Events & Programs: Place

  • January
  • Beavers in Winter
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    Did you know that beavers don’t hibernate? How do they survive the winter? What is life like locked under the ice? Discover more about this amazing creature, it’s family life and the challenges they face each winter.

    All ages are welcome – family friendly!



  • Winter Work Party
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 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. Lunch will be provided. 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.


  • Homeschool Field Trip
    • Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00
    • Siblings half-price

    Adaptations: Migrate, Hibernate, Activate! Homeschool scholars ages 7-12 are invited to a daylong expedition of art and science with Lead Educator Cyndi Kuhn. 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 water bottle. Snow gear, a change of clothing and shoes are also needed.

  • Winter Birding in Greater Bangor
    • Saturday Jan 17, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Jerry Smith for a four-hour excursion around greater Bangor looking for wintering feathered friends. Pre-trip scouting will determine where we go and what we might see. We’ll hope for waxwings, winter finches and waterfowl.

    Snow date: Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Trip Leader: Jerry Smith

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Being “Stream-Smart:” Culverts and Wildlife
    • Thursday Jan 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Streams are important habitat for fish and other wildlife. 85% of wildlife species either live in or use aquatic habitats throughout the year to breed, travel, and find food and water.

    But in Maine, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, river otters and other wildlife get “stuck” at decaying, undersized stream culverts. One of the least visible elements of our build infrastructure, stream culverts allow roads to cross Maine’s vast network of streams. Surveys show that up to 90% of Maine culvert crossings make movement difficult or impossible for wildlife at least part of the year. When wildlife habitat is fragmented like this, it can result in population declines and the loss of species.

    Join Barbara Charry, biologist with Maine Audubon, to learn about Stream-Smart culvert designs and how we can connect fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety.


  • February
  • Moonlit Snowshoe Hike
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the moon. Enjoy a hot drink back in the center to warm up.

  • Winter Writing Workshop: What Would a Bear Write?
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Explore your inner bear through poetry and short-story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal-loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.

    Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer and conservationist


  • Prepping for the Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this annual citizen science project. This year’s count takes place February 13-16, 2015.


  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come. Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an ice-free Arctic.

    Events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years are considered in this fascinating book.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Winter Tree Identification
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Join Steve Sader for a tree identification walk. Learn how to identify evergreen conifers and hardwood trees in their leaf-off condition using clues of their size, form, habitat; buds, leaf scars, fruit and bark characteristics.

    You will also learn how to use a winter plant key to identify unknown species. Steve will demonstrate how to measure tree heights and tree diameter using simple instruments. Bring binoculars and a hand lens, if you have them.

    Leader: Steve Sader, University of Maine Forest Vegetation ID Instructor


  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 – Friday Feb 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed each day with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Join us for one day or both!

    Wednesday, February 18:

    Migrate, Hibernate, Activate – Who does what?
    We will investigate animal tracks, create a shelter to hibernate in and explore the migration of some of our favorite wildlife. Along the way we will learn about the amazing adaptations animals use to survive the winter.

    Friday, February 20:  

    A Winter Day of Play

    Winter is in full force and the ice and snow are piling up. Hooray! We will stay warm playing winter games atop the ice and snow and weather permitting, we will explore Fields Pond during a winter hike. Learn about staying warm, active and well during this splendid day of play.

  • Busy Bees: Buzzing & Building
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Bring the whole family and learn about bees and all of the work they do to pollinate our plants. Come and check out hives and raw honey. We will also have tips on how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker


  • Maine Wildlife in a Changing Climate
    • Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    “The warning signs are getting harder to ignore.”

    That’s a direct quote from a recent article in the Boston Globe about climate change impacts in Maine.

    Maine Audubon’s biologists, citizen scientists and staff closely monitor and study our wildlife and habitat and we know that climate change is already having a devastating impact on Maine wildlife.

    Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, as we share some of our key findings about the effects of climate change on wildlife and what we are doing to help Maine wildlife foster resistance and resiliency to climate change.