Events & Programs: Place


  • August
  • Paddle and Hiking Adventure
    • Saturday Aug 30, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00 - Non-members: $20.00

    Join co-directors Holly Twining and Cyndi Kuhn for a Saturday adventure on water and land. We will paddle with canoes and kayaks out to the island on Fields Pond and then take a hike.

    Then, we’ll continue our explorations on the water to look out for eagles, osprey, herons, loons, and much more.

    Please bring your lunch and call to let us know you’re coming.

  • September
  • Mushrooming Workshop
    • Saturday Sep 6, 2014 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $17.00 - Non-members: $22.00

    Join the Mushroom Maineiac, David Spahr, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase.

    Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

    Please call to register.

  • Nighttime Paddle
    • Monday Sep 8, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00
    • Children under 10 free

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard or, rent one of our canoes.

    Please call to register.

  • Raptor Identification
    • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    With our annual Hawk Watch right around the corner, join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist, as he prepares you for the fall migration of hawks. Near or far, raptors can be an identification challenge. Doug will explain techniques for identifying hawks, eagles, and falcons by size, color, and gestalt. We will also look at how weather and timing play important roles in a productive day hawk-watching.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Galapagos by Henry Nicholls
    • Thursday Sep 11, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to exotic creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. Henry Nicholls offers a lively history of the archipelago, charting its evolution from deserted wilderness to scientific resource and global ecotourism hot spot.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

     

     

     

  • Hawk Watch
    • Sunday Sep 14, 2014 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Venture up to Cadillac Mountain to watch amazing migrating raptors. Get expert help identifying accipiters, buteos, and falcons. Bring binos, water, and lunch.

    Please call FPAC to register.

  • Fall Wildflower Walk
    • Sunday Sep 21, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Join Maine Master Naturalist, Clare Cole, on an exploration of late season wildflowers.

  • Artist Reception: Celebrating Michael Vermette’s Paintings
    • Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for light refreshments as we gather with Michael Vermette to celebrate his work.

     

  • October
  • Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 12 free

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

    Moments of internal reflection, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered.

    Please bring your lunch.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle

     

     

  • Night Walk
    • Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Fall evenings at Fields Pond are magical. Bundle up and join us for a guided exploration of the nocturnal world that most of us never experience. The moon may even make an appearance.

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
    • Thursday Oct 9, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    “There was a time when universe meant all there is,” writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos.

    A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Fall Work Party
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action. Please call for details.

    If you have a group that you’d like to set up for a Work Party on a different date, let us know.

  • Nature Time for Homeschoolers
    • Thursday Oct 16, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00
    • Siblings half-price

    Perspective: Zooming in, Zooming out

    Homeschool scholars are invited to a daylong expedition of art and science with Lead Educator Cyndi Kuhn.

    During this daylong educational program, scholars will be challenged and engaged in high quality outdoor and conservation education intended to enhance your family’s current curricula. The group will be learning new material as well as applying their existing knowledge about our wonderful world.

    This is an outdoor day filled with a morning session of collecting information followed by lunch and downtime. In the afternoon we return to the field to express and apply our learning in creative ways. Drop off only. Bring lunch, snack and fresh water to drink, plus a change of clothing and shoes, as we may get wet and muddy.

  • Birds To Bears At Nome
    • Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Come and experience Alaska – the expanses of tundra covering the plains, hills and mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for birding and wildlife adventures.

    Maine travelers marveled at the brilliant breeding plumages of 75 species of birds, and were astonished by the herds of reindeer and muskox grazing the tundra. Bird species and large grazers, as well as grizzly bears were photographed from a safe distance.

    Presenters: Ron and Lee Davis, Al and Nancy Larson

  • November
  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Saturday Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Drawing from Nature
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $10/Family
    Use the natural world as your inspiration! Join Maine Master Naturalist, Connie Tuller, for a walk to collect some simple things, leaves, dead bark, etc., then we’ll draw with pencil and markers.
    Materials will be provided, or bring something of your own that you want to work with. Connie will show examples of what we can do beforehand. All experience levels are welcome.