Events & Programs: Family


  • February
  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 13, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    Winter Kids OutsideJoin 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.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7/general admission

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, Marshmallow CArtsnow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs and citizen science projects
    Yummy treats from the Marshmallow Cart 
    • Music, refreshments & more!

    The Snowy Owl_Cover_hrMelissa Kim and Jada Fitch will be reading from and signing their book “A Snowy Owl Story” at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

    Maine Audubon’s Winter Carnival is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Family Snowshoe
    • Saturday Feb 13, 2016 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 20.00member/25.00 nonmember per family

    Family Snowshoe 2Snowshoeing allows families to have an adventure in nature no matter what the weather brings. Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond, searching for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace, all ages welcome. Snowshoes available to rent.

    The Family Snowshoe is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

     

  • Winter Family Day of Play
    • Friday Feb 19, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: Members free, Nonmember $7
    • Children under 2 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

     

     

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2016
    • Friday Feb 19, 2016 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.

  • Uncovering the Mystery of Snowy Owls
    • Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $5.00 Child Members: $5.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $5.00

    Have you ever wondered about these large white owls from the North? Why are there so many recently? How far do they travel? Where are they coming from? Join Maine Audubon’s Doug Hitchcox for an enlightening evening to unfurl the mysteries of this silent winter predator: the Snowy Owl.

    Snowy Owl by Sharon FiedlerSharon Fiedler will be complementing our informational program with photographs like this one and stories of the Snowy Owl from a nature photographer’s perspective.

  • March
  • Family Discovery Program: Tracks and Scat
    • Saturday Mar 12, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $15member/20 nonmember per family

    Join us for an afternoon of family exploration and fun. Basic track and scat identification will be followed by an outdoor investigation of who visits Fields Pond forest, meadow and stream this time of year. If the thaw is upon us, we will explore the frog pond for activity. Be prepared for the outdoors.

  • Family Fun: Emerging Spring
    • Wednesday Mar 16, 2016 – Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Wednesdays
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $70member/$105nonmember per family

    Now is the time to celebrate the majesty of new beginnings with youngsters! 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, theme related crafts, and outdoor exploration, you and your child will explore the wonders of spring in Maine. Come prepared to adventure outside! Themes include:
    Learn more

  • Good Night, Nature (March)
    • Monday Mar 21, 2016 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
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Moon Loon

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about a little girl who wonders about the loon cries that she hears. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep.

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

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday Jun 7, 2016
      9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $110.00 Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
    Learn more

  • April
  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Tuesday)
    • Tuesday Apr 19, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: Food Webs

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of: Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event

     

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Wednesday)
    • Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: How life depends on the pond

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of: Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event

     

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program (Thursday)
    • Thursday Apr 21, 2016 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk

    Theme: Beaks and Eats

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Each day has its own theme, but each contributes to the week’s theme of: Bringing Nature Home. Children will explore how all things are connected and what we can do to support wildlife in our backyards. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event

     

  • Spring Family Day of Play: Earth Day
    • Friday Apr 22, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free
    • Children under 2 free

    Fields Pond is a big backyard that beckons you! Self-guided activities will be on hand throughout the day in order to encourage your family to connect with nature, unwind and recharge. Celebrate Earth Day like never before and start a tradition with Maine Audubon. Let us inspire you!

     

     

  • April Live Wildlife Show 2016
    • Friday Apr 22, 2016 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 spring 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.

     

  • Good Night, Nature (April)
    • Monday Apr 25, 2016 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
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Sleep Tight Little Mouse

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about a little mouse who is restless to sleep in his own nest and thinks of all the other ways that animals sleep, only to realize that his is the best! Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep.

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

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • Family Discovery Series: A is for Amphibian
    • Saturday Apr 30, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 15.00/20.00 per family

    Learn all about amphibians! Join us for a family-friendly program to learn about frogs and their habitat. If the timing is right, we’ll listen and look for the many species that call Fields Pond home. Be prepared for outside exploration in wet areas.

  • May
  • Bird Banding
    • Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5

    Join biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a bird banding demonstration. You will have the opportunity to see birds up close and learn about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Meet at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth.

    Join us for a Flying WILD education workshop after this banding demonstration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center  in Falmouth.  Participants will receive a Flying WILD curriculum guide with 43 activities.  Door prizes and resources are Canada Warbler in the handalso being distributed.  Click here for more information and to register.

    What is bird banding?

    Bird banding is a research tool used by scientists to monitor bird movement, productivity and life span. Mist nets are used to capture birds and a small metal band is placed on the bird’s leg. After a series of measurements are quickly recorded, the birds are released unharmed. For more about BRI’s River Point project, please visit www.briloon.org/riverpoint

     

  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday May 11, 2016 – Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    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.

     

  • Good Night, Nature (May)
    • Monday May 23, 2016 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
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Little Quack’s Bedtime

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about Mama Duck helping Little Quack and his brothers and sisters not be scared of the dark and go to sleep. 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.

    *Maximum of three children per adult

  • Family Discovery Series: Bats
    • Saturday May 28, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $15member/20 nonmember per family

    Time to get bats on the radar! Maine has seen rapid decline in bat species in just the past five years. Come learn about Maine’s beneficial cave and tree species, why bats are getting sick, and what we can do to improve habitat for the survival of all bats. Be prepared for the outdoors.  

  • June
  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday Jun 18, 2016 – Monday Sep 5, 2016
      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

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover 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. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Jun 18, 2016 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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Jun 19, 2016 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.

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    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 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) 883-5100IMG_4648

     

     

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday Jun 30, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Discovery Series: Backyard Birding
    • Saturday Jun 25, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 15.00/20.00 per family

    Join lead educator Cyndi Kuhn and explore the world of birding as a family, right in your own backyard!  A delightful afternoon together will include indoor and outdoor time. Dress for the weather.

  • July
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Jul 17, 2016 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

     

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 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

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  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Jul 19, 2016 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

     

     

     

  • August
  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • 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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • September
  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday Sep 3, 2016 – Monday Sep 5, 2016
      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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