Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • February
  • Nature & Birding Talks: Winter Ecology
    • Wednesday Feb 10, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Did you ever wonder what happens to Maine’s wildlife in winter? Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will explain the mystery of wildlife winter survival mechanisms and share some compelling stories.

    Online registration is now closed but space is still available for drop ins. Please bring cash or a check.

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 13, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    Winter Kids OutsideJoin 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.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7/general admission

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs and citizen science projects
    • Music, refreshments & more!

    The Snowy Owl_Cover_hrMelissa Kim and Jada Fitch will be reading from and signing their book “A Snowy Owl Story” at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

    Maine Audubon’s Winter Carnival is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 – Friday Feb 19, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $220 Child Non-members: $280

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

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


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  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Tuesday)
    • Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

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


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 – Thursday Feb 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $125/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $175/wk

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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: Over and Under the Snow

    Wednesday: Changing Coats

    Thursday: Tracking

    * Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Tuesday)
    • Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Theme: Over and Under the Snow

    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 contributes to the week’s theme: Winter Adaptations

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Wednesday)
    • Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

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


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Wednesday)
    • Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Theme: Changing Coats 

    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 contributes to the full week’s theme: Winter Adaptations.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Thursday)
    • Thursday Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

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


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Thursday)
    • Thursday Feb 18, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Theme: Tracking

    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 contributes to the week’s theme: Winter Adaptations

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Friday)
    • Friday Feb 19, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

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


    Learn more

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2016
    • Friday Feb 19, 2016 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.

  • Scat and Tracks – ID Workshop
    • Saturday Feb 20, 2016 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Winter is a great time to learn how to identify different species by the signs they leave behind. A fresh veil of snow can make tracks and scat especially easy to find and interpret. Join our staff naturalist for a brief slideshow indoors before we take a walk around Gilsland Farm to see what animals signs have been left behind.

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday Feb 25, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify. To quote Steve N.G. Howell, “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a lecture on how to identify these often confusing but common birds.

    There is also a field trip on February 27 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday Feb 27, 2016 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify. To paraphrase Steve N.G. Howell: “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart.

    p.s. We will finish near Becky’s Diner, so if participants want to warm up with a cup of coffee and keep talking gulls, please join us for this ‘extension’.

  • March
  • Bernd Heinrich presents “The Nexus of Science and Art”
    • Wednesday Mar 2, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Bernd Heinrich

    Bernd Heinrich

    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.

    About Bernd Heinrich:

    Dr. Heinrich is the author of more than 20 books, including his most recent publication, The Honing 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 3 at Fields Pond Audubon Center.

  • eBird Primer
    • Wednesday Mar 9, 2016 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.

  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Mar 12, 2016 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

  • Good Night, Nature (March)
    • Monday Mar 21, 2016 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Moon Loon

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about a little girl who wonders about the loon cries that she hears. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep.

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

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday Jun 7, 2016
      9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $110.00 Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Wednesday Mar 30, 2016 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 the following morning 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.

  • April
  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Apr 2, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • 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 30 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

  • Growing Up WILD & Children’s Literature Educator Workshop
    • Saturday Apr 2, 2016 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $26 - Non-members: $30

    This multipart 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. 

    Copy of CAM00225Children’s Literature Connection:  This part of the workshop will focus on using books with corresponding activities that will prepare you to engage in the scientific process with young children. Spring is a great time to explore the life cycles and food chains immediately around us. Specifics include how and what to plant to attract native insects, birds, and other wildlife to your chosen site, in addition to what kinds of ongoing activities can sustain this discovery and development.

    Growing 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:

    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide written for children ages 3-7.
    • 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

    Scholarships to help defray the cost of the workshop are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls, at 207-781-2330 ext 273 for more information or  e-mail her at bpauls@maineaudubon.org.

  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 18, 2016 – Friday Apr 22, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Join us during 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.


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  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Monday)
    • Monday Apr 18, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us during 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 18, 2016 – Thursday Apr 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Join us during April 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Monday, April 18: Animal Basic Needs

    Tuesday, April 19: Food Webs

    Wednesday, April 20: How life depends on the Pond

    Thursday, April 21: Beaks and Eats

    * Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Monday)
    • Monday Apr 18, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: Animal Basic needs

    Join us during April 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 and explore outside. Each day has its own theme, but contributes to the week’s theme: Bringing Nature Home.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Tuesday)
    • Tuesday Apr 19, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us during 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Tuesday)
    • Tuesday Apr 19, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: Food Webs

    Join us during April 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of: Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event

     

  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Wednesday)
    • Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us during 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Wednesday)
    • Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: How life depends on the pond

    Join us during April 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of: Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event

     

  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Thursday)
    • Thursday Apr 21, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us during 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.


    Learn more

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Thursday)
    • Thursday Apr 21, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: Beaks and Eats

    Join us during April 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of: Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event

     

  • Speaker Series: Earth Day Film Festival 2016
    • Thursday Apr 21, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join Maine Audubon for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Maine Audubon members receive a discounted entrance fee. Join us for a fun evening of food, drink and conservation films!

    Food and drink starts at 6:00 pm. Film screening begins at 7 pm. We expect that this event will sell out – please register online to reserve your seat!

    Films:

    Coming soon! 

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

    About the Speaker Series

    Maine Audubon’s new monthly speaker series presents interactive lectures and discussions designed to stimulate conversation and concern around critical wildlife and habitat issues. The series features the region’s leading conservation experts to share research and propose solutions.

    Sponsored by:

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  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Friday)
    • Friday Apr 22, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us during 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. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.


    Learn more

  • April Live Wildlife Show 2016
    • Friday Apr 22, 2016 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 spring 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.

     

  • Good Night, Nature (April)
    • Monday Apr 25, 2016 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Sleep Tight Little Mouse

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about a little mouse who is restless to sleep in his own nest and thinks of all the other ways that animals sleep, only to realize that his is the best! Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep.

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

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • May
  • Bird Banding
    • Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5

    Join biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a bird banding demonstration. You will have the opportunity to see birds up close and learn about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Meet at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth.

    Join us for a Flying WILD education workshop after this banding demonstration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center  in Falmouth.  Participants will receive a Flying WILD curriculum guide with 43 activities.  Door prizes and resources are Canada Warbler in the handalso being distributed.  Click here for more information and to register.

    What is bird banding?

    Bird banding is a research tool used by scientists to monitor bird movement, productivity and life span. Mist nets are used to capture birds and a small metal band is placed on the bird’s leg. After a series of measurements are quickly recorded, the birds are released unharmed. For more about BRI’s River Point project, please visit www.briloon.org/riverpoint

     

  • Flying WILD Educator Workshop
    • Saturday May 7, 2016 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 4 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. The material is built around the fundamental principles of providing 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.

    Workshop participants will receive 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 and information on how to set up a bird festival.
    • In addition to an instructional overview, each activity provides an assessment section that suggests at least one way to evaluate student’s work, accomplishments, or performance.
    • Also 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. 

    A pre-workshop demonstration of bird banding by Biodiversity Institute is offered at the RIverpoint Sanctuary in Falmouth.  Participants will be able to see birds banding and get an up-close view of these birds that are migrating back to Maine after a long winter.  Click here to register.

    Common yellowthroat

    Common yellowthroat

    Scholarships to help defray the cost of the workshop are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls, at 207-781-2330 ext 273 for more information or  e-mail her at bpauls@maineaudubon.org.

  • Good Night, Nature (May)
    • Monday May 23, 2016 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Little Quack’s Bedtime

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about Mama Duck helping Little Quack and his brothers and sisters not be scared of the dark and go to sleep. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • June
  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Friday Jul 1, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720

    Join us for a two week adventure where campers will discover the lay of the land of Gilsland Farm, Scarborough Marsh and Mackworth Island!  We will uncover the mysteries of how animals travel from habitat to habitat and how we fit into their world!  Come explore with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games!

    Camp session (two weeks) — June 20 through July 1

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday Jun 30, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamay
    • Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home."

    Doug Tallamay, author of “Bringing Nature Home.”

    Bringing Nature Home

    Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order.

    Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

    Bringing Nature Home Book JacketWe will also have copies of Bringing Nature Home available for purchase in our Nature Store.

    Sip on complimentary wine from Chickadee Wines, beer from Allagash Brewing Company and enjoy assorted appetizers. This event is 21+. Doors/ refreshments at 6:30 pm.

    About the Speaker Series

    Maine Audubon’s new monthly speaker series presents interactive lectures and discussions designed to stimulate conversation and concern around critical wildlife and habitat issues. The series features the region’s leading conservation experts to share research and propose solutions.

  • July
  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $210

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about critters in Maine!  

    Camp session (5 days) — July 11 through July 15

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet!

    Camp session (5 days) — July 18 through July 22

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • August
  • Explorers: How things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    * The Pond

    * Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Summer Camp: Buzz-worthy Wildlife
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 19, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720

    Whats all the buzz about!  We are going nuts about growing native and learning about pollinators and the species that they help.  Come join us in this two week series and we will take a trip on the bus to the Farmers Market in Portland to see all the local foods and goods produced by Mainers!  We will also create a project locally to be stewards of our environment by learning about native and invasive plants!

    Camp session (two weeks) — August 8 through August 19

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Camp: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session!

    Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks