Events & Programs: Fields Pond


216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • April
  • Fields Pond Work Party
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 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 and families are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. Get involved in projects from cleaning the bird feeders to shoring up our boardwalk or putting a fresh coat of paint on the picnic table.

    Work as a family on a project together, or bring some power tools and work within your skill set. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move youngsters to action as well. Groups welcome.

    Call ahead for more info. Lunch will be served or bring your own. With questionable weather, call to find out if we’re a go or not.

    Saturdays, April 19, May 17, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Wild Theatre
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 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! We’ll have Ben Layman from Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy joining us with his excellent dramatic teaching and directing abilities.

    Parents will drop off their young actors and budding naturalists to rehearse a short nature-based play or story book. An outdoor exploration will be a fun break in the theatrics. Parents return (bring more family and friends) to watch the performance.

    No experience necessary. Please call 989-2591 to register.

    Leader: Ben Layman, Teaching Artist, Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy

     

  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday Apr 21, 2014 – Friday Apr 25, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00

    Join us for a week of outdoor exploration, play and all around fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Choose the days you like or come for the whole week!

    Please call (207) 989-2591 to register.

    Monday, April 21 –Guardians of the Earth

    Do you have what it takes to be an Earth guardian? On this day we embark on an adventure quest to uncover nature’s secrets and discover our own special powers to protect nature.

    Tuesday, April 22 – Nature’s Recyclers

    We’ll explore the many ways that nature turns waste into something useful and experiment with ways to do that ourselves.

    Wednesday, April 23 – Watershed Watchers

    Use your inquiring mind to determine where water goes by following it, and along the way uncover how it connects us to every living thing.

    Thursday, April 24 – Mighty Sun

    Join us as we mount an expedition to discover all of the ways that nature relies on sun power and experiment with ways to harness the sun’s energy ourselves.

    Friday, April 25 – The Great Species Search

    We end the week by celebrating Earth Day as we launch a journey to meet as many different living things as we can in one day and then throw a party in their honor.

  • Earth Day Potluck Celebration
    • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Come and bring your favorite dish to share and we’ll celebrate what we love about the earth. We’ll also discuss what we can do to move ourselves and others to action to make the earth a better place for every living being.

    Suggested donation $5 to benefit the nature center.

  • Coyote – America’s Songdog
    • Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Come and learn about this important, resilient carnivore in a way you have never heard before. This presentation is about us as well, since we share the landscape and our lives with Coyote. Geri Vistein will touch upon Anthropology, Archaeology, Prehistoric and Modern History, Native American life, poetry, Human Psychology, Human Belief Systems, European World Views, Wildlife Science and Ecology, Animal Husbandry, and more.

    America’s Songdog gives community members a chance to come together and share stories, ask questions, and share a dialogue. Come hear the Song Dogs Sing!

    To learn more about Coyotes, go to Geri Vistein’s educational website ~ www.CoyoteLivesinMaine.com

    Photo by Debbie DiCarlo

     

  • May
  • Neighborhood Bird Walks May 2014
    • Saturday May 3, 2014 – Tuesday May 27, 2014
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Unless otherwise indicated, all walks are from 7:00 – 8:30 AM.  Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended due to wet grass and occasional muddy conditions.  In consideration of wildlife and fellow birders, no pets please on the bird walks.

    Saturday, May 3:  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gudrun Keszoecze

    Take I-95 to exit 197; go 4.75 mi. west on Rt. 43; look for large red signs on the right; enter refuge at gate 1, proceed ½ mi. to Pine Tree parking area

    Wednesday, May 7:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.

    Saturday, May 10 (Spring Fest – Int’l Migratory Bird Day):  Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leaders:  Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith

    Meet in Fields Pond Audubon Center parking lot.

    Monday, May 12:  Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor

    Leaders:  Hope Brogunier, Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet in the 2nd parking lot upstream of the intersection of Valley Ave. and Bruce Rd.

    Wednesday, May 14:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance

    Thursday, May 15:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

    Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.

    Friday, May 16:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.

    Monday, May 19:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178

    Monday, May 19 (evening walk):  Chimney swift outing, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Milardo

    Meet at 7:30 pm at State St. bridge over Kenduskeag Stream (between Main St. and Harlow St.)

    Tuesday, May 20:  Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at BLT kiosk on Kittredge Rd. just before the power lines.

    Thursday, May 22:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Lucy Quimby, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.

    Friday May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    Meet in the parking lot behind the Microdyne Building on Godfrey Dr.

    Tuesday, May 27:  University of Maine campus, Orono

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the rear of the University Credit Union parking lot on Rangeley Rd.

  • Om Land Yoga in Nature
    • Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Gather at the nature center for a half-day of yoga explorations with Om Land Yoga instructors. The teachers will enliven your practice by bringing their own personal style to each yoga session. We’ll also get outside and enjoy an exploration in nature. Food and beverages will be available. Please call 989-2591 to register.

     

     

  • Book Discussion Group: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
    • Thursday May 8, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Bangor Public Library
    • Free

    Field Notes provides an unbiased overview and is a model for writing about an urgent environmental crisis. Kolbert’s calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity. Expanding on a series for the New Yorker, Kolbert lets facts rather than polemics tell the story. 

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 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.

    Saturday, May 10, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (part of Spring Fest)
    Leaders: Jerry Smith, Bruce Barker

    Donations welcome.

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 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, insect investigations and more. Get out in nature and spend some time with us! All ages welcome.

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

    8 – 9:00 a.m.    Photo Explorations with Bruce Gray

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

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

    11 a.m. – noon    Insect Fun

    11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Live Music

    noon – 1:00 p.m.    Nature Exploration

     

  • Moonlight Canoeing
    • Monday May 12, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Paddle around Fields Pond island and out to the “red bridge”, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one of ours. Heavy rain or thunder would cancel the paddle.

    Please call 989-2591 to register.

     

  • Fields Pond Work Party
    • Saturday May 17, 2014 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 and families are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. Get involved in projects from cleaning the bird feeders to shoring up our boardwalk or putting a fresh coat of paint on the picnic table.

    Work as a family on a project together, or bring some power tools and work within your skill set. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move youngsters to action as well. Groups welcome.

    Call ahead for more info. Lunch will be served or bring your own. With questionable weather, call to find out if we’re a go or not.

    * Special Guest, Trudi Plummer of the Maine Discovery Museum, will be here at the May Work Party as project assistant!

  • Digital Birding
    • Wednesday May 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Maine Audubon staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, as he eases you into the digital age.

    Learn to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. Understand how your phone has become the second most important tool for exploring the natural world.

     

  • Painting in the Woods
    • Saturday May 24, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Join our featured artist, Michael Shyka, for an artistic adventure in the woods. Michael will take participants out to one of his favorite locations and help them set up to capture the beauty that they see through paints.

    Come prepared to be outside. Please call FPAC to register. 

    Leader: Michael Shyka, Bangor Artist

     

  • Canoeing at Hirundo
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
    • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Price: $5 suggested donation

    Join Holly, Maine Audubon naturalist, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge for a paddle with Gudrun, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s onsite naturalist. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for birds, moose, otter and interesting plant life along the way. Canoes available or bring your own boat.

    Reservation requested by May 30th. Please call 944-9259.

  • Wild Edibles
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Join Orono’s plant guru, Claire Ackroyd, on an outdoor adventure in search of edibles. We may even find something to cook up and eat at the close of the program.

    Please call FPAC 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

    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 caring.

    Financial assistance is available. Application available on website.

    Water will drive our adventures this week, steering us into motion on a global and local level. Activate your body and mind as we take it outside to explore the properties of our watershed and assess its value as an important part of our wonderful world. Experience your journey as a drop of water, a frog in a pond, and a fish in the river. Enjoy visits from guest scientists dedicating their time to improving water quality for all living things.

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

    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 caring.

    Financial assistance is available. Application available on website.

    Time to don your explorer’s cap and take it outside to discover the thrill of adventure as we explore the different ecosystems here at Fields Pond. Experience the diversity of life and habitat in a different ecosystem each day. Come explore our wonderful world and enjoy the thrill of exercising your body and your mind!

  • 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

    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 caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

     

     

  • August
  • Natural Expressions
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    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 caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! Let all of Fields Pond be your muse as we 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 an amazing week looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.