Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • October
  • 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.

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Friday Nov 7, 2014 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to start planning your holiday shopping. The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to start planning your holiday shopping. The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
  • Annual Museum Shoppers’ Day
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    maine-watercolor-painting-the-red-tree-gilsland-farm-falmouth-maineFor one day only! Visit all your favorite museum shops in one convenient location at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. Find the perfect gift, from books and music to gift memberships, while supporting your local cultural and environmental organizations.


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  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Nov 15, 2014 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! Mid November can host a variety of birds: from swarms of sparrows to the hoards of geese and of course the potential for rare birds to show up! 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.

  • Maine Audubon Night at Bayside Bowl
    • Monday Nov 17, 2014 3:00 pm – 11:00 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!

  • Sabattus Pond – Van Trip
    • Saturday Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Few spots in Maine are more productive for waterfowl in the fall than Sabattus Pond. Located in Androscoggin County, this body of water attracts a variety of diving and dabbling ducks. So far this year, highlights have included: Canvasback, Redhead, both scaups, and hundreds of Ruddy Ducks.

    This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • 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.

  • Eyes On Owls: Three Shows
    • Sunday Dec 14, 2014 10:30 am – 4:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10.00 Child Members: $10.00
      Adult Non-members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $10.00

    Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species. People of all ages love this show – come get close and personal with live owls!
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  • 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.