Events & Programs: Family


  • December
  • Eyes On Owls: Three Shows 2016
    • Saturday Dec 10, 2016 10:30 am – 4:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10.00 Child Members: $10.00
      Adult Non-members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $10.00

    Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species.

    People of all ages love this show – come get close and personal with live owls!


    Learn more

  • Cold Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Dec 13, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $7.00 Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    December features the Cold Moon.

    The approaching Winter Solstice will become crystal clear as we watch the Cold Moon rise. Snowshoes will be available if needed or bring your own.

  • Winter Solstice Celebration
    • Friday Dec 16, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $5 members/$7 nonmembers

    Join Maine Audubon and Evelyn Rysdyk and Allie Knowlton from Spirit Passages to honor nature by celebrating the Winter Solstice. We will have storytelling by Margi Huber, rituals from around the world, a fire ceremony, and more. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

    Registration is not required.

  • The Night Tree: Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Dec 21, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Night TreeJoin us for a family-oriented celebration of nature in winter as we recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story The Night Tree.  We’ll decorate our own night trees to share with Maine’s winter wildlife.

    Come relax and spend time with your loved ones on the longest night of the year.  Warm cider awaits!

    Advance registration is recommended.  Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

     

    Note: peanut products will be present during this event.

  • January
  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday Mar 7, 2017
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90.00 Child Non-members: $130.00
    • 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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


    Learn more

  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday Mar 7, 2017
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90.00 Child Non-members: $130.00
    • 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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


    Learn more

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 – Wednesday Feb 15, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, January 11 – February 15

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

  • Family Discovery Series: Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Jan 21, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $$20/family

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape has prepared for winter.

    Observation, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered. This program is intended for families to discover and learn together.

    Leader: Registered Maine Guide P. Daniel Ryan

     

     

  • February
  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Winter Family Day of Play
    • Sunday Feb 5, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Winter Kids OutsideAttention all families! Join us for a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    • Outdoor activities including: scavenger hunt, story walk, sledding. . . and more
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs
    • Refreshments provided

     

     

  • Family Discovery Series: Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    This is the perfect opportunity for families newly interested in birding, or for the seasoned birding family to learn something new. Learn how the sightings you make while watching your feeders can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. All participants will be prepared to participate the Great Backyard Bird Count like never before.

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Feb 24, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

    Join us for our annual winter live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

  • March
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday Apr 5, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5

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

  • Family Discovery Series: Snowshoe Tour
    • Saturday Mar 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/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.