Events & Programs: Family


  • March
  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • April
  • Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Apr 8, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Volunteers wanted for a Spring day of service at Fields Pond.  Individuals, families, and groups are all 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.

  • Family Discovery Series: Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Apr 15, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $$20/family

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    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 is changing from winter to spring. 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    
  • April Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Apr 21, 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 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.

    Please note:  This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older.  Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people.  Thank you!

  • May
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday May 3, 2017 – Wednesday Jun 14, 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, May 3 – June 14

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


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  • Springfest at Fields Pond
    • Saturday May 13, 2017 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Fields Pond Audubon Center! Bring your favorite people, pack a snack and drop in for any or all of the day’s events. There will be lots to do and learn in a group or on your own. Activities include:

    • Morning birdwalk with Brude Barker and Jerry Smith  7- 8:30 am
    • Children’s activity area 10am-1pm
    • Birdathon registration 10am-1pm
    • Forest birdwalk 11am
    • Phenology walk 12pm
    • Self-guided scavenger hunts, story walk, bird sleuth activity, and more. 10am – 1pm
  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

     

  • Pollinator Parade & Festival
    • Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: FREE (parking pass required, see details below)

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, and more.

    11:30 am – Third Annual Pollinator Parade

    We’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Monarch Butterfly Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience. Melissa and Jada will be available to sign copies of the book.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park.

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!


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  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 29, 2017 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: See details below for price

    Run or walk at one of the most scenic and special places in Maine and support the Scarborough Marsh – the Audubon Center and the Eastern Trail Alliance.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center on Route 9. A 1K Fun Run for kids started at 8:30 a.m.
    Entry fee:
    • $16 pre-registration
    • $19 race day registration
    • $4 Kids 1K Fun Run (12 and under)

    Prices subject to change. Check back for updates on prices and additional sponsors.

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  • June
  • Family Discovery Series: Phenology Walk
    • Saturday Jun 3, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $$15.00/family - Non-members: $$20.00/family

    Participate in citizen science at Fields Pond Audubon Center by recording observations along a short trail around the Center. Learn how to collect and record data using iNaturalist and eBird. Families will gather the basic skills needed to keep track of important timing of natural events such as when flowers and fruits are visible and what pollinators and birds are present. We will observe native plants, shrubs and trees then look and listen for butterflies, bees, and birds along the trail.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Jun 8, 2017 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
    • Friday Jun 9, 2017 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

     

  • Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
    • Wednesday Jun 14, 2017 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Member Adult and Member Child - Free, Non-Member Adult $7, Non-Member Child $7
    • Children under 2 free
    Peony and Kids***THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE***
    Maine Audubon relies on the support of our members, donors and volunteers to carry out our mission of wildlife conservation and education.

    Our Peony Circle of Friends honors those members who have supported us for over twenty years. We invite you to celebrate this special group of supporters at the 2017 Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.

    We invite you to bring your family and friends and enjoy the start of summer at Maine Audubon!

    Learn more about the Peonies at Gilsland Farm »

    Sponsored by:

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  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday Jun 17, 2017 – Monday Sep 4, 2017
      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

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  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 – Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

     

  • Family Fun: Summer Session 1
    • Thursday Jun 22, 2017 – Thursday Jul 20, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    June 22 – Pollinators
    June 29 – Bird songs
    July 13 – Frogs and friends
    July 20 – What do you do with a tail like this?

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

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call to check availability!


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  • July
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 7, 2017 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.

    IMG_4648Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Jul 8, 2017 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
    • Sunday Jul 9, 2017 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

     

     

     

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2017
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
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    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]


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  • August
  • Family Fun: Summer Session 2
    • Thursday Aug 3, 2017 – Thursday Aug 24, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    August 3 – Owls
    August 10 – Animal Baths
    August 17 – Spiders
    August 24 – Who lives in the Pond?

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

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call to check availability!


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  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Aug 5, 2017 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

  • Scarborough Marsh Fundraiser – Romeo’s Pizza
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Free

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    Romeo’s Pizza is having a fundraiser for the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. Come eat pizza and other great tasty meals to help the Center! Romeo’s Pizza will donate a portion of evening sales to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. This applies to take out or eating in.  There will be door prizes.

    Visit Romeo’s Pizza website to browse their menu.

    For more information call 207-883-5100, Romeo’s is located at 201 Route 1 in Scarborough.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 25, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    SunsetJoin us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

     

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • September
  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday Sep 2, 2017 – Monday Sep 4, 2017
      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, Children’s activity day on Sunday and much more.

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