Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • February
  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Friday Feb 24, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $220 Child Non-members: $280

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators.

    Single day registration available if space allows by calling 207-781-2330 x 273 

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).


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  • Look What I Found! Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Friday Feb 24, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Join us during February school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear). Each day has its own theme, but contribute to the week’s theme: Winter Adaptations.

    Tuesday: Snow & Ice

    Wednesday: Birds in Winter

    Thursday: Tracking

    Friday: Predators & Prey

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible if space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273
  • Birding with your Smartphone
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join us for an evening talk about how the smartphone has become one of the most important tools for birding recently. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

    Many thanks to Kate Irish Collins for highlighting this event in her article at: theforecaster.net/maine-audubon-apps-make-birding-by-smartphone-easier-more-accessible/

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Feb 24, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

    Join us for our annual winter live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

  • March
  • Winter Exploration and Children’s Literature Educator Workshop
    • Saturday Mar 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $30

    Join us  for this interactive two-part workshop for early childhood educators.  First we will focus on engaging young children through inside and outside activities, about the wonders of winter. From snow science to winter adaptations and more, there will be something for every student. Educators will also receive background information on winter ecology.

    winter-kidsIn the second half of the workshop, we will explore ways in which children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, can be used to integrate science and literacy in early childhood classrooms. Using the Wildlife on the Move series as a model, we will discuss and practice strategies for evaluating children’s books, reading aloud, and choosing activities to increase engagement and extend children’s learning.

    Educators are encouraged to stay for an additional hour, 3-4 p.m. for planning and consultation time with Maine Audubon’s professional education team.

    • Lessons will be multidisciplinary and linked to the Maine Early Learning and development
    • Come prepared for an outdoor winter exploration, we will learn by doing.
    • Receive background information about Winter
    • Contact hours and certificate
    • Future consultation to help implement into your classrooms.
  • eBird Primer
    • Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    eBird.org has quickly grown as one of the most important and valuable tools for modern birders. This citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, can help you learn when and where to see any bird, how to hear about the latest rare bird sightings, and even keep you life list up to date.

    Join our staff naturalist (and one of Maine’s eBird reviewers), Doug Hitchcox, for an evening program on how to efficiently use this free tool.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Why 21st Century Children Need Nature
    • Thursday Mar 9, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring David Sobel of Antioch New England, this event is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series.

    The original kindergarten – the children’s garden–conceived by German educator Friedrich Froebel in the 19th century, was a place where children learned through play, often in nature. That idea is fast eroding.  Children aren’t playing in the garden anymore; instead they’re filling in bubbles in worksheets. The new movement of nature-based early childhood education can reverse that trend. There are thousands of forest kindergartens throughout Europe and new programs opening every month in North America. Let’s examine the promise of this healthy approach towards living and learning outdoors with young people.

    David Sobel is Senior Faculty in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England. He is the author of the newly released Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning. He serves as a professional development and place-based education curriculum consultant to schools throughout the country and has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for a variety of school and environmental institutions.

    Maine Magazine is the media sponsor of the Maine Audubon Speaker Series.
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  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Mar 11, 2017 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Thursday Mar 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    If it swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? But did you know there have actually been 45 species of ducks (plus geese and swans) seen in Maine! In this workshop our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will discuss the natural history of this family, the finer points of identifying these species, where and when to see them.

    This workshop is highly recommended for anyone coming on the Learn the Ansers Field Trip on March 25th but anyone with an interest in this diverse family should attend.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Previous highlights from here have included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Tufted Duck, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

    There is a Learn the Answers Workshop on March 23 that is highly recommended for anyone coming on this field trip.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop
    • Friday Mar 31, 2017 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • Maine Lake Science Center
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    Join us for this interactive workshop with two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth, and receive a FREE bird feeder for your classroom. This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats.  Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students!

    two_girls_with_checklists_pointing-300x200The Flying WILD materials built on scientifically sound information, engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. While meeting the needs of the classroom teacher, Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and others. Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

    BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.  From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth provides educators with resources that engage youth in their own investigations!

    Workshop participants will receive Bird Sleuth information, a bird feeder and curriculum materials along with the activity guide, Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which features:

    • 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons
    • Listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
    • Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats.

  • April
  • Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop
    • Saturday Apr 8, 2017 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This in-depth 5-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

    natural curiousGrowing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:

    • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide.
    • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign
    • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
    • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

     

     

     

  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our April Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators.

    Single day registration available as space allows by calling 207-781-2330 x 273 

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).

    Monday 4/17: Migratory Monday

    Campers will learn about incredible journey of migration and see what birds are coming back to Maine.

     

    Tuesday 4/18: Natural Performers

    Learn about various Maine animals and their adaptations to attract a mate, defend their home and babies! Perform what they have learned!

     

    Wednesday 4/19: Home Sweet Home

    Campers will be able to create and discover various nests and shelters of Maine Audubon’s wildlife.

     

    Thursday 4/20: Spring Stewards

    Earth Day! Campers will create interpretive signs for their favorite spots on our Sanctuary to share with the public and spend time caring for the Earth in a stewardship project.

     

    Friday 4/21: Spring into Action!

    Live Animal Show! Many animals prepare for spring and summer in different ways.  We will take a trip to the pond to study the different things parents do from spring time to summer time!

  • Look What I Found! April Vacation Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $210/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $290/wk

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! We will explore and enjoy nature through hands-on exploration, art, stories, and songs, so come prepared for both indoor and outdoor fun. Each day has its own theme, but daily activities tie into a week-long focus on habitats and stewardship.

    Monday: Habitat Connections

    Tuesday: Animal Journeys

    Wednesday: Who Lives in the Pond?

    Thursday: Earth Day

    Friday: Animals up Close

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible as space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273