Events & Programs: Adult

  • November
  • Survival in the Forest
    • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Tom Copeland will lead a walk and demonstrate many techniques of survival in the Maine woods. He will teach what is edible, how to make a shelter, build a fire, and more!

    This program takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly (warm coats, boots, etc). 


  • December
  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday Dec 3, 2014 – Wednesday Feb 25, 2015
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome.

    Leader: Holly Twining, certified yoga instructor

    No class on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31

  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday Mar 5, 2015
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

    There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.

  • Member Double Discount & Annual Penobscot Valley Chapter Holiday Party
    • Friday Dec 5, 2014 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Come and enjoy shopping in our nature store – receive 20% off (with the exception of binoculars). Then join the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon for the annual holiday party to indulge in “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, along with an assortment of party beverages.

    The winning bidders in PVC’s Online Auction can pick up and pay for their items, and additional items will be available at the party for silent auction bidding and for the ever-popular Yankee Auction (all bids $1, but cumulative). As in previous years, members are invited to present 10-15 of their favorite nature or travel photos from 2014 (digital format or 35-mm carousel slides).

    Member Double Discount, 1-6 p.m.

    Holiday Party, 6-8 p.m.

  • Randy Spencer – Guide, Author, Song Writer
    • Wednesday Dec 10, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Come to a marvelous evening for all with story and song. Randy Spencer is a Master Maine Guide based out of the Maine town of Grand Lake Stream. In addition to being a guide, he is a freelance writer, a songwriter, and a voiceover artist. In 2008, Yankee Magazine named Spencer one of the “25 People You Need to Meet Most This Summer.”

    Co-sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter.


  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Wilderness First Aid
    • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 – Monday Dec 15, 2014
      3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $155.

    What do you do when there is no 911? SOLO’S Wilderness First Aid course is designed for guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators, and anyone who works or plays in the outdoors.

    The 16-hour course covers the identification, prevention and treatments of the most common emergencies and injuries we experience in the back-country. The course uses the experiential learning model, with a focus on hands-on work and scenarios, to promote critical thinking and problem-solving during chaotic, emergent situations.

    Wilderness First Aid is a two-year certification and can be used to rectify Wilderness First Responders or as CEUs for professionals. SOLO is based out of Conway, NH.

    Saturday, December 13, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Please register online Use the code Fieldspondmember for 15% off the cost of the course.

    Instructor: Jeremy Robichaud, Registered Maine Guide, Director of Adventure Recreation at the Bangor YMCA

  • Investigate Winter: Trees, Lichen, Insects and More…
    • Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Enjoy six Maine Master Naturalists as they share their specialties and take you on a spectacular journey through the winter landscape.

    Presenters: Grace Bartlett, Clare Cole, Joe Morse, Sally Jones, Gerry Sawyer, Connie Tuller


  • Film Screening: Counting on Birds
    • Thursday Dec 18, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    With the annual Christmas Bird Counts beginning on December 14, we will help you get in the holiday counting spirit by hosting a screening of the ‘Counting on Birds’ documentary.

    This one-hour film by New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) follows Willem Lang’s travels to Keene & Errol, New Hampshire, Mount Desert, Maine, Ecuador and Cuba to meet people who participate in National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count.


  • Christmas Bird Count
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 – Saturday Jan 3, 2015
      7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Be a birder, covering a piece of territory within the Bird Count Circle. Or, be a feeder-watcher. If you live inside either circle, and have a bird feeder, you can count your birds for about an hour. Then email or call in how many of each species came to your feeder.

    Orono-Old Town Christmas Bird Count:  Saturday, December 20

    Bangor-Bucksport Christmas Count:  Saturday, January 3


  • January
  • Beavers in Winter
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    They do not hibernate. How do they survive the winter? What is life like locked under the ice? Discover more about this amazing creature, it’s family life, and it’s winter challenges.

    All ages are welcome – family friendly!



  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Dress for the weather.

  • Winter Work Party
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small.

    Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action. Lunch will be provided. Please call for details.

    If you have a group that you’d like to set up for a Work Party on a different date, let us know.


  • Winter Birds in Greater Bangor
    • Saturday Jan 17, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Jerry Smith for a four-hour excursion around greater Bangor looking for wintering feathered friends. Pre-trip scouting will determine where we go, and what we might see. We’ll hope for waxwings, winter finches, and waterfowl.

    Snow date Sunday, January 18

    Trip Leader: Jerry Smith

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Stream-Smart: Culverts and Wildlife
    • Thursday Jan 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Streams are important habitat for fish and other wildlife. 40% of culvert crossings are barriers to wildlife movement.  Climate change is causing large and more frequent storm events.

    Join Barbara Charry, biologist with Maine Audubon, to learn about Stream-Smart and how we can connect fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety.


  • Family Snowshoe Tour
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/family

    Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond Audubon Center. We will search for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace; all ages welcome.

    Snowshoes available in limited quantities. Please bring your own if you have them.   

  • Scat and Tracks
    • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy an afternoon exploration of animal scat and tracks that critters leave behind. Participants will learn to find and identify tracks, reading the stories they tell. 

    A limited supply of snowshoes are available. Please bring your own if you have them.

    Leader: Gudrun Keszoecze, Naturalist, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge



  • February
  • Moonlit Snowshoe
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the moon. Enjoy a hot drink back in the center to warm up.

    Please call to register.


  • Winter Writing Workshop: What would the bear write?
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Explore your inner bear through poetry and short story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.

    Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer, and conservationist


  • Yoga & Nature
    • Sunday Feb 8, 2015 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a winter yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We’ll also get outside and enjoy some snowshoeing.

    Warm soup and hot drinks will be available. Bring extra clothing for the outdoors and snowshoes if you have them.

  • Birds in Winter – Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this terrific citizen science project.


  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come. Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an ice-free Arctic.

    Events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years are considered in this fascinating book.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Winter Tree ID
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Join Steve Sader for a tree ID walk. Learn how to identify evergreen conifers and hardwood trees in their leaf-off condition using clues of their size, form, habitat; buds, leaf scars, fruit and bark characteristics.

    Also learn how to use a winter plant key to identify unknown species. Steve will demonstrate how to measure tree heights and tree diameter using simple instruments. Bring binoculars and a hand lens, if you have them.

    Leader: Steve Sader, University of Maine Forest Vegetation ID Instructor


  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for some fun in the snow (if no snow, we’re still a go!). We will have snowshoes available for exploring our fields and trails, sleds for playing, some ice on our frog pond to explore and warm drinks inside.

    The Maine Discovery Museum will be joining us for  hands-on science and art projects.

    All ages welcome!

  • Bees and Brews
    • Friday Feb 20, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Sea Dog Brewing Company
    • Free

    Come and learn from Peter Cowin, “The Bee Whisperer”, about beekeeping and pollinators. Threats of parasites, single crop pollination, and pesticides are affecting bee populations. Peter will discuss what we can do about it.


  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.



  • Busy Bees: Buzzing & Building
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Bring the whole family and learn about bees and all of the work they do. Come and check out hives and raw honey. Also learn about how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker


  • Maine Wildlife in a Changing Climate
    • Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Maine Audubon’s biologists, citizen scientists and staff monitor and study countless species and habitats, and the effects of climate change are already profound.

    Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Conservation, Dr. Sally Stockwell and others as we share some of our key findings and some efforts underway to conserve habitat and help wildlife adapt.

  • May
  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      8:00 am – 6:00 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 participants 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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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      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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  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    IMG_2848The 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. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.