Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • September
  • Exploring Nature & the Outdoors with Kids
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Join us for a nature-based program and book signing for families with young children.
    Hosted in partnership by Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)

    Featuring special guest, Yemaya St. Clair, co-author of
    Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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    Join us for a morning of fall crafts, exploration and fun! We will have some time indoors to be creative, learn about why leaves change color and habits of plants and animals in the fall. Then we will head outside to look for signs of fall. Come prepared for the whole family to explore our trails.*  Please bring a snack and appropriate clothing and footwear.

    Immediately following the program, we will enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments as we learn from our friends at AMC about their new book for families, Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Scheduled for release in October, copies of this book will be available to purchase the day of the event. You can learn more at AMC’s Kids Outdoors online community.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

    This event is part of the statewide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Sep 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:  What is happening in the pond?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • October
  • An Evening with John Bunker
    • Friday Oct 3, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    As part of our annual Apple Day celebration, we are pleased to present John Bunker, author of Not so Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchard of Palermo, Maine. Bunker will share a history of apple trees in Maine, how orchards help bees and other pollinators and how you can plant a successful apple tree in your yard.

    We will also have heirloom apples and hard cider and fruit wines from Kennebec Cider, Maine Mead Works and Urban Farm Fermentory. (21+ Please bring ID)

    Co-sponsored by Maine Historical Society.

    Many thanks to our sponsors!

    KCCLogoKennebec Cider was started by Ben and Betsy Parks-Stamm in 2009. Each fall at their farm in Winthrop, they press a blend of apples from their orchard and other local growers. They slowly ferment and age their ciders for up to a year at cold temperatures to preserve the crisp flavors of Maine apples. Their two hard ciders– traditional and blueberry– are unfiltered and bottle-conditioned for natural carbonation.

     

     

    Maine Mead Works

    Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. Using locally sourced honey, clear, pure water and our own proprietary yeast strain, we blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce distinctive wines at our meadery in downtown Portland, Maine. 

     

     

     

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    The Urban Farm Fermentory is focused on creating fermented products using locally sourced and seasonally available ingredients.

     

  • 27th Annual Apple Day Celebration
    • Saturday Oct 4, 2014 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

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    PressJoin us for the 27th annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate our historic apple orchards, learn about bees and pollinator habitat and more!

    - Crafts
    - Live music
    - Scavenger Hunt
    - Apple Toss
    - Cider Press
    - Face Painting
    - Live Beehive
    - Learn about bees and pollinators
    - Amazing membership deals!

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Oct 6, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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.

    This Session:  Owls

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • The Big Sit Bird Count
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    The Bit Sit is an annual international event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest.

    We sit inside a 17-foot circle in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm, counting every bird species we see or hear. Join us for as long as you like, no need to sign up ahead of time! Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise.

     

     

  • Birding in a Digital Age: Part One
    • Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part One of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.


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  • Birding in a Digital Age – Part Two
    • Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part Two of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.

    **Attendance of all three parts in not required. Each lecture will build on the one prior. Read the descriptions and join us for the topics that interest you.**

    This week will focus on using eBird, an online database collecting bird records from around the world and one of the best tools for birders to keep lists of the birds they have seen. Since its original launch in 2002, eBird has gone through several major upgrades making it easier to use and more fun to explore.

    We will begin with the basics: signing up and entering a simple checklist. After proving how easy that is, we’ll dive deeper and explore the data within eBird, create patch lists and experience first hand the great value that eBird offers.

    In the following weeks, we will cover many more topics:

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Oct 27, 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: Where do the birds go?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday Dec 16, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday Dec 17, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

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

  • Birding in a Digital Age – Part Three
    • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part Three of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.

    **Attendance of all three parts in not required. Each lecture will build on the one prior. Read the descriptions and join us for the topics that interest you.**

    This week we’ll explore how the smart phone has become one of the most important tools for birding in a digital age. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders (with an in-depth look at BirdLog) and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

  • November
  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Nov 3, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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.

    This Session:  Bats

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Maine Audubon Night at Bayside Bowl
    • Monday Nov 10, 2014 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Bayside Bowl
    • Free

    JBayside Bowloin us for a great night of food, drinks and bowling at Bayside Bowl!

    Bayside Bowl will donate 5% of profits from the bar and dinner. Bring your friends and family and have a great meal, enjoy some drinks and learn about Maine Audubon. We have a few lanes reserved for those who would like to bowl. Please contact us!

  • Let Us Be Thankful
    • Saturday Nov 22, 2014 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Let us come together to celebrate all that nature provides for us. We will learn some Native American traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts.  We will continue the learning and fun outside for the last part of the class.  Please bring a snack.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Nov 24, 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: How do bees survive the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • December
  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Dec 8, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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.

    This Session:  Night Tree

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • 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.