Events & Programs: Fields Pond


216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • April
  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Thursday Apr 6, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

  • Teacher Workshop: Bringing Nature Home with Native Plants and Pollinators
    • Friday Apr 7, 2017 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 25.00

    Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order.

    This workshop is intended for teachers, educators, land trust representatives, and other community leaders who intend to increase the population of native plant, bird, and pollinator species on their schoolyard, land trust, or other community landscape. We will deliver content related to how important these species are and provide strategies for engaging youth and other audiences in the process. 


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  • Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Apr 8, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Volunteers wanted for a Spring day of service at Fields Pond.  Individuals, families, and groups are all welcome for routine seasonal maintenance and upkeep of our trails, building and grounds.

    All tools and supplies will be provided. Bring your own lunch; snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a service day on a different date.

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Monday Apr 10, 2017 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

  • Family Discovery Series: Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Apr 15, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $$20/family

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    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 is changing from winter to spring. Observation, 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. This program is intended for families to discover and learn together. Leader: Registered Maine Guide P. Daniel Ryan    
  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Guardians of the Earth
    • Wednesday Apr 19, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $150 Child Non-members: $200

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Choose the days you like or come for all three! Guest naturalists and artists will join us each day.

    Register for the entire session or individual days:

    Wednesday, April 19 Guardians of the Earth

    Thursday, April 20 Nature’s Recyclers

    Friday, April 21 Watershed Watchers

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Wednesday: Guardians of the Earth
    • Wednesday Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Wednesday, April 19 – Guardians of the Earth

     

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Thursday: Nature’s Recyclers
    • Thursday Apr 20, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about the role of decomposers in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Thursday, April 20 – Nature’s Recyclers

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Friday: Watershed Watchers
    • Friday Apr 21, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about how water flows through life in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Friday, April 21 – Watershed Watchers

  • Intro to Wildlife Photography with Doug Hitchcox
    • Saturday Apr 22, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

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    Photography offers endless opportunities and often new avenues to connect with nature. Join us at Fields Pond Audubon Center with our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a workshop on nature photography to learn tips and techniques on how to take great photos of wildlife and the scenes you may find (or create). This two hour workshop will begin inside to cover essentials from shooting techniques, ethical practices, and basic photo editing before going outside to explore Fields Pond and test your newly learned skills.


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  • May
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday May 3, 2017 – Wednesday Jun 14, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, May 3 – June 14

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


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  • Springfest at Fields Pond
    • Saturday May 13, 2017 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Fields Pond Audubon Center! Bring your favorite people, pack a snack and drop in for any or all of the day’s events. There will be lots to do and learn in a group or on your own. Activities include:

    • Morning birdwalk with Brude Barker and Jerry Smith  7- 8:30 am
    • Children’s activity area 10am-1pm
    • Birdathon registration 10am-1pm
    • Forest birdwalk 11am
    • Phenology walk 12pm
    • Self-guided scavenger hunts, story walk, bird sleuth activity, and more. 10am – 1pm
  • June
  • Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop
    • Friday Jun 2, 2017 8:45 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • 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.
  • Family Discovery Series: Phenology Walk
    • Saturday Jun 3, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Participate in citizen science at Fields Pond Audubon Center by recording observations along a short trail around the Center. Learn how to collect and record data using iNaturalist and eBird. Families will gather the basic skills needed to keep track of important timing of natural events such as when flowers and fruits are visible and what pollinators and birds are present. We will observe native plants, shrubs and trees then look and listen for butterflies, bees, and birds along the trail.


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  • Foraging for Wild Edibles with David Spahr
    • Sunday Jun 11, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20.00 - Non-members: $30.00

    ​This workshop​ will include walking the woods to find edible wild food along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of the plants. Please be prepared for the weather and for a moderate amount of physical activity.

    David Spahr has been foraging for 60 years. He is the author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada and a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc​iation. ​


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  • July
  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Wild Things
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

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    Join us for a week long adventure filled with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games. We will explore the diversity of Fields Pond with a focus on the majestic forest, brilliant meadow, cool pond, awesome lake and sensational streams while learning about the species depend on these places for survival.

    This program requires release forms. Please download, fill out and return the forms prior to the start of the program.


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  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Keeping the Balance
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

    This week we will immerse ourselves into the diversity of Fields Pond with a focus on native plants and pollinators and how to encourage a nature balance in and around your home. Additionally we will learn how to collect and record data as a citizen scientist.


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  • August
  • Camp E.Y.E.S. – Emergent Youth Ecology Squad
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

    Junior naturalists age 11-13 who are interested in wildlife and nature will enjoy this summer program that explores local ecological and conservation-based topics in detail. Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data. Each day is designed to cover a topic in great detail and intended to build individual community and home connections.

    Outings each day on and off trail on our 213 acre preserve will include a canoe trip at week’s end. Guest scientists will join us throughout the week.

     Scholarships available!


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