Events & Programs: Fields Pond


216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • December
  • Cold Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Dec 13, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $7.00 Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    December features the Cold Moon.

    The approaching Winter Solstice will become crystal clear as we watch the Cold Moon rise. Snowshoes will be available if needed or bring your own.

  • The Night Tree: Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Dec 21, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Night TreeJoin us for a family-oriented celebration of nature in winter as we recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story The Night Tree.  We’ll decorate our own night trees to share with Maine’s winter wildlife.

    Come relax and spend time with your loved ones on the longest night of the year.  Warm cider awaits!

    Advance registration is recommended.  Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

     

    Note: peanut products will be present during this event.

  • January
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 – Wednesday Feb 15, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, January 11 – February 15

    Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • Guided Full Moon Snowshoe
    • Friday Jan 13, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $7.00 Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Come roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the full Wolf Moon, followed by a hot drink back at the Center to warm up. Join us for a little exercise, natural history and great company. We have snowshoes to rent or bring your own.

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Decades of Change
    • Friday Jan 20, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a discussion about how Maine’s bird life has changed over the past century. Do you remember when Red-bellied Woodpeckers were rare? Or when Evening Grosbeaks used to come to your feeders by the hundreds? How about the first time you saw a cardinal or vulture in Maine? Learn about these changes and why they’ve occurred in this evening slide show and lecture.

  • Family Discovery Series: Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Jan 21, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $$20/family

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape has prepared for winter.

    Observation, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered. This program is intended for families to discover and learn together.

    Leader: Registered Maine Guide P. Daniel Ryan

     

     

  • February
  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Winter Family Day of Play
    • Sunday Feb 5, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • 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

     

     

  • Project WILD and Winter Ecology Educator Workshop
    • Friday Feb 10, 2017 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Winter Ecology and Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students regarding winter ecology and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.  Participants will learn about winter through outdoor field study and activities and will be able to browse resources including literature connections.

    All participants receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide which focuses on wildlife and habitat. It is organized into topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these multi-disciplinary activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities, or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.

    What teachers say about Project winter-kidsWILD and Maine Audubon workshops:

    • “Thanks so much. It was a wonderfully inspirational workshop. I want to do EVERYTHING!!!!” Lori Safford, Carrabassett Valley Academy:
    • Project WILD is highly adaptable to different grade levels, student populations, and learning styles. The activities are adaptable to various time frames, activity sites, and subject areas.
    • The guide is full of activities that can be done in the classroom, the schoolyard, or on field trips.
    • Teachers give high praise to Project WILD’s “learning by doing” orientation to workshops and report reaching students at all ability levels with Project WILD.

     

     

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Birding Basics for your Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10
    • Children under 12 free

    This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. All participants will be prepared to participate the Great Backyard Bird Count like never before.

  • Family Discovery Series: Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    This is the perfect opportunity for families newly interested in birding, or for the seasoned birding family to learn something new. Learn how the sightings you make while watching your feeders can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. All participants will be prepared to participate the Great Backyard Bird Count like never before.

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Thursday Feb 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $150.00 Child Non-members: $225.00

    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. Visit for one day or come for the full session! 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 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Tuesday
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

    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. Visit for one day or come for the full session! 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 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Wednesday
    • Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

    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. Visit for one day or come for the full session! 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 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Thursday
    • Thursday Feb 23, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

    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. Visit for one day or come for the full session! 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 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

     

  • March
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday Apr 5, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5

    Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Emerging Spring
    • Thursday Mar 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Learn how plants and animals are coping with winter’s final days and what signs of emerging spring are already upon us.

  • Family Discovery Series: Snowshoe Tour
    • Saturday Mar 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond Audubon Center. We will search for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace; all ages welcome. Snowshoes available in limited quantities. Please bring your own if you have them.