Events & Programs: Family


  • July
  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday Jul 24, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the many mammals of the marsh. The marsh is home to fox, muskrats, mink, river otter, deer, and many small rodents. Participants will see mammal mounts up close and be able to touch mammal pelts and skulls. We will also go out to the marsh and look for signs of these unique animals.

     

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
    • Friday Jul 25, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $9

    Join naturalist Gary Roberts as you revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants and shrubs.  Participants will be able to sample some of the many edible plants that grow in the marsh and learn of their medicinal properties. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 25, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will 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. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 - Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • Nature Sketching by Canoe
    • Sunday Jul 27, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11.00 - Non-members: $13.00

    This guided canoe tour will give artists of all ages a unique opportunity to practice nature sketching.  Participants will view nature close-up while slowly paddling in the midst of the ever-changing salt marsh. The winding curves of the river, populated with the graceful snowy egret and the prehistoric double crested cormorant, will provide endless opportunities for artistic inspiration. Whether you are interested in sketching landscapes, wildlife, or both, this canoe tour will unique experience for all. Led by artist Ellie Brown.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Monday Aug 18, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every Monday
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $50

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

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

  • Cat Tales – Story Hour
    • Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00 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

    Bring your preschooler to our fun and exciting story hour.  This program will combine learning with hands-on fun and creativity.  We will read a story related to the marsh and afterwards children will have the chance to make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday Jul 31, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Experience the marsh from a fish eye view. We will catch some marsh fish, the mummichog, andMummichogs in Tank
    get an up close look at the world in which they live. In addition to these hands-on activities, the children will do a craft project.

     

     

  • Astronomy Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Jul 31, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. As we paddle along the Dunstan River he will point out astronomical features. We will view the stars and planets while enjoying the sights and sounds of the salt marsh in the evening. Once the canoe tour has returned to the Nature Center, participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope on the back deck.

    Please arrive no later than 7:00 pm.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • August
  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday Aug 2, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 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.

    Donations welcome.

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Monday Sep 15, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    The summertime is made for getting out into nature! Preschool children, come to a nature-based program with movement, stories, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Caregivers participate too. Please call to register.

  • Scarborough Marsh Fundraiser – Romeo’s Pizza
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Free

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    Romeo’s Pizza is having a fundraiser for the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. Come eat pizza and other great tasty meals to help the Center! Romeo’s Pizza will donate a portion of evening sales to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. This applies to take out or eating in.

    Visit Romeo’s Pizza website to browse their menu.

    For more information call 207-883-5100, Romeo’s is located at 201 Route 1 in Scarborough.

  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $265 Child Non-members: $305

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

    Learn more

  • Nighttime Paddle
    • Wednesday Aug 6, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip.

    Please call to register.

     

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 7, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the world of birds through interactive activities, crafts and observation. Children will soar like an osprey or catch fish like a cormorant or heron. We will also go for a walk at the marsh and observe the many birds that are migrating through Maine’s largest salt marsh. This program will allow children to learn about the marsh and the birds that live here while having fun and interacting with this special environment.

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 8, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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.  Astronomer Bernie Reims will be joining us as a special guest for the evening pointing out the stars and planets.

    Arrive no later than 7:00

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Aug 9, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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

  • Unraveling Marsh Upland Mysteries
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    Join Naturalist, Josh Fecteau for a nature walk to discover the many interesting aspects of the edge habitat at the salt marsh.  Josh is a general naturalist and will be pointing out birds, shrubs, trees, edible and medicinal plants, wildflowers and whatever else happens to cross our path.   

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Night Walk
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Come out for an evening stroll to explore the magical grounds of the nature center as the day shifts to night.

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22


    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22

    Learn more

  • 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.

  • Snowy Egret Day
    • Saturday Aug 16, 2014 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Experience a day of family fun, including a canoe tour, nature crafts, used book sale, nature and bird walks and more. There will be special programs for children as well as displays and information. Come join us for this fun-filled day and celebrate all that Maine’s largest salt marsh has to offer! This event is held in conjunction with the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.

    Fee for some programs.

  • Creating a Seashell Wreath
    • Thursday Aug 21, 2014 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $17 - Non-members: $20

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us for a day of creativity and sculpture as we make unique wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. You can bring your own shells and sea glass or use ones we have collected. Participants will be guided through the process of how to create the base and add the shells to the wreath. Whether you are a Maine resident or just a visitor to our shores, you will be able to bring back the beauty of the salt marsh to display in your home for all to enjoy.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 22, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will 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. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • 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 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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 6:00

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Sep 8, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 - Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts on a trip to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake.

    On this weekend retreat we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.
    The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds, and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.

    Optional activities will include taking moderate hikes to Borestone’s bare granite summit and to Peregrine Ridge where we will enjoy panoramic views of Maine’s vast northern forest, swimming and canoeing in the sanctuary’s mountain ponds, or if you prefer just relaxing on the lodge porch with a good book.

    Price for the weekend includes room and board.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]

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

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program will take participants through the winding curves of the Dunstan River and provide a special opportunity to see the changes to the salt marsh as the season turns. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful autumn colors of the many plants of the marsh. This unique experience will give you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the salt marsh in a new setting as fall brings its changes to this special environment.

    This program is a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.