Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • December
  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Dec 29, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Who sleeps in the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • January
  • Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 – Tuesday Mar 17, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Session 1: Signs of Winter
    Themes include:

    * Cozy homes for the winter
    * Animal Signs
    *Winter Birds
    *Winter Adaptations
    * Groundhog’s Day
    * Snow Science
    * and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 2/17)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Wednesdays)
    • Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 – Wednesday Mar 18, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Session 1: Signs of Winter
    Themes include:

    • Cozy homes for the winter
    • Animal Signs
    • Winter Birds
    • Winter Adaptations
    • Groundhog’s Day
    • Snow Science
    • and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 2/18)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday Jan 8, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 1: Tools of the Trade – Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, and much more.

     

  • January is for FOYs 2015
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $40

    With the start of the year it is time to begin a new “year list”– a list of all this birds that you see within a year. Birders casually refer to a bird that they have seen for the first time in a year as a “FOY” (ˈfȯi), short for First of Year. Traveling by van, we will devote the day to seeing as many bird species, or as many FOYs, as we can and have a good start to our year lists. There will not be any set route for this trip as we will go where the birds are but we will mostly be staying in the southern and coastal region.

  • Introduction to E.Y.E.S.: Emerging Youth Ecology Squad
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $35 Child Non-members: $45

    Watch nature like a hawk!

    Come see what our new E.Y.E.S. program has in store for your budding youth naturalist.

    Campers in grades K-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this Saturday program that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply.  Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.  Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here.  You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff!

    Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!

    This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors.  The program runs from 10am to 2pm.

  • Nature Yoga For Families
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 or Drop in $15 Child Non-members: $15.00 or Drop in $20
    • Members $5 additional child Nonmembers $10 additional child

    January’s theme:  Plants and animals in winter

    We invite you and your family to our new Nature Yoga For Families series. We will use a unique combination of storytelling, yoga postures and movement to keep you engaged. All you need to bring is your imagination! Come early or stay late to play in our Discovery room, visit our Nature Store and bring a snack to enjoy.

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

    Instructor: Abby Brennan. Abby also teaches at Greener Postures, Maine Yoga Kids, Riverbend Yoga and Jade Integrated Health.

     

     

     

     

  • Portland Patches: Back Cove
    • Tuesday Jan 13, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Back Cove, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    Back Cove offers a variety of birds to enjoy, especially in the winter: ducks, gulls, and this year has a good chance for a Snowy Owl! Not a bad way to start a patch list.

    Meet our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, in the parking lot off Preble Street in Portland (see the map link above). From here you’ll bird the Back Cove area and see what amazing birds occur so close to a bustling city.

  • Naturalist’s Forum: State of the Birds
    • Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Bird populations are constantly changing. A total of 445 species have been recorded in Maine: some have been here for a long time, while others are fairly new. Some are ‘accidental’ while others ‘introduced’. A few of those species have been extricated and we may never see them again.

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for an explanation of some of the major changes and fluctuations occurring with Maine’s birds.

    The ‘”Naturalist’s Forum” is a monthly lecture series (free to members) designed to connect you with a variety of nature-based topics. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

  • Birding Basics: Identify Birds
    • Thursday Jan 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 2: Identifying birds – There are 10,000 birds in the world, 455 have occurred in Maine, but which is the 1 you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

  • Wings of Winter Field Trip
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Greater Portland Area
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $40

    This annual field trip explores several of greater Portland’s birding hot spots.

    Starting at Back Cove, we will scan for waterfowl, then work our way around the East End to Portland’s waterfront to check the congregations of gulls for unusual species, including: Iceland, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed. From there we will cross the bridge to Willard Beach and work our way along the Cape Elizabeth shore to Portland Head Light, Two Lights State Park and Kettle Cove (time and weather permitting).

    Expect to see loons, grebes, Great Cormorant, at least eight duck species, and other seabirds. Luck may turn up a Barrow’s Goldeneye, Brant or possibly a King Eider.

    *Information packet coming soon!

  • Nature Explorers: Maine Animals in the Winter
    • Monday Jan 26, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Where do Maine animals spend the winter?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • February
  • Outdoors with Kids: Winter Wonderland
    • Tuesday Feb 3, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $20.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Come celebrate the Snow Full Moon with indoor activities and a walk on the trails. We will spend the first part of the evening inside learning about where snow comes from and how it helps animals survive. We will then head outside to explore by moonlight and reconvene inside to enjoy a snack and hot beverage together.

    Please come prepared for all members of your family to walk the trails, including traction devices (recommended) for boots and flashlights/headlamps (which hopefully we won’t need!).

    Space is limited. Registration is required for this event. This event is part of our new series with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is required for this event. Call by 4:30pm on Tuesday February 3 to see if there is space for a drop-in.

     

     

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • Nature Yoga For Families
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 or Drop in $15 Child Non-members: $15.00 or Drop in $20
    • Members $5 additional child Nonmembers $10 additional child

    February’s theme:  Celebrate mid-winter

    We invite you and your young family to our new Nature Yoga For Families series. We will use a unique combination of storytelling, yoga postures and movement to keep you engaged. All you need to bring is your imagination! Come early or stay late to play in our Discovery room, visit our Nature store and bring a snack to enjoy.

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

    Instructor: Abby Brennan. Abby also teaches at Greener Postures, Maine Yoga Kids, Riverbend Yoga and Jade Integrated Health.

     

  • Birding Basics: Attracting Birds
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 3: You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to know where to go to find birds.

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $Free Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $7.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Winter Kids OutsideJoin us for a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    New this year!

    We will launch the first book in our new children’s book series, A Snowy Owl Story (in partnership with Islandport Press).

    Saturday, February 14, 2015
    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7/general admission

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowy owls interactive display, readings and book signing
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs and citizen science projects
    • Music, refreshments & more!

    Maine Audubon’s Winter Carnival is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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  • February Vacation Camp
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 – Friday Feb 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60/day $220/wk Child Non-members: $75/day $280/wk

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February 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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).


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  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    Theme: The Wonders of Winter

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    Theme: Winter Animal Homes

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

     

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Thursday Feb 19, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    Theme: Winter Birds

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

     

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • February Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Feb 20, 2015 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.

  • Portland Patches: Gulls on the Waterfront
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify. To paraphrase Steve N.G. Howell: “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart.

    p.s. We will finish near Becky’s Diner, so if participants want to warm up with a cup of coffee and keep talking gulls, please join us for this ‘extension’.

  • Nature Explorers: Snow
    • Monday Feb 23, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: How does snow form and how does it help animals survive?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday Feb 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
    • Saturday Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday Apr 11, 2015
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Saturdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $225 Child Non-members: $275

    Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades K-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply.  Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.  Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here.  You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff! Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!

    Sample weekly topics and themes include:

    • Where are they now?  – tracking for fun and research
    • Backyard birds — who are we seeing and what does that mean?
    • Short migrations, epic journeys – incredible trips that turtles, salamanders, frogs, even bats all make
    • First signs of summer – looking more closely at plant progression and animals migrating back
    • Habitat connections — using mapping and our own creativity to make links for wildlife

    This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors.  The program runs from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Saturdays.

  • March
  • Nature Yoga For Families
    • Saturday Mar 7, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 or Drop in $15 Child Non-members: $15.00 or Drop in $20
    • Members $5 additional child Nonmembers $10 additional child

    March’s theme:  Think spring!

    We invite you and your young family to our new Nature Yoga For Families series. We will use a unique combination of storytelling, yoga postures and movement to keep you engaged. All you need to bring is your imagination! Come early or stay late to play in our Discovery room, visit our Nature store and bring a snack to enjoy.

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

    Instructor: Abby Brennan. Abby also teaches at Greener Postures, Maine Yoga Kids, Riverbend Yoga and Jade Integrated Health.

     

  • Birding Basics: Birding by Ear
    • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 5: Spring is right around the corner and that means the birds will be 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.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Mar 14, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • Birding Basics: Making it Count
    • Thursday Mar 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 6: Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 28, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Abagadasset River Mouth
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    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.

    *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.

  • Nature Explorers: Coming out of Hibernation
    • Monday Mar 30, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Who is returning/awakening and how can you help them?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    *This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 – Tuesday Jun 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Session 2: Signs of Spring
    Themes include:

    • Animals Waking Up
    • Maple Syrup
    • Signs of Spring
    • Backyard Birds
    • Bees & Pollinators
    • Rainbow Gardens
    • Vernal Pools
    • and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 4/21)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

     

  • April
  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Wednesdays)
    • Wednesday Apr 1, 2015 – Wednesday Jun 10, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $100.00 Child Non-members: $150.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Session 2: Signs of Spring
    Themes include:

    • Animals Waking Up
    • Maple Syrup
    • Signs of Spring
    • Backyard Birds
    • Bees & Pollinators
    • Rainbow Gardens
    • Vernal Pools
    • and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 4/22)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds, and hopefully some of our early returning southern migrants.

  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday Apr 20, 2015 – Friday Apr 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60/day $280/wk Child Non-members: $75/day $355/ wk

    We welcome all campers from kindergarten through fifth grade!  Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days.
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  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Monday Apr 20, 2015 – Thursday Apr 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $220/wk

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Monday, April 20 -  Gardening for Wildlife     

    Tuesday, April 21 -  Spring is Awakening

    Wednesday, April 22 -  Earth Day Celebration

    Thursday, April 23 -  Pond Life

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 24, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

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    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.

  • Nature Explorers: Attracting Wildlife to your Yard
    • Monday Apr 27, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: What can you do to Attract Wildlife to your Yard?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.