Events & Programs: Youth


  • May
  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 30, 2016 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 preregistration
    • $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
  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Friday Jul 1, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720

    Join us for a two week adventure where campers will discover the lay of the land of Gilsland Farm, Scarborough Marsh and Mackworth Island!  We will uncover the mysteries of how animals travel from habitat to habitat and how we fit into their world!  Come explore with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games!

    Camp session (two weeks) — June 20 through July 1

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • 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 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
  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $210

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about critters in Maine!  

    Camp session (5 days) — July 11 through July 15

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Wild Things
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

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    Join us for a week long adventure filled with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games. We will explore the diverse habitats of Fields Pond with a focus on the majestic forest and brilliant meadow while learning about what species depend on these places for survival.

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • 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

  • Summer Squash Session II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 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

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Reservations required.  Call 207-883-5100

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  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday Jul 14, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the many mammals of the marsh. The marsh is home to fox, muskrats, mink, river otter, deer, and many small rodents. Participants will see mammal mounts up close and be able to touch mammal pelts and skulls. We will also go out to the marsh and look for signs of these unique animals and will make a plaster track to bring home

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up   Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet!

    Camp session (5 days) — July 18 through July 22

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Tuesday Jul 19, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Introduce your wee folk to this unique habitat through interactive hands-on activities.  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more.  There will also be a story and a craft.  (An adult needs to accompany each child)

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Nature Pottery
    • Thursday Jul 21, 2016 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7 Child Non-members: $9

    Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jul 26, 2016 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    VbjyYkUsuuiQcathfdNVoHXxIUYZ-6BxYm5Xb0kSCD8Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • August
  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Cat Tales – Story Hour
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Bring your preschooler to our fun and exciting story hour.  This program will combine learning with hands-on fun and creativity.  We will read a story related to the marsh and afterwards children will have the chance to make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 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. 

  • Summer Camp: Buzz-worthy Wildlife
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 19, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720

    Whats all the buzz about!  We are going nuts about growing native and learning about pollinators and the species that they help.  Come join us in this two week series and we will take a trip on the bus to the Farmers Market in Portland to see all the local foods and goods produced by Mainers!  We will also create a project locally to be stewards of our environment by learning about native and invasive plants!

    Camp session (two weeks) — August 8 through August 19

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Keeping the Balance
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 12, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

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    This week we will immerse ourselves into the diverse habitats of Fields Pond with a focus on native plants and animals and how to encourage a nature balance in and around your home. Additionally we will learn how to use screen time in a focused way as a citizen scientist.

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • 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

  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 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

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Beautiful Benefical Bats
    • Thursday Aug 11, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Learn more about the mysterious nighttime fliers, the bat.  These amazing animals maneuver through the night sky using echolocation, ultrasonic vibrations and excellent sight.  Participants will learn more about bats through hands on crafts, activities and games.

    Cute Brown Bat WebThe Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Introduce your wee folk to this unique habitat through interactive hands-on activities.  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more.  There will also be a story and a craft.  (An adult needs to accompany each child)

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Nature Pottery
    • Thursday Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7 Child Non-members: $9

    Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

     

  • Summer Camp: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session!

    Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 23, 2016 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 25, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the world of birds through interactive activities, crafts and observation. Children will soar like an osprey or catch fish like a cormorant or heron. We will also go for a walk at the marsh and observe the many birds that are migrating through Maine’s largest salt marsh. This program will allow children to learn about the marsh and the birds that live here while having fun and interacting with this special environment.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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

    IMG_8331Explore the marsh in the early morning when the animals are most active.  We will watch for shorebirds feeding in the mud, herons returning to feed on fish in the river and maybe a playful mink running along the bank looking for food.