Events & Programs: Family


  • September
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Sep 7, 2014 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 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:  Harvest Moon

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Sep 8, 2014 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

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 – Tuesday Oct 21, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Tuesdays, September 9 to October 21, 2014)

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 – Wednesday Oct 22, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Wednesdays, September 10 to October 22, 2014)

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

  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 - Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts on a trip to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake.

    On this weekend retreat we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.
    The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds, and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.

    Optional activities will include taking moderate hikes to Borestone’s bare granite summit and to Peregrine Ridge where we will enjoy panoramic views of Maine’s vast northern forest, swimming and canoeing in the sanctuary’s mountain ponds, or if you prefer just relaxing on the lodge porch with a good book.

    Price for the weekend includes room and board.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Sep 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.

  • Hawk Watch
    • Sunday Sep 14, 2014 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Venture up to Cadillac Mountain to watch amazing migrating raptors. Get expert help identifying accipiters, buteos, and falcons. Bring binos, water, and lunch.

    Please call FPAC to register.

  • Fall Wildflower Walk
    • Sunday Sep 21, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Join Maine Master Naturalist, Clare Cole, on an exploration of late season wildflowers.

  • Artist Reception: Celebrating Michael Vermette’s Paintings
    • Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for light refreshments as we gather with Michael Vermette to celebrate his work.

     

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Fall Exploration for Kids
    • Saturday Sep 27, 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

    Join us for a morning of fall crafts, exploration and fun!  We will have some time indoors to be creative, learn about why leaves change color and habits of plants and animals in the fall. Then we will head outside to look for signs of fall. Come prepared for the whole family to explore our trails.  Please bring a snack.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

    GMOW

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekened: Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $11 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $13 Child Non-members: $10

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program will take participants through the winding curves of the Dunstan River and provide a special opportunity to see the changes to the salt marsh as the season turns. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful autumn colors of the many plants of the marsh. This unique experience will give you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the salt marsh in a new setting as fall brings its changes to this special environment.

    This program is a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

    GMOW

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Sep 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:  What is happening in the pond?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Monday Sep 29, 2014 – Monday Nov 10, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Preschoolers with their caregivers, come to a nature-based program with stories, movement, art and an outdoor adventure.

  • October
  • Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 12 free

    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 prepares for winter.

    Moments of internal reflection, 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.

    Please bring your lunch.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle

     

     

  • 27th Annual Apple Day Celebration
    • Saturday Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $FREE Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $7.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

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    PressJoin us for the 27th annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate our historic apple orchards, learn about bees and pollinator habitat and more!

    - Crafts
    - Live music
    - Scavenger Hunt
    - Apple Toss
    - Cider Press
    - Face Painting
    - Live Beehive
    - Learn about bees and pollinators
    - Amazing membership deals!

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Oct 6, 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:  Owls

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Night Walk
    • Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Fall evenings at Fields Pond are magical. Bundle up and join us for a guided exploration of the nocturnal world that most of us never experience. The moon may even make an appearance.

     

  • The Big Sit Bird Count
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    The Bit Sit is an annual international event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest.

    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 like, no need to sign up ahead of time! Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise.

     

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Oct 11, 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.

    Dress for the weather.

  • Fall Work Party
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 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. 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.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
    • Saturday Oct 25, 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Cyndi and Holly for a get together; we want to thank you for all of the great work you do for the nature center. Enjoy socializing, refreshments, and a nature walk. Family members are welcome!

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Oct 27, 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: Where do the birds go?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday Dec 16, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday Dec 17, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $70 Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

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

  • November
  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Saturday Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Nov 3, 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:  Bats

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Nov 8, 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.

  • Drawing from Nature
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $10/Family
    Use the natural world as your inspiration! Join Maine Master Naturalist, Connie Tuller, for a walk to collect some simple things, leaves, dead bark, etc., then we’ll draw with pencil and markers.
    Materials will be provided, or bring something of your own that you want to work with. Connie will show examples of what we can do beforehand. All experience levels are welcome.
  • Maine Audubon Night at Bayside Bowl
    • Monday Nov 10, 2014 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Bayside Bowl
    • Free

    JBayside Bowloin us for a great night of food, drinks and bowling at Bayside Bowl!

    Bayside Bowl will donate 5% of profits from the bar and dinner. Bring your friends and family and have a great meal, enjoy some drinks and learn about Maine Audubon. We have a few lanes reserved for those who would like to bowl. Please contact us!

  • 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 – 3:00 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
  • 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.

  • 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.