Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • March
  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • 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

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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
  • Speaker Series: Earth Day Film Festival 2017
    • Thursday Apr 20, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    MOFF_logo_black_1Join Maine Audubon for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Members of Maine Audubon and the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club receive a discounted entrance fee. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, beer from Allgash Brewing and wine from Chickadee Wines while watching conservation films! This event is 21+

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


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  • April Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Apr 21, 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 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.

    Please note:  This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older.  Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people.  Thank you!

  • Birding By Ear
    • Thursday Apr 27, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Spring is here and the birds will are singing! Being able to identify birds by their calls is a skill that will greatly improve your birding and help you quickly distinguish different species. This class will teach you techniques for remembering and identifying bird songs.


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  • May
  • Intro to Warblers
    • Thursday May 4, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Just in time for their spring arrival, our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will hold a workshop to teach you various techniques for identifying the gems of our forest: warblers. We will look at the diversity of the family, keys for identifying each species, and even spend time learning the songs and auditory cues to take your birding to the next level.

    This is a great opportunity to learn some of the birds we’ll be seeing on our free ‘Warbler Walks’ at Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Pond Park from May 8th through the 19th.


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  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday May 12, 2017 – Friday May 19, 2017
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Friday
    • Capisic Pond, Portland
    • Free

    Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Fridays during these ‘Warbler Walks’ we go birding at Capisic Pond which often holds unique species like Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireos, and waterbirds like Wood Ducks and Virginia Rails.

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  • Pollinator Parade & Festival
    • Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: FREE (parking pass required, see details below)

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, and more.

    11:30 am – Third Annual Pollinator Parade

    We’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Monarch Butterfly Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience. Melissa and Jada will be available to sign copies of the book.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park.

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!


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  • Little Big Day
    • Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $60

    Baltimore OrioleSpring migration is peaking… These are the days where it is possible to see over 100 species of birds in Maine. Birders often pick days around this time to perform a “Big Day” in which they’ll cover a range of habitats and see how many species they can track down in a single day. For this trip you can join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a day (7am to 3pm) full birds: shorebirds to warblers, and hawks to herons, we’ll see how many species we can track down!

    This is a van trip so space is limited. A packed lunch and snacks are recommended and plenty of bathroom stops will be made.

  • June
  • Native Plant Walk with Heather McCargo
    • Sunday Jun 4, 2017 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $7 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members - Non-members: $10

    Explore the wooded trails, open meadows and shorelines at Gilsland Farm and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. Heather will talk about which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, the threats to their survival, and inspire you with their unusual reproductive strategies, and ediblble and medicinal properties. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step to advocating for their preservation.


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  • Know Your Seabirds 2017
    • Tuesday Jun 6, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm a few days before so you’ll be ready to identify everything that we see during the trip. This will be a great chance to brush up on the differences between Arctic and Common Terns, or learn how to pick Common Murres out of groups of Razorbills


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  • Birds of Brownfield Bog 2017
    • Wednesday Jun 7, 2017 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Brownfield Bog
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 5:30 a.m.) Please call for availability!

    Image: US Fish & Wildlife ServiceBrownfield Bog, in the Saco River’s floodplain, is a fascinating complex of small peatlands, ponds, maple swamps, and meandering watercourses that harbor some of Maine’s more uncommon breeding birds. The Yellow-throated Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest in the deciduous forest along the water’s edge; both cuckoo species, thrushes, and sapsuckers can be found in the surrounding forest. There is no better place to study the different songs and habits of both Alder and Willow Flycatchers. Hooded Mergansers and Common Goldeneye compete with the Wood Ducks for the nesting boxes posted around the wetland. Hidden among the reeds may be found American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora, and we’re sure to hear and see Wilson’s Snipe.

    There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 5:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Brownfield Bog (use the link above or contact Doug at the number below for directions).


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  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 9, 2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 - Non-members: $100

    WatchingRAZOs A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
    Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.


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  • Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
    • Wednesday Jun 14, 2017 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Member Adult and Member Child - Free, Non-Member Adult $7, Non-Member Child $7
    • Children under 2 free
    Peony and Kids***THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE***
    Maine Audubon relies on the support of our members, donors and volunteers to carry out our mission of wildlife conservation and education.

    Our Peony Circle of Friends honors those members who have supported us for over twenty years. We invite you to celebrate this special group of supporters at the 2017 Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.

    We invite you to bring your family and friends and enjoy the start of summer at Maine Audubon!

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  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2017
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Vesper Sparrow

    In heavily forested Maine, large grasslands are uncommon, and so are the birds for which they provide habitat. This ecologically significant area hosts several state endangered species, and provides habitat for some of the rarest breeding birds in Maine.  On this morning walk we will look for some of these species, including: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Prairie Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow.

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


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  • Explorers Session 1: Pollinators
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    June 19-23 – Pollinators
    How do honeybees help apple trees? What do monarchs need to grow? We’ll explore the important role that bugs, birds, and bats play in a plant’s life cycle.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 1
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will focus on how various aquatic species travel to fulfill their lifecycle.  This session include a field trip to Mill Creek in Freeport where we will explore the importance of the creek to fish and other wildlife.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 19-23

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


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  • Family Fun: Summer Session 1
    • Thursday Jun 22, 2017 – Thursday Jul 20, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    June 22 – Pollinators
    June 29 – Bird songs
    July 13 – Frogs and friends
    July 20 – What do you do with a tail like this?

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

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

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


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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Butterflies and Bees
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 2
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will look at how the ocean plays a significant role for Maine Wildlife. This session features a full day at Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 26-30

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


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  • July
  • Explorers Session 2: Earth Art
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    July 10-14 – Earth Art
    What can we learn about nature by looking through an artist’s eye? How are art and science connected? We will find out through creative experimentation with different materials, techniques, and natural phenomena.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 1
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Campers will create a message “for the birds” while learning about their habitat needs.  We will visit a nearby beach to experience shorebird conservation in action.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 10-14

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


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  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2017
    • Saturday Jul 15, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Atlantic Puffin

    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 the dedication of 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 I [pdf]


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  • Summer Squash Session 2: Our Five Senses
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 2
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore important wildlife habitats that waterfront land provide Maine’s iconic species.  This session includes a day of outdoor exploration to Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 17-21

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


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  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2017
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    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 the dedication of 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]


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  • Explorers Session 3: Birds
    • Monday Jul 31, 2017 – Friday Aug 4, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    July 31-August 4 – Birds
    From goldfinches to Great Blue Herons, the world of birds is diverse and fascinating! We will learn about the lives of birds and what makes them unique, all while looking and listening for the birds around us.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 1
    • Monday Jul 31, 2017 – Friday Aug 4, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore how terrestrial and aquatic animals of Maine travel.  Campers will explore a former mill dam in Freeport and engineer ways to help wildlife cross road barriers.

    Camp session (5 days) –July 31-August 4

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


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  • August
  • Family Fun: Summer Session 2
    • Thursday Aug 3, 2017 – Thursday Aug 24, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    August 3 – Owls
    August 10 – Animal Baths
    August 17 – Spiders
    August 24 – Who lives in the Pond?

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

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

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


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  • Summer Squash Session 3: Things with Wings
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 2
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Campers will study the diverse forests of Maine and the species that depend on them throughout the year.  The session includes a day of forest exploration at Freeport’s Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 7-11

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


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  • Explorers Session 4: Animal Architects
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    August 14-18 – Animal Architects
    Animals build and create an amazing array of structures! From spider webs to beaver lodges, we will practice making our own as we discover how and why animals build the things they do.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 1
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will find out about how bats, moths, mosquitos and other wildlife species benefit humans. This session includes an optional evening evening family program to monitor moths and bats.  

    Camp session (5 days) – August 14-18

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


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  • Summer Squash Session 4: Who Lives Here?
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 2
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore how natural helpers like bees, butterflies, and birds take care of us in their own way.  This session includes a trip to Portland’s Farmers Market to see the “fruits of their labor”.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 21-25

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


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