Events & Programs: Youth


  • April
  • April Vacation Camp K-5 (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our April Vacation Camp.  A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination and creative arts exploration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Our vacation camps are taught by highly trained and experienced environmental educators.

    Single day registration available as space allows by calling 207-781-2330 x 273 

    (For or those of you returning – welcome back! – it’s a new year so we need all new forms).

    Monday 4/17: Migratory Monday

    Campers will learn about incredible journey of migration and see what birds are coming back to Maine.

     

    Tuesday 4/18: Natural Performers

    Learn about various Maine animals and their adaptations to attract a mate, defend their home and babies! Perform what they have learned!

     

    Wednesday 4/19: Home Sweet Home

    Campers will be able to create and discover various nests and shelters of Maine Audubon’s wildlife.

     

    Thursday 4/20: Spring Stewards

    Earth Day! Campers will create interpretive signs for their favorite spots on our Sanctuary to share with the public and spend time caring for the Earth in a stewardship project.

     

    Friday 4/21: Spring into Action!

    Live Animal Show! Many animals prepare for spring and summer in different ways.  We will take a trip to the pond to study the different things parents do from spring time to summer time!

  • Look What I Found! April Vacation Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $210/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $290/wk

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! We will explore and enjoy nature through hands-on exploration, art, stories, and songs, so come prepared for both indoor and outdoor fun. Each day has its own theme, but daily activities tie into a week-long focus on habitats and stewardship.

    Monday: Habitat Connections

    Tuesday: Animal Journeys

    Wednesday: Who Lives in the Pond?

    Thursday: Earth Day

    Friday: Animals up Close

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible as space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273
  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond: Guardians of the Earth
    • Wednesday Apr 19, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $150 Child Non-members: $200

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Choose the days you like or come for all three! Guest naturalists and artists will join us each day.

    Register for the entire session or individual days:

    Wednesday, April 19 Guardians of the Earth

    Thursday, April 20 Nature’s Recyclers

    Friday, April 21 Watershed Watchers

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Wednesday: Guardians of the Earth
    • Wednesday Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Wednesday, April 19 – Guardians of the Earth

     

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Thursday: Nature’s Recyclers
    • Thursday Apr 20, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about the role of decomposers in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Thursday, April 20 – Nature’s Recyclers

  • April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond Friday: Watershed Watchers
    • Friday Apr 21, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $75

    Join us for piles of outdoor exploration, discovery and fun while learning about how water flows through life in this wonderful world. Open to children ages 6-12. Guest naturalists and artists will join us in our adventure.

    Friday, April 21 – Watershed Watchers

  • 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
  • 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
  • Explorers Session 1: Pollinators
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    June 19-23 – Pollinators
    How do honeybees help apple trees? What do monarchs need to grow? We’ll explore the important role that bugs, birds, and bats play in a plant’s life cycle.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 1
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will focus on how various aquatic species travel to fulfill their lifecycle.  This session include a field trip to Mill Creek in Freeport where we will explore the importance of the creek to fish and other wildlife.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 19-23

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


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  • Protected: Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 1- STAFF
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Butterflies and Bees
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 2
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will look at how the ocean plays a significant role for Maine Wildlife. This session features a full day at Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 26-30

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


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 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

  • July
  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Wild Things
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      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 diversity of Fields Pond with a focus on the majestic forest, brilliant meadow, cool pond, awesome lake and sensational streams while learning about the species depend on these places for survival.

    This program requires release forms. Please download, fill out and return the forms prior to the start of the program.


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  • Explorers Session 2: Earth Art
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    July 10-14 – Earth Art
    What can we learn about nature by looking through an artist’s eye? How are art and science connected? We will find out through creative experimentation with different materials, techniques, and natural phenomena.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 1
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Campers will create a message “for the birds” while learning about their habitat needs.  We will visit a nearby beach to experience shorebird conservation in action.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 10-14

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


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 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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  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Keeping the Balance
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

    This week we will immerse ourselves into the diversity of Fields Pond with a focus on native plants and pollinators and how to encourage a nature balance in and around your home. Additionally we will learn how to collect and record data as a citizen scientist.


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  • Summer Squash Session 2: Our Five Senses
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 2
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore important wildlife habitats that waterfront land provide Maine’s iconic species.  This session includes a day of outdoor exploration to Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 17-21

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


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  • Nature Pottery
    • Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 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 25, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    img_4315Through 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

  • Explorers Session 3: Birds
    • Monday Jul 31, 2017 – Friday Aug 4, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    July 31-August 4 – Birds
    From goldfinches to Great Blue Herons, the world of birds is diverse and fascinating! We will learn about the lives of birds and what makes them unique, all while looking and listening for the birds around us.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 1
    • Monday Jul 31, 2017 – Friday Aug 4, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore how terrestrial and aquatic animals of Maine travel.  Campers will explore a former mill dam in Freeport and engineer ways to help wildlife cross road barriers.

    Camp session (5 days) –July 31-August 4

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


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  • August
  • Summer Squash Session 3: Things with Wings
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 2
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    Campers will study the diverse forests of Maine and the species that depend on them throughout the year.  The session includes a day of forest exploration at Freeport’s Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 7-11

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


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 8, 2017 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.

    img_4484Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Camp E.Y.E.S. – Emergent Youth Ecology Squad
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00

    Junior naturalists age 11-13 who are interested in wildlife and nature will enjoy this summer program that explores local ecological and conservation-based topics in detail. Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data. Each day is designed to cover a topic in great detail and intended to build individual community and home connections.

    Outings each day on and off trail on our 213 acre preserve will include a canoe trip at week’s end. Guest scientists will join us throughout the week.

     Scholarships available!


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  • Explorers Session 4: Animal Architects
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    August 14-18 – Animal Architects
    Animals build and create an amazing array of structures! From spider webs to beaver lodges, we will practice making our own as we discover how and why animals build the things they do.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 1
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will find out about how bats, moths, mosquitos and other wildlife species benefit humans. This session includes an optional evening evening family program to monitor moths and bats.  

    Camp session (5 days) – August 14-18

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


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  • Nature Pottery
    • Tuesday Aug 15, 2017 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

  • Summer Squash Session 4: Who Lives Here?
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $215 Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 2
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore how natural helpers like bees, butterflies, and birds take care of us in their own way.  This session includes a trip to Portland’s Farmers Market to see the “fruits of their labor”.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 21-25

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


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 22, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5 Child Non-members: $7

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

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    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100