Events & Programs: Scarborough Marsh


136 Pine Point Road [map]
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 883-5100

The Center is open 7 days a week though Labor Day. The grounds and river are OPEN for you to explore anytime.

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  • April
  • Earth Day Clean Up – Scarborough Marsh
    • Saturday Apr 26, 2014 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Give back to the Earth this year by helping Scarborough be a cleaner and healthier place for all its inhabitants and celebrate Earth Day by being part of the marsh clean up!

    As spring approaches it is time to clean up the marsh, the Nature Center, and the grounds for the new season. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place.  Bring a friend, your family or community group.

    This year we are partnering again with Project G.R.A.C.E in Scarborough to help not only the marsh, but the people of Scarborough. Support a neighbor by bringing canned and staple foods or grocery gift cards when you come for the clean-up.


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  • May
  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday May 5, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
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  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Monday May 12, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for students to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
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  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 26, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: See details below for price

    Run or walk at one of the most scenic and special places in Maine and support the Scarborough Marsh.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center on Route 9. A 1K Fun Run for kids started at 8:30 a.m.
    Entry fee:
    • $14 preregistration
    • $17 race day registration
    • $4 Kids 1K Fun Run (12 and under)

    Prices subject to change. Check back for updates on prices and additional sponsors.


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  • June
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Jun 12, 2014 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jun 13, 2014 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Canoe Tours
    • Saturday Jun 14, 2014 – Monday Sep 2, 2013
      10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Daily
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00 Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00 Child Non-members: $9.00

    Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.

     

  • Wednesday Morning Birding
    • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more. We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join.

    Free for volunteers.

  • Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

  • Birds of Stratton Island I
    • Sunday Jun 29, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $65.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.


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  • July
  • Birds of Stratton Island II
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $65.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.


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  • Nature Art via the Marsh
    • Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Tuesday
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5 Child Non-members: $7

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh.  Children will explore the marsh and then participate on a craft activity.  All sessions are different.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Jul 10, 2014 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 11, 2014 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Jul 12, 2014 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Birds of Stratton Island III
    • Sunday Jul 13, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $65.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.


    Learn more

  • Introducing the Salt Marsh Through Pottery
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7 Child Non-members: $9

    Explorers  search the marsh for natural artifacts, shells, grasses and flowers from the salt marsh then incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Jul 17, 2014 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Introduce your wee folk to this unique habitat through interactive hands-on activities (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Nature Art via the Marsh
    • Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    IMG_3050Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh.  Children will explore the marsh and then participate on a craft activity.  All sessions are different.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 25, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11 - Non-members: $13

    Experience the marsh at this beautiful time of day.  See the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts, and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh.

  • August
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 8, 2014 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Aug 9, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Introducing the Salt Marsh Through Pottery
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7 Child Non-members: $9

    Explorers  search the marsh for natural artifacts, shells, grasses and flowers from the salt marsh then incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Aug 14, 2014 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Introduce your wee folk to this unique habitat through interactive hands-on activities (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 22, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11 - Non-members: $13

    Experience the marsh at this beautiful time of day.  See the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts, and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh.

  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday Aug 30, 2014 – Monday Sep 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us for fun on our last full weekend and help the center out! We will have an end of the season sale in the store, door prizes, a used book sale, crafts for the kids, a bake sale on Saturday, a yard sale on Sunday and much more.

     

  • September
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Sep 7, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 6:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Sep 8, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 6:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 6:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11 - Non-members: $13

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program provides a special opportunity to see the fall changes to the salt marsh. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful fall colors of the many plants of the marsh.

    It is part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.