Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • July
  • Wild Edibles Walk at Gilsland Farm
    • Friday Jul 3, 2015 9:00 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

     

    Photo by Josh Fecteau (http://joshfecteau.com/)

    Join naturalist and forager Josh Fecteau for an early summer wild edibles walk at Gilsland Farm. A diversity of habitats, from fields to wetlands to woods, makes this a fine location to engage the senses and observe a variety of edible plants. This walk is geared toward adults, but children are welcome to come along.

  • Summer Camp: Earth Investigations
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Are you ready to investigate your world around you?   Join us to take a closer look at animals, their behaviors, habitats and more in this action-packed week.  We will be visiting the Farmer’s Market to widen our investigations and knowledge.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 6 through 10

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

     

  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday Jul 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290

    Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection between wildlife and habitat and children will bring something home to further their learning.

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Naturalist Forum – Mathias Deming: East/West ME
    • Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Mathias Deming is a highschool student who sought to learn more about the East-West Corridor and produce a film about it.  Mathias describes the film as, “A short documentary about the proposed east/west corridor in the state of Maine. East/west ME highlights major hopes and concerns that surround this very controversial topic . The film follows me as I learned about the corridor, interviewing various people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas. The hope is that this film will educate and raise awareness about the east/west corridor.” Join us this month for a discussion with Mathias and a showing of his documentary.

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2015
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Atlantic PuffinWith its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise I [pdf]

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Have you ever wondered why animals come in all different sizes?  What makes them unique?  Come to this camp to discover the lives of Maine’s animals, both great and small.

    Camp session (5 day) — July 13 through 17

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
      9:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 14, 2015 – Thursday Jul 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Portland Green Drinks
    • Tuesday Jul 14, 2015 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10 General Admission; $5 with drinking vessel

    Greendrinks LogoMaine Audubon is excited to host the July edition of Portland Green Drinks! We will be joined by fellow conservation organizations, Maine Rivers and Trout Unlimited.

    Join us for great conversation, beer and networking with people interested in taking action on behalf of wildlife and the environment.

    We will have great membership deals, a plover photo booth and more! Come on out to Gilsland Farm and enjoy a beautiful evening with Maine Audubon.

  • Summer Camp: Animal Overload
    • Monday Jul 20, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Hundreds of animals consider Gilsland Farm home at some point in the year.  Join us to learn the who, what, when and where of these incredible creatures.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 20 through 24

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

     

  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    From the salamanders hiding under logs to squirrels’ nests in trees, we will search high and low for nature’s secrets. Mackworth Island will provide us an additional location to explore one day during this camp session.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 27 through 31

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20

    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!

    Themes:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *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 Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20

    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!

    Themes:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

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

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

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Adventures
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Who doesn’t love oceans, ponds, rain and snow?  Come to this week of camp if you love water in all its glorious forms. We will seek out all the aquatic locations of Gilsland Farm and visit Mackworth Island for an ocean study day as well! Camp session (5 day) — August 3 through 7 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290

    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2015
    • Friday Aug 7, 2015 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Friday Aug 14, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats?

    Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Naturalist Forum – Japan in Winter
    • Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Japan in Winter: a Crane and Sea-Eagle Spectacle! 

    Presented by Marie Jordan.  

    Japan has several claims to fame as a travel destination, but relatively few people think of the country as a wildlife destination-in winter!  Highlights of Marie’s trip included thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes found on the fabulous island of Kyushu, third largest of Japan’s four islands, and the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and majestic Steller’s Eagles on the larger island of Hokkaido.   She will include other bird species, interesting places and sights seen as she traveled through the country.

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • Summer Camp: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
    • Monday Aug 17, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Birds of a feather flock together, colonies of frogs and beavers share ponds, swarms of bees make our honey and schools of fish avoid being eaten by sharks and other predators.  We will learn about these animals and so much more during our last week of camp.

    Camp session (5 day) — August 17 through 21

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Wednesday Aug 26, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday August 19, after 8/19 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of http://www.advplay.com/ Adventure Play.

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • September
  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Sep 8, 2015 – Tuesday Dec 15, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $140.00 Child Non-members: $185.00
    • 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!

     Themes include:

    * Monarch Butterflies
    * Falling Leaves
    * An Apple a Day
    * Little Brown Bats
    *How seeds Travel
    * Life in the Pond
    *Hoots in the Night
    *Giving Thanks
    *Animals getting ready for Winter
    * and more!

    *14 Weeks (no class on 11/24)

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

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

     

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2015
    • Saturday Sep 12, 2015 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $135 - Non-members: $175

    Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!

    Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, a rare great skua, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, razorbills, common murres, five different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna.

    Important information about this trip: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2015

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Teaching About Wildlife in Your Backyard
    • Wednesday Sep 16, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $15 - Non-members: $20

    Research shows that experiences with nature everyday help to foster young children’s observation skills, sense of self/place, problem solving skills, and make connections to their worlds. This presentation is designed for anyone interested in attracting wildlife to their yard and sharing the experience with young children. Ample resources, activities and hands-on materials will be available. Light refreshments and snacks provided. 

    Some topics covered:

    • The Unbuilt Playground
    • Ways to foster a Sense of Place
    • How to keep children and wildlife safe
    • What does wildlife need to survive?
    • What to plant?!

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2015
    • Saturday Sep 19, 2015 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    Bald Eagle by Robert DentonWhen Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the bald eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles! We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

    Important information about this trip: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2015

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 – Thursday Oct 1, 2015
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $40 until Thursday September 17, after 9/17 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Sep 28, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme:  The pond at night

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • October
  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Oct 26, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme: Celebrate the Night

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • November
  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Nov 23, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme: Beaver Moon

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • December
  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Dec 21, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme:  Solstice Celebration

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • January
  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Thursday Jan 7, 2016 – Thursday Jan 14, 2016
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday December 30, after 12/30 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!