Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • January
  • Native Plant Propagation for the Classroom
    • Wednesday Jan 25, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $25 - Non-members: $25

    Sowing native seeds, making seed bombs, and studying local wildlife food webs are excellent tools for encouraging social and environmental responsibility by engaging students and communities in stewardship, citizen science, and advocacy.

    Join master propagator and educator Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project, and Maine Audubon professional development trainers for a 3-hour workshop for teachers and community leaders. Workshop participants will learn to sow several varieties of native seeds for no-maintenance winter propagation and will make seed bombs. We’ll also explore aligning classroom activities and student products that this work can inspire and support.

    Certificates of completion indicating contact hours and scholarships are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls at [email protected] to request a scholarship.

     

  • February
  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Feb 4, 2017 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.

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

  • National Bird Feeding Month Celebration!
    • Saturday Feb 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Join Maine Audubon in celebrating National Bird Feeding month!

    Offering birds food and water nurtures them through the harsh winter, and allows us to observe them up close. It also provides an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the natural world right outside our windows. Visit our Nature Store at Gilsland Farm for tips and resources to help you transform your backyard into a bird sanctuary.

    We will be offering informal talks throughout the day on topics like:

    • Selecting the right feeders and food for different species
    • The importance of providing a source of clean water
    • Baffling those pesky squirrels
    • …and more!

    Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will be on hand to answer your questions. We will also be selling winter bird seed at reduced prices and sampling our new bird-friendly coffees!

    Nature Store logoFor Maine Audubon Members Only: Double discount (20% savings) on all bird feeders and bird feeder accessories.

  • Birding with your Smartphone
    • Tuesday Feb 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join us for an evening talk about how the smartphone has become one of the most important tools for birding recently. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders 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.

  • Project WILD and Winter Ecology Educator Workshop
    • Friday Feb 10, 2017 8:45 am – 2:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Winter Ecology and Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students regarding winter ecology and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.  Participants will learn about winter through outdoor field study and activities and will be able to browse resources including literature connections.

    All participants receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide which focuses on wildlife and habitat. It is organized into topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these multi-disciplinary activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities, or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.

    What teachers say about Project winter-kidsWILD and Maine Audubon workshops:

    • “Thanks so much. It was a wonderfully inspirational workshop. I want to do EVERYTHING!!!!” Lori Safford, Carrabassett Valley Academy:
    • Project WILD is highly adaptable to different grade levels, student populations, and learning styles. The activities are adaptable to various time frames, activity sites, and subject areas.
    • The guide is full of activities that can be done in the classroom, the schoolyard, or on field trips.
    • Teachers give high praise to Project WILD’s “learning by doing” orientation to workshops and report reaching students at all ability levels with Project WILD.
  • Intro to Wildlife Photography
    • Saturday Feb 11, 2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 2.35.28 PMPhotography offers endless opportunities and often new avenues to connect with nature. Join 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 Gilsland Farm and test your newly learned skills.

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

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a lecture on how to identify these often confusing but common birds.

    There is also a field trip on February 18 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in.

    Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for trip around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart. Our first stop will be at the boat launch at the Eastern Promenade (see map link above).

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    wintercarnival-rotatorCelebrate winter with Maine Audubon! Join us for our fourth annual winter carnival and enjoy outdoor and hands-on activities for all ages. Plus, learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    We’ll have a scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station, and giant snow shelter. You can rent snowshoes and explore the trails at Gilsland Farm and enjoy arts & crafts activities indoors. There will be music, refreshments, and more!

    FREE for Maine Audubon members.

  • February Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Friday Feb 24, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $220 Child Non-members: $280

    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.

    Single day registration available if space allows by calling 207-781-2330 x 273 

    (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 Camp (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Friday Feb 24, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Join us during February 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). Each day has its own theme, but contribute to the week’s theme: Winter Adaptations.

    Tuesday: Snow & Ice

    Wednesday: Birds in Winter

    Thursday: Tracking

    Friday: Predators & Prey

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible if space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273
  • February Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Feb 24, 2017 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 winter 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.

  • March
  • eBird Primer
    • Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    eBird.org has quickly grown as one of the most important and valuable tools for modern birders. This citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, can help you learn when and where to see any bird, how to hear about the latest rare bird sightings, and even keep you life list up to date.

    Join our staff naturalist (and one of Maine’s eBird reviewers), Doug Hitchcox, for an evening program on how to efficiently use this free tool.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Why 21st Century Children Need Nature
    • Thursday Mar 9, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring David Sobel of Antioch New England, this event is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series.

    The original kindergarten – the children’s garden–conceived by German educator Friedrick Froebel in the 19th century, was a place where children learned through play, often in nature. That idea is fast eroding.  Children aren’t playing in the garden anymore; instead they’re filling in bubbles in worksheets. The new movement of nature-based early childhood education can reverse that trend. There are thousands of forest kindergartens throughout Europe and new programs opening every month in North America. Let’s examine the promise of this healthy approach towards living and learning outdoors with young

    David Sobel is Senior Faculty in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England. He is the author of the newly released Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning. He serves as a professional development and place-based education curriculum consultant to schools throughout the country and has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for a variety of school and environmental institutions.

    Maine Magazine is the media sponsor of the Maine Audubon Speaker Series.
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  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Mar 11, 2017 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.

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

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Thursday Mar 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    If it swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? But did you know there have actually been 45 species of ducks (plus geese and swans) seen in Maine! In this workshop our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will discuss the natural history of this family, the finer points of identifying these species, where and when to see them.

    This workshop is highly recommended for anyone coming on the Learn the Ansers Field Trip on March 25th but anyone with an interest in this diverse family should attend.

    *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.

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • 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.

    There is a Learn the Answers Workshop on March 23 that is highly recommended for anyone coming on this field trip.

    *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.

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

  • April
  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our April 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.

    Single day registration available as space allows by calling 207-781-2330 x 273 

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

    Monday 4/17: Migratory Monday

    Campers will learn about incredible journey of migration and see what birds are coming back to Maine.

     

    Tuesday 4/18: Natural Performers

    Learn about various Maine animals and their adaptations to attract a mate, defend their home and babies! Perform what they have learned!

     

    Wednesday 4/19: Home Sweet Home

    Campers will be able to create and discover various nests and shelters of Maine Audubon’s wildlife.

     

    Thursday 4/20: Spring Stewards

    Earth Day! Campers will create interpretive signs for their favorite spots on our Sanctuary to share with the public and spend time caring for the Earth in a stewardship project.

     

    Friday 4/21: Spring into Action!

    Live Animal Show! Many animals prepare for spring and summer in different ways.  We will take a trip to the pond to study the different things parents do from spring time to summer time!

     

     

  • Look What I Found! April Vacation Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $210/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $290/wk

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! We will explore and enjoy nature through hands-on exploration, art, stories, and songs, so come prepared for both indoor and outdoor fun. Each day has its own theme, but daily activities tie into a week-long focus on habitats and stewardship.

    Monday: Habitat Connections

    Tuesday: Animal Journeys

    Wednesday: Who Lives in the Pond?

    Thursday: Earth Day

    Friday: Animals up Close

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible as space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273