Events & Programs: Family


  • June
  • Nighttime Paddle
    • Tuesday Jun 30, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00
    • Children under 10 free

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard or, rent one of our canoes.

    Please call to register.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Jun 30, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:30 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • July
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday Jul 1, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:30 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 7:30

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    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Wild Edibles Walk at Gilsland Farm
    • Friday Jul 3, 2015 9:00 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

     

    Photo by Josh Fecteau (http://joshfecteau.com/)

    Join naturalist and forager Josh Fecteau for an early summer wild edibles walk at Gilsland Farm. A diversity of habitats, from fields to wetlands to woods, makes this a fine location to engage the senses and observe a variety of edible plants. This walk is geared toward adults, but children are welcome to come along.

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Jul 3, 2015 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.  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more.  There will also be a story and a craft.  (An adult needs to accompany each child)

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Butterfly Walk
    • Saturday Jul 4, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 3.00/proceeds go to North American Butterfly Count
    • Children under 10 free

    Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count. Counts are held nationwide, and the Fields Pond Butterfly Count supplies important data about declines or increases of butterfly populations.

    Anyone interested in counting (and identifying) butterflies on that date elsewhere within the count circle should contact Pat Snyder for details at 567-3137 or dorine38@aol.com. The circle is 7.5 mile radius centered on Fields Pond.

  • Naturalist Forum – Mathias Deming: East/West ME
    • Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Mathias Deming is a highschool student who sought to learn more about the East-West Corridor and produce a film about it.  Mathias describes the film as, “A short documentary about the proposed east/west corridor in the state of Maine. East/west ME highlights major hopes and concerns that surround this very controversial topic . The film follows me as I learned about the corridor, interviewing various people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas. The hope is that this film will educate and raise awareness about the east/west corridor.” Join us this month for a discussion with Mathias and a showing of his documentary.

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2015
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Atlantic PuffinWith its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise I [pdf]

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Jul 12, 2015 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.

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 17, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Explore the marsh in the early morning when the animals are most active.  We will watch for shorebirds feeding in the mud, herons returning to feed on fish in the river and maybe a playful mink running along the bank looking for food.

  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday Jul 23, 2015 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.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up   Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Jul 24, 2015 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.  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more.  There will also be a story and a craft.  (An adult needs to accompany each child)

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday Jul 29, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:30 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday Jul 30, 2015 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.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20

    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • August
  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Aug 1, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Get a close up look at birds in their habitat as you paddle along through the marsh at this quiet and peaceful time of the day.  Migration will be underway and the birds will be feeding on the banks trying to bulk-up for their long trip south.

     

     

  • Scarborough Marsh Fundraiser – Romeo’s Pizza
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 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.  There will be door prizes.

    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.

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 6, 2015 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.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2015
    • Friday Aug 7, 2015 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 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
    • Sunday Aug 9, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    SunsetJoin 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.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Naturalist Forum – Japan in Winter
    • Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Japan in Winter: a Crane and Sea-Eagle Spectacle! 

    Presented by Marie Jordan.  

    Japan has several claims to fame as a travel destination, but relatively few people think of the country as a wildlife destination-in winter!  Highlights of Marie’s trip included thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes found on the fabulous island of Kyushu, third largest of Japan’s four islands, and the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and majestic Steller’s Eagles on the larger island of Hokkaido.   She will include other bird species, interesting places and sights seen as she traveled through the country.

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • Bats and Bugs
    • Thursday Aug 13, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Learn more about the mysterious nighttime fliers, the bat.  These amazing animals maneuver through the night sky using echolocation, ultrasonic vibrations and excellent sight.  Participants will learn more about bats through hands on crafts, activities and games.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Exploring the Night Sky
    • Friday Aug 14, 2015 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $6 - Non-members: $8

    Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. We will view the stars and planets while enjoying the sights and sounds of the salt marsh in the evening.  Participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope on the back deck.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Aug 21, 2015 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.  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more.  There will also be a story and a craft.  (An adult needs to accompany each child)

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Snowy Egret Day
    • Saturday Aug 22, 2015 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.

  • Summer Night Hike
    • Sunday Aug 23, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Free

    Use your senses to discover the mysterious night life at the marsh.  On this family-oriented hike, participants will tune into nighttime sound of nocturnal animals as they move through the sky and land around us.  We will also touch and taste plants.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Aug 27, 2015 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
    • Friday Aug 28, 2015 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

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  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Aug 29, 2015 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

  • September
  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday Sep 5, 2015 – Monday Sep 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 5:30 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.

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  • 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.      

     

  • 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

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend at Fields Pond. Plans are in the works for a land surveyor to help us navigate our new property boundary on a boundary walk and we are looking for someone to guide our canoe tour of Fields Pond and exploration of the island. Great events on land and on the water to celebrate the outdoors like never before. Call for more information and check back for updates!

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  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 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
    • Sunday Sep 27, 2015 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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