Events & Programs: Place


  • March
  • Moonlight Snowshoe
    • Tuesday Mar 3, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Join Holly Twining to roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the moon.

    Snowshoes available in limited quantities please bring your own if you have them.

    Please call 989-2591 to register.​

  • Greater Bangor Birding Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Join Doug Hitchcox on a trip to a few of his favorite locations he birded during his ‘college-days’. Early March is a great transition from winter to spring birds, so let’s track down some feathered friends and reminisce.

    Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans by Laura Hobgood-Oster
    • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Canines and humans have depended upon one another for tens of thousands of years. Humans took the initial steps of domesticating canines, but somewhere through the millennia, dogs began to affect the future of their masters. Hobgood-Oster reveals how the relationship has been marked by both love and exploitation.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Winter Writing Workshop: What Would a Bear Write?
    • Saturday Mar 14, 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

     

  • Owl Prowl
    • Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Caribou Bog, Orono
    • Price: $5.00

    March is when owls are most active. They’re hooting to establish pairs and territories. We’ll take a walk into the woods to hear and possibly see feathered nocturnal beauties. Please bring a flashlight.

  • Yoga & Nature
    • Saturday Mar 21, 2015 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $40.00 - Non-members: $50.00

    Celebrate the spring equinox! Join us for a yoga workshop in southern Maine to welcome in the season of renewal and growth. Local yoga teachers along with Maine Audubon naturalist/yoga teacher Holly Twining will offer up a movement journey.

    We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration. Beginners are welcome.

  • Signs of the Seasons Training
    • Monday Mar 30, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Signs of the Seasons is a citizen science program that trains volunteers to observe and record phenology, which is the timing of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Program training includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted.

    Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in their own backyard, schoolyard or other community location. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

    Visit http://umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/  for more information on the Signs of the Seasons program or e-mail questions to Elissa Koskela elissa.koskela@maine.edu.

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program in partnership with: the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Audubon, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, University of New Hampshire Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine.

    Monarch Photo by Gene Nieminen, US Fish and Wildlife

  • Night Sounds
    • Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Come and enjoy the nature center grounds as darkness descends. We’ll hope to hear amphibians, owls, and woodcock.

    Wear footwear suitable for wet, muddy conditions.

  • April
  • Wild Theatre
    • Saturday Apr 4, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $20.00

    Kids, come and enjoy nature with a theatrical twist! Parents will drop off their young actors and budding naturalists to rehearse a short nature-based play or story book. An outdoor exploration will be a fun break in the theatrics. Parents return (bring more family and friends) to watch the performance.

    For all ages, no experience necessary.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Thursday Apr 9, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

    Tracing the evolution of extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines to provide a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Wild Poetry: a nature writing workshop
    • Saturday Apr 11, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month! Set your imagination free and explore the wonders of nature.

    Enjoy an outdoor adventure, hear great poetry (bring a favorite sample), write your own poetry, and share your writing and/or art.

     

  • Penobscot Valley Stargazers: Presentation and Stargazing
    • Monday Apr 13, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Enjoy a presentation and then get outdoors to take a close look at the stars with the Penobscot Valley Stargazers.

    Lucy Albert, guest from the Acadia Astronomical Society, will presentJames Webb Space Telescope – Update on the Next Space Telescope.

     

  • Homeschool Field Trip
    • Friday Apr 17, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00
    • Siblings half-price

    Earth Stewards 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.

  • Spring Work Party
    • Saturday Apr 18, 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 served or bring your own. Please call 989-2591 for details or if you’re group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party in March or May.

  • Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine Presents: Adventures in Baxter State Park and the Maine Woods Initiative
    • Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Peter Roderick who was recently awarded the title, “Mr. AMC” will share some winter adventures in Baxter State Park and tell us about AMC’s 67,000 acre Maine Woods Initiative.  Members of the MWI committee as well as staff from the Greenville office will be present to answer questions.

    AMC has created a place of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land in the 100 mile wilderness, the last really wild stretch of the Appalachian Trail before Katahdin. A partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski.

    6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. presentation

  • May
  • Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
    • Monday May 4, 2015 – Monday May 25, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $30.00 Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure.

    Be prepared to enjoy the outdoors!

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Bird Sense: What It’s Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead and Katrina van Grouw
    • Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Combining a wealth of bird facts with a winning modesty in the face of these creatures’ essential mysteriousness, Bird Sense is a richly persuasive volume. This fascinating book has much to teach us, not just about what it means to be a bird, but about the rewards and responsibilities of our coexistence with these wonderful creatures.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Outdoor Photography Workshop
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $12.00

    Search, find, and photograph with Andy Anderson. We’ll focus on nature up close as we take a look at macro photography. Please bring along a tripod for your camera if you own one.

    For a sample of Andy’s photography, visit kingfisherphotography.com.

    Leader: Andy Anderson, Nature Photographer

  • Fields Pond Paddle
    • Friday May 29, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Join us on a paddle as day shifts into night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent a canoe from us.

    Please register by calling FPAC.

  • Herbal Adventure 
    • Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20.00 - Non-members: $25.00

    Take an herb walk with Jessi Sader then blend herbal tea of your own. Learn about local plants with health benefits and how to plan your own medicinal herb garden.

    Cost includes herbs and fillable tea bags.

  • June
  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 13, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19