Events & Programs: Family


  • November
  • Let Us Be Thankful
    • Saturday Nov 22, 2014 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Let us come together to celebrate all that nature provides for us. We will learn some Native American traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts.  We will continue the learning and fun outside for the last part of the class.  Please bring a snack.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Nov 24, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: How do bees survive the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Survival in the Forest
    • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Tom Copeland will lead a walk and demonstrate many techniques of survival in the Maine woods. He will teach what is edible, how to make a shelter, build a fire, and more!

    This program takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly (warm coats, boots, etc). 

     

  • December
  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Dec 8, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Try out our a Nature Time Drop In adventure to keep your preschoolers entertained before the official winter session. Come and enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Dec 8, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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.

    This Session:  Night Tree

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Randy Spencer – Guide, Author, Song Writer
    • Wednesday Dec 10, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Come to a marvelous evening for all with story and song. Randy Spencer is a Master Maine Guide based out of the Maine town of Grand Lake Stream. In addition to being a guide, he is a freelance writer, a songwriter, and a voiceover artist. In 2008, Yankee Magazine named Spencer one of the “25 People You Need to Meet Most This Summer.”

    Co-sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter.

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 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.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Eyes On Owls: Three Shows
    • Sunday Dec 14, 2014 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!
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  • Investigate Winter: Trees, Lichen, Insects and More…
    • Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Enjoy six Maine Master Naturalists as they share their specialties and take you on a spectacular journey through the winter landscape.

    Presenters: Grace Bartlett, Clare Cole, Joe Morse, Sally Jones, Gerry Sawyer, Connie Tuller

     

  • Film Screening: Counting on Birds
    • Thursday Dec 18, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    With the annual Christmas Bird Counts beginning on December 14, we will help you get in the holiday counting spirit by hosting a screening of the ‘Counting on Birds’ documentary.

    This one-hour film by New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) follows Willem Lang’s travels to Keene & Errol, New Hampshire, Mount Desert, Maine, Ecuador and Cuba to meet people who participate in National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count.

     

  • The Night Tree: A Solstice Celebration!
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/family

    Join us on the longest night of the year for a celebration of nature in winter. We will recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story, The Night Tree, by making our own “night tree” to share with our wild neighbors. We will have hot cider and indoor activities. All ages welcome.

     

  • Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $15 Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Dec 29, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10 Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Who sleeps in the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • January
  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Jan 5, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Try out our Nature Time Drop In adventure to keep your preschoolers entertained before the official winter session. Come and enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.

  • Beavers in Winter
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    They do not hibernate. How do they survive the winter? What is life like locked under the ice? Discover more about this amazing creature, it’s family life, and it’s winter challenges.

    All ages are welcome – family friendly!

     

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 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.

    Dress for the weather.

  • Winter Work Party
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 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. Lunch will be provided. Please call for details.

    If you have a group that you’d like to set up for a Work Party on a different date, let us know.

     

  • Winter Birds in Greater Bangor
    • Saturday Jan 17, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Jerry Smith for a four-hour excursion around greater Bangor looking for wintering feathered friends. Pre-trip scouting will determine where we go, and what we might see. We’ll hope for waxwings, winter finches, and waterfowl.

    Snow date Sunday, January 18

    Trip Leader: Jerry Smith

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Jan 19, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Try out our Nature Time Drop In adventures to keep your preschoolers entertained before the official winter session. Come and enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor exploration.

  • Winter Ecology Kids
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 11:00 am – 11:45 am
    • Maine Discovery Museum
    • Price: $5.00 for cost of program/members of Maine Discovery Museum are free

    Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scat. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. Apply your experiences right away via snowshoeing at FPAC the same day.

    www.mainediscoverymuseum.org

  • Family Snowshoe Tour
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/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.   

  • Scat and Tracks
    • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy an afternoon exploration of animal scat and tracks that critters leave behind. Participants will learn to find and identify tracks, reading the stories they tell. 

    A limited supply of snowshoes are available. Please bring your own if you have them.

    Leader: Gudrun Keszoecze, Naturalist, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

     

     

  • February
  • Nature Time: Winter Session
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 – Monday Feb 23, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $30.00 Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in winter is a wonderful, mysterious time. Preschool children, come to our nature-based program with stories, creative play, and art projects. Caregivers participate too.

    We’ll be outside for a portion of each program, be prepared!

     

  • Moonlit Snowshoe
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the moon. Enjoy a hot drink back in the center to warm up.

    Please call to register.

     

  • Winter Writing Workshop: What would the bear write?
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Explore your inner bear through poetry and short story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.

    Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer, and conservationist

     

  • Birds in Winter – Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this terrific citizen science project.

     

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for some fun in the snow (if no snow, we’re still a go!). We will have snowshoes available for exploring our fields and trails, sleds for playing, some ice on our frog pond to explore and warm drinks inside.

    The Maine Discovery Museum will be joining us for  hands-on science and art projects.

    All ages welcome!

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 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. Please dress for the weather.

     

     

  • Busy Bees: Buzzing & Building
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Bring the whole family and learn about bees and all of the work they do. Come and check out hives and raw honey. Also learn about how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker

     

  • May
  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
    Learn more

  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
    Learn more

  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    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.

     

  • June
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Jun 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

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Jun 2, 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

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  • Guided Canoe Tours
    • Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 – Monday Sep 7, 2015
      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

    Discover 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.

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Jun 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

  • 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

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • August
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.