Events & Programs: Family


  • August
  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday Aug 29, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

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  • 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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  • b. good Fundraiser
    • Wednesday Sep 7, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Free

    POSTPONED FROM 8/24/16

    Come eat and be merry at b.good Restaurant in Portland, and support the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center! Proceeds from purchases will be donated to the Marsh.  Bring all your friends, family, and fellow sanctuary supporters for b.good’s Community Night.  Our own Shanna Underwood will be singing! The restaurant is located on 15 Exchange Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-747-5355.  The fundraiser runs from 6-9.

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  • Night Hike at Fields Pond
    • Friday Sep 9, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of a calming evening hike along the edge of Fields Pond followed by some stargazing along our return to the Center.

  • September Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Sep 10, 2016 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. Bring your own lunch, snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party on a different date.

     

     

  • Family Fun: Fall Frolic
    • Wednesday Sep 14, 2016 – Wednesday Oct 26, 2016
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: Members: $70/family, Nonmembers $105/family

    Seven Wednesdays

    Children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to 3 children per adult please. Join us for seven weeks of nature based learning and play with your children. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long-lasting connection with nature. Each hour long program includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday Sep 14, 2016 6:00 pm – 7:30 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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Sep 15, 2016 – Friday Sep 16, 2016
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Visit the Scarborough Marsh on the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.  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.

  • Family Discovery Series: Secrets of the Forest
    • Saturday Sep 17, 2016 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    Learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage a family-centered connection with nature. This morning program will engage families to explore and learn the “Secrets of hte Forest” and will include various forest habitats and how to preserve this precious landscape and promote healthy populations for Maine’s amphibians birds and mammals.

     

  • Mushroom Workshop with David Spahr
    • Saturday Sep 17, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $27

    Join local favorite David Spahr as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase. Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity while outdoors.

    Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays 9:15am)
    • Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 – Tuesday Nov 8, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • 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. Come prepared to adventure outside!


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  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays 10:30 am)
    • Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 – Tuesday Nov 8, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • 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. Come prepared to adventure outside!


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  • Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour – Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
    • Sunday Sep 25, 2016 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1.5 hour program provides a special opportunity to see the fall changes to the salt marsh. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful fall colors of the many plants of the marsh.  We are proud to be part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.
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  • October
  • Apple Day Celebration
    • Saturday Oct 1, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Join us for the 29th Annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate all things fall and learn about bats, bees, pollinator habitat, and more! Learn how you can help bats and wildlife right in your own backyard.


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  • The Big Sit! 2016
    • Saturday Oct 8, 2016 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country!Big Sit

    We sit inside a 17-foot circle in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm, counting every bird species we see or hear. Join us for as long as you want during the day, no need to sign up ahead of time. Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join us for the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise. Click here to read more about The Big Sit!

    Contact: Linda Woodard – (207) 781-2330 x213 or [email protected]

  • Fields Pond Family Discovery Series: Fall Reading Rambles
    • Saturday Oct 22, 2016 – Saturday Dec 17, 2016
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Our family reading rambles enable people of all ages to get outdoors and experience natural settings while enjoying wonderful children’s literature. Kelly Davis will be reading and leading enchanting walks along Fields Pond trails featuring a seasonal title from Usborne Books each month, which will be available for purchase.

    Saturday, October 22 10-11am
    Secrets of the Apple Tree, by A. Nassner

    Saturday, November 19 10-11am
    Waiting for Winter, by S. Maschenmoser

    Saturday, December 17 10-11am
    Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

    No advance registration is required, drop ins welcome!

  • November
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Nov 2, 2016 – Wednesday Dec 21, 2016
      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, November 2 – December 21

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

  • Members’ Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday Nov 5, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories, and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!

  • Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Nov 5, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Volunteers wanted for a fall day of service at Fields Pond.  Individuals, families, and groups are welcome for routine seasonal maintenance and upkeep of our trails, building and grounds.

    All tools and supplies will be provided. Bring your own lunch; snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a service day on a different date.

  • Beaver Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Monday Nov 14, 2016 5:00 pm – 6:30 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.

    November features the Beaver Moon.

    The Beaver Moon, also called the Frost moon, earned its nickname because its arrival meant it was time to set beaver traps before the hard freeze in order to ensure a sufficient supply of warm winter furs. Whether you wear your furs or not, this evening hike will be sure to remind us winter is on its way. Dress warmly!

  • December
  • Member’s Double-Discount Day Fields Pond
    • Friday Dec 2, 2016 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Fields Pond Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The store will be filled to the brim with new merchandise to make a dent on those gift and wish lists. (Discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces.)
    Free gift wrapping included!
    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
    Remember! The Penobscot Valley Chapter Holiday Party is this same evening, come early to spread some good cheer!
  • Cold Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Dec 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 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.

  • 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.