Events & Programs: Fields Pond


216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • August
  • Homeschool Field Trip: Problem Solving in Nature
    • Monday Aug 31, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

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    We aim to nurture the natural curiosity of children through experiential learning, exploration and play. Every field trip includes a focus question which sets the stage for investigating solutions or providing alternatives. Scholars participate in indoor and outdoor experiences that incorporate academic and social skill building in a small group setting.

    Cycles and change will be the focus of our solutions as we assess the impact of humans in nature. Concepts like “leave no trace” and carbon footprint will be explored as we deal strictly in solutions from a positive perspective.

  • September
  • Volunteer Naturalist Training at Fields Pond
    • Thursday Sep 10, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations this Fall. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general forest ecology. Call for more information.

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  • Volunteer Naturalist Training at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Sep 12, 2015 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations this Fall. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general forest ecology. Call for more information.

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  • E.Y.E.S. North – Emerging Youth Ecology Squad
    • Saturday Sep 12, 2015 – Saturday Dec 12, 2015
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $225 Child Non-members: $275

    eyesStudents K-5 will develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.

    This 7-week series of classes will take place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from Sept. 12 through Dec. 12Scholarships available!

    This is a drop-off program and students should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors. 

    Each class of the 7-week series is designed to cover a different topic:

    September 12: Monarch Madness – Butterflies are nature’s jewels. We will feature our treasured Monarch, inspect milkweed plants for activity and search for adults and chrysalis. We will also learn about other species of butterflies. Butterfly migration, life cycle, habitat and other traits will be covered in fun, active ways.

    September 26: Bringing Nature Home – This day will be dedicated to finding simple ways to create suitable habitat for all kinds of species. We will design and construct a few prototypes as well. Possible designs will include hibernacula, bat houses, raised bed of some sort. . .

    October 10: Bats: Nighttime Navigators – Flying mammals? True Hibernators? Mysterious population declines? Learn about Maine bat species and ways to maintain and improve habitat for all bat populations for years to come.

    October 24: Forest “Fun”damentals – Forest ecology will drive our day from top to bottom. We will discuss concepts like interdependence and succession as we explore coniferous and mixed deciduous forests, read the landscape for prior land use and acquaint ourselves with diverse forest habitats.

    November 14: Talking Turkey – Wild turkey nearly became extinct in the early 1930s because of habitat loss and overhunting. We will learn how humans led conservation efforts to recover the species to a population today of over 7 million and we will discuss strategies for protecting other endangered and threatened species in Maine.

    November 28: Who is Still Here? Our state’s human population shifts dramatically when summer vistors leave and only winter residents remain. We’ll find out about the wildlife that joins us in surviving and thriving in Maine’s wonderful winter months.

    December 12: Tucking in Nature – As the days get shorter, animals get ready for the winter. We will uncover different habitats and find the creatures that are preparing for the cold season in and around the pond, marsh, meadow and forest.

    Registrants interested in individual classes must contact their Maine Audubon Educator to make special arrangements. Cost for a single class is $40 for members, $50 per non-members.

     

  • Fall Foliage Photography
    • Tuesday Sep 15, 2015 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    signs of fallHave you always wanted to learn about photography? Want to get outside? Join us for an informal hike through our beautiful grounds and get tips and tricks along with stories and a few laughs from our instructor’s personal experience in freelance photography.

    There’s no better time or place to capture fall’s beautiful foliage and landscapes.

     

  • Signs of the Seasons Training – Fall 2015
    • Tuesday Sep 22, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Maine Audubon and Signs of the Seasons are working together to learn more about loon populations in New England!

    P. Loon pair edit-crop 1699Information on the timing of migration, mating, and the appearance of chicks will aid in forming an accurate picture of loon populations in Maine.  Interested volunteers will attend a training that includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the online database hosted by the National Phenology Network.

    ***The training has filled. There will be additional trainings offered in the spring. ***

  • Family Fun – Signs of Fall (Wednesdays)
    • Wednesday Sep 23, 2015 – Wednesday Nov 4, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $105

    Wednesdays Sept. 23 through Nov. 4

    come-hug-a-tree-200x200Bring 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!

  • Hiking the Haute Route, Switzerland
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    hauterouteIn July, 2013, Karen Herold, her husband and her sister hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. This is a spectacular and demanding hike: a strenuous high-level traverse in the French and Swiss Alps. The route traverses below the summits of 10 out of the 12 of the highest peaks in the Alps, and crosses several high passes. The highest pass is at 2964m (9,800ft).

    During this beautiful hike, Herold had the chance to reconnect with the Swiss geography and relatives her family knew growing up with their Swiss father.

    About the speaker: Long ago, Karen was an attorney. Now she’s involved in a variety of environmental causes. She always has her next adventure germinating.

    For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson at education@amcmaine.org

    Presented by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Fields Pond Audubon Center as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend at Fields Pond! The grounds are open to the public all day for hiking the trails paddling on Fields Pond. The Center and Nature Store are open Thursday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

    As part of this year’s festivities, we are offering a mushroom workshop for adults (register here).

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  • Mushroom Workshop
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $18.00 - Non-members: $24.00

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    Join the skilled and knowledgeable David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Instruction time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. (be prepared for an intermediate level of physical activity) David will have his book available for purchase.

  • October
  • Women’s Day Retreat
    • Saturday Oct 17, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $60.00

    This daylong retreat is an opportunity for women to relax and rejuvenate while discovering the beauty of the natural world. The day will offer a variety of stress-free activities, including an exploration hike, canoe ride, meditation and stress reduction workshops. At the end of the day,we will unwind with a wine and chocolate tasting.

    Enjoy this opportunity to socialize with other women in the community and connect with nature!

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  • Birds of the World: Ethiopia
    • Thursday Oct 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair.  This species is endemic to Ethiopia.  Ron Davis photo.

    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair. This species is endemic to Ethiopia. Ron Davis photo.

    This latest of Ron and Lee Davises’ illustrated presentations on their around-the-world wildlife adventures features central and southern Ethiopia. The Davises visited a wide range of habitats from below 3000 to over 13,000 feet altitude in the most extensively mountainous country of Africa to photograph some of the most rare and beautiful birds and mammals of the continent.

  • November
  • Homeschool Field Trip: Forces in Nature
    • Wednesday Nov 25, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

    We aim to nurture the natural curiosity of children through experiential learning, exploration and play. Every field trip includes a focus question which sets the stage for investigating solutions or providing alternatives. Scholars participate in indoor and outdoor experiences that incorporate academic and social skill building in a small group setting.

    Scholars will participate in activities that exemplify energy transfer and how energy flows through systems. Beginning with the sun as the original source of energy on this planet, we will recognize that energy constantly flows from one form to another. Multiple methods of experience, discovery and activity will deepen the scholars’ understanding of energy.