Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • September
  • World Shorebirds Day Primer – Workshop
    • Thursday Sep 3, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    The second-annual Word Shorebirds Day is coming on September 6th and we want to help you prepare. Learning to identify shorebirds can be challenging: They come in all shapes and sizes. None very colorful, ranging from brown to gray. And we have had 47 different species of shorebirds occur in Maine! (48 including the now extinct Eskimo Curlew).

    Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a lesson in identifying this diverse family and learn how size, shape, color, habitat, voice, and behavior all play critical roles in learning these birds.

    To further help you prepare for World Shorebird Day, you can join Doug for a field trip visiting local hotspots with a focus on shorebirds on September 5th. Please register for that trip here.

  • World Shorebirds Day Primer – Field Trip
    • Saturday Sep 5, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    In honor of World Shorebird Day on September 6th, we want to teach you how to go shorebirding! Early September offers identification challenges between adult and immature birds, plus we may get lucky and see rarities such as Western or Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a van trip to local shorebird hotspots to study this diverse group as they stop over on their southbound migration. We will meet at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth at 7AM and travel by van.

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

    Get prepared for the field trip by attending the World Shorebirds Day Primer Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 3,  for a lesson on shorebirds and how size, shape, color, habitat, voice and behavior all play critical roles in identifying these birds.

  • 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 daily encounters with nature help to foster a young child’s observation skills, sense of self/place and problem solving skills. 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!

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Bats on the Brink
    • Thursday Sep 17, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    • This event is 21+

    The little brown bat was added to Maine’s endangered species list this year.

    Did you know that Maine has lost over 90% of its cave bats? Since 2006, the northeastern United States has lost over 5.7 million bats. The world’s only flying mammal, bats are critical to our ecoystem – and their rapidly declining numbers are cause for big concern.

    Learn why bats are struggling and what you can do to help. After a short presentation, attendees will have the chance to head outside and participate in a hands-on demonstration of bat detectors, which are part of a new citizen science-led study to track Maine’s bat population. Which of Maine’s eight bat species will we see in the night sky?

    Sip on complimentary beer from Allagash Brewing Company and wine and enjoy assorted appetizers. This event is 21+

    Many thanks to our amazing sponsor, Allagash Brewing Company!

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    Want to get the amazing $10 member admission? Join Maine Audubon today and be the first to learn about future events like this.

    Featuring: Trevor Peterson, Senior Wildlife Biologist at Stantech and PhD Candidate, University of Maine

    About the Speaker Series

    Maine Audubon’s new monthly speaker series presents interactive lectures and discussions designed to stimulate conversation and concern around critical wildlife and habitat issues. The series features the region’s leading conservation experts to share research and propose solutions.

    Sponsored by Maine Magazine

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  • 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 Every Day
    • 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 Ages 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 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. 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!

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Exploration at Gilsland Farm
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 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

    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.

    *No charge for siblings under 2 and maximum of three children

    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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  • 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
  • 28th Annual Apple Day Celebration
    • Saturday Oct 3, 2015 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Apple Day 2015-page-001Join us for the 28th Annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate all things fall and learn about bats, bees, pollinator habitat and more! Learn how you can help bats and wildlife right in your own backyard. This family event includes:

    - Cider Press
    - Apple toss
    - Scavenger Hunt
    - Crafts
    - Live music
    - Food and drink
    - Storywalk
    - Membership deals

    New this year!

    We will launch the second book in our new children’s book series, A Little Brown Bat Story (in partnership with Islandport Press). We will offer readings and book signings throughout the event – and there will even be a live bat!

    Saturday, October 3, 2015A LITTLE BROWN BAT STORY_COVER

    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7 /general admission

  • E.Y.E.S. South – Emerging Youth Ecology Squad
    • Saturday Oct 10, 2015 – Saturday Nov 21, 2015
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Saturdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $225 Child Non-members: $275

    CAM00176Students K-5 will develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.

    This 7-week series of classes will take place Saturdays Oct. 10 through Nov. 21Scholarships available!

    This is a drop-off program and students should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors. 

    Each class of the 7-week series is designed to cover a different topic:

    October 10: Monarch Madness – Butterflies are nature’s jewels. We will feature our treasured Monarch, inspect milkweed plants for activity and search for adults and chrysalis. We will also learn about other species of butterflies. Butterfly migration, life cycle, habitat and other traits will be covered in fun, active ways.

    October 17: Bringing Nature Home – This day will be dedicated to finding simple ways to create suitable habitat for all kinds of species. We will design and construct a few prototypes as well. Possible designs will include hibernacula, bat houses, raised bed of some sort. . .

    October 24: Bats: Nighttime Navigators – Flying mammals? True Hibernators? Mysterious population declines? Learn about Maine bat species and ways to maintain and improve habitat for all bat populations for years to come.

    October 31: Forest “Fun”damentals – Forest ecology will drive our day from top to bottom. We will discuss concepts like interdependence and succession as we explore coniferous and mixed deciduous forests, read the landscape for prior land use and acquaint ourselves with diverse forest habitats.

    November 7: Talking Turkey – Wild turkey nearly became extinct in the early 1930s because of habitat loss and overhunting. We will learn how humans led conservation efforts to recover the species to a population today of over 7 million and we will discuss strategies for protecting other endangered and threatened species in Maine.

    November 14: Who is Still Here? Our state’s human population shifts dramatically when summer vistors leave and only winter residents remain. We’ll find out about the wildlife that joins us in surviving and thriving in Maine’s wonderful winter months.

    November 21: Tucking in Nature – As the days get shorter, animals get ready for the winter. We will uncover different habitats and find the creatures that are preparing for the cold season in and around the pond, marsh, meadow and forest.

    Registrants interested in individual classes must contact their Maine Audubon Educator to make special arrangements. Cost for a single class is $40 for members, $50 per non-members.

     

  • 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
  • Giving Thanks
    • Saturday Nov 21, 2015 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 and clothes for all participants to enjoy time outside.

    *siblings under 2 are free and maximum of 3 children

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

  • 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 Every Day
    • 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 Ages 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 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. 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!