Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • July
  • Defining a Nuisance – Pollution, Science and Environmental Politics on Maine’s Androscoggin River
    • Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Maine Historical Society
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5.00

    Presented in partnership with Maine Historical Society (MHS).

    This lecture takes place at MHS (489 Congress Street).

    Speaker: Wallace Scot McFarlane

    AndroscogginBased on original research from an honors project completed at Bowdoin College in 2009 and a subsequent article published in Environmental History, Scot McFarlane explores the birth of the environmental movement in Maine by focusing on the heavily polluted Androscoggin River. 

    Whether because of the unsightly sludge or nausea-inducing odors, starting in the 1940s, Mainers found it impossible to ignore the Androscoggin. Scientists created novel methods of cleaning the river only to find that citizens were losing their patience with the limited results and unintended consequences of these large-scale experiments.

    Scot McFarlane’s honors thesis was a co-winner of the 2009 Bowdoin History Department’s Class of 1875 Prize in American History. In 2011, he received a master of arts degree in teaching from Tufts University while simultaneously teaching humanities at Codman Academy Charter School in Boston. Currently, Scot McFarlane teaches history and writing at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon; he will be starting a PhD in history at Columbia this fall.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II
    • Friday Jul 25, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to dedicated Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 - Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $400 Child Non-members: $440

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us.

    Camp Session (2 weeks):

    • Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
    • Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Monday Aug 18, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every Monday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $50

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

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

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

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

  • August
  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $265 Child Non-members: $305

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

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  • Making the Most out of Maine’s Backyard Gardens: A Naturalist’s View
    • Wednesday Aug 6, 2014 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Maine Historical Society
    • Free

    Baltimore OriolePresented in partnership with Maine Historical Society (MHS).

    This garden lecture takes place at MHS, 489 Congress Street, Portland.

    How have Maine gardens changed over time? One way is the many invasive species that have entered Maine over the past decades, altering our landscapes and forcing plant species, wildlife, and humans to adapt.

    Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, joins us to talk about the history of changes to our backyard gardens, and how we can best plan for and create beneficial garden environments that attract the right kinds of creatures–including birds, favorable insects, and other wildlife. Join us for this walk-and-talk workshop in one of the loveliest garden spots in Portland.

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Aug 11, 2014 – Friday Aug 15, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $220

    Campers will explore the ponds, meadows, forests and salt marsh in search of creatures of all sizes. We will play fun and educational animal-themed games.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call to check availability

     

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Maine Audubon Hosts Portland Green Drinks
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10 General Admission; $5 with drinking vessel

    Greendrinks LogoMaine Audubon is excited to host the August edition of Portland Green Drinks!

    Join us for great conversation, beer and networking with people interested in taking action on behalf of wildlife and the environment.

    Learn about Maine Audubon’s work in the community, including the upcoming Water Bond on the November ballot, the status of Piping Plovers and more! We will have lawn games and membership deals throughout the event. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22


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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22

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  • Summer Camp: Too Cool For School
    • Monday Aug 18, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240

    It’s hot! Learn how animals keep themselves cool during the hottest days of the summer. We will find the coolest places at Gilsland Farm to play games, make crafts and learn how animals have evolved to ‘stay cool.’

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22
  • Wildflower Walk
    • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $15

    Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still many flowers to find and observe. We’ll focus on the natural history and identification of the plants we find using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This book utilizes a simple and elegant key system, and with a little practice, it’s easy to use. If you have a copy of Newcomb’s please bring this with you (other field guides are welcome too).

  • September
  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip
    • Saturday Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $125 - Non-members: $160

    Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!

    Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, a rare great skua, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, razorbills, common murres, five different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna.

    Important information about this trip: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2014  [pdf]