesty of new beginnings with youngsters! 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, theme related crafts, and outdoor exploration, you and your child will explore the wonders of spring in Maine. Come prepared to adventure outside! Themes include:
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  • Birding Basics: Making It Count
    • Thursday Mar 24, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Perfect for the beginning birder or for the ‘pros’ to learn new techniques, these “birding basics” courses will focus on different skills that every birder should learn and know. One of the most valuable resources available to birders is eBird.org. In this course we will learn how to use this database and also contribute our sightings to this world wide citizen science project.

  • April
  • Fields Pond: Poetry Coffeehouse
    • Wednesday Apr 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, join word enthusiasts at Fields Pond Audubon Center for an informal evening of poetry. Share your favorite nature or environmental poem. Your poem could be obscure, well-known or one you wrote yourself – or just bring yourself and listen to great local poetry! Bring a snack to share. Warm beverages will be served. 

     

  • EARLY SPRING WATERFOWL
    • Saturday Apr 9, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Many ducks return to the area as soon as ice is out. Pre-trip scouting will determine our itinerary but may include the Orrington marsh, Fields Pond, Brewer Lake, the Penobscot River, Essex Woods, and the Penjajawoc Marsh. Little walking involved.

    Location: Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center

    Saturday, April 9, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Leader: Jerry Smith

    Cost: Free Donations welcome. Please call 989-2591 to let us know you’re coming.

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Guardians of the Earth
    • Tuesday Apr 19, 2016 – Thursday Apr 21, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Choose the days you like or come for all three! Guest naturalists and artists will join us each day.

    Tuesday, April 19 – Guardians of the Earth

    Wednesday, April 20 – Nature’s Recyclers

    Thursday, April 21 – Watershed Watchers

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Tuesday: Guardians of the Earth
    • Tuesday Apr 19, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $55

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Tuesday, April 19 – Guardians of the Earth

     

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Wednesday: Nature’s Recyclers
    • Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $55

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about the role of decomposers in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Wednesday, April 20 – Nature’s Recyclers

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Thursday: Watershed Watchers
    • Thursday Apr 21, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $55

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about how water flows through life in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Thursday, April 21 – Watershed Watchers

  • Spring Family Day of Play: Earth Day
    • Friday Apr 22, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free
    • Children under 2 free

    Fields Pond is a big backyard that beckons you! Self-guided activities will be on hand throughout the day in order to encourage your family to connect with nature, unwind and recharge. Celebrate Earth Day like never before and start a tradition with Maine Audubon. Let us inspire you!

     

     

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Thursday Apr 28, 2016 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

  • Family Discovery Series: A is for Amphibian
    • Saturday Apr 30, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 15.00/20.00 per family

    Learn all about amphibians! Join us for a family-friendly program to learn about frogs and their habitat. If the timing is right, we’ll listen and look for the many species that call Fields Pond home. Be prepared for outside exploration in wet areas.

  • May
  • Family Discovery Series: Bats
    • Saturday May 28, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $15member/20 nonmember per family

    Time to get bats on the radar! Maine has seen rapid decline in bat species in just the past five years. Come learn about Maine’s beneficial cave and tree species, why bats are getting sick, and what we can do to improve habitat for the survival of all bats. Be prepared for the outdoors.  

  • June
  • Fields Pond Field Trip: Sparrow Tour
    • Saturday Jun 4, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Need help improving your sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very flashy so they can be challenging to recognize. John Wyatt will lead a tour through Prospect and Frankfort with stops at the Mendall Marsh and nearby blueberry barrens. In addition to the more common sparrows we’ll look for Vespers and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Meet up is 7 am at public parking lot in Winterport next to antique store. Register online in advance.   

    7:00a-12p Saturday June 4. 

  • Family Discovery Series: Backyard Birding
    • Saturday Jun 25, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 15.00/20.00 per family

    Join lead educator Cyndi Kuhn and explore the world of birding as a family, right in your own backyard!  A delightful afternoon together will include indoor and outdoor time. Dress for the weather.