Events & Programs: Youth


  • April
  • Fields Pond Work Party
    • Saturday Apr 19, 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 and families are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. Get involved in projects from cleaning the bird feeders to shoring up our boardwalk or putting a fresh coat of paint on the picnic table.

    Work as a family on a project together, or bring some power tools and work within your skill set. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move youngsters to action as well. Groups welcome.

    Call ahead for more info. Lunch will be served or bring your own. With questionable weather, call to find out if we’re a go or not.

    Saturdays, April 19, May 17, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Wild Theatre
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $20.00

    Kids, come and enjoy nature with a theatrical twist! We’ll have Ben Layman from Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy joining us with his excellent dramatic teaching and directing abilities.

    Parents will drop off their young actors and budding naturalists to rehearse a short nature-based play or story book. An outdoor exploration will be a fun break in the theatrics. Parents return (bring more family and friends) to watch the performance.

    No experience necessary. Please call 989-2591 to register.

    Leader: Ben Layman, Teaching Artist, Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy

     

  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Full Week
    • Monday Apr 21, 2014 – Friday Apr 25, 2014
      8:55 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    We welcome all campers from first through fifth grade! Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days. See individual weekday agenda for more details.
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  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Monday
    • Monday Apr 21, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Camouflage Day

    Study the forest and meadow to find animals that blend into their surroundings. Play camouflage, log roll and catch creatures and study their colors to discover how coloration helps critters survive.
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  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday Apr 21, 2014 – Friday Apr 25, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00

    Join us for a week of outdoor exploration, play and all around fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Choose the days you like or come for the whole week!

    Please call (207) 989-2591 to register.

    Monday, April 21 –Guardians of the Earth

    Do you have what it takes to be an Earth guardian? On this day we embark on an adventure quest to uncover nature’s secrets and discover our own special powers to protect nature.

    Tuesday, April 22 – Nature’s Recyclers

    We’ll explore the many ways that nature turns waste into something useful and experiment with ways to do that ourselves.

    Wednesday, April 23 – Watershed Watchers

    Use your inquiring mind to determine where water goes by following it, and along the way uncover how it connects us to every living thing.

    Thursday, April 24 – Mighty Sun

    Join us as we mount an expedition to discover all of the ways that nature relies on sun power and experiment with ways to harness the sun’s energy ourselves.

    Friday, April 25 – The Great Species Search

    We end the week by celebrating Earth Day as we launch a journey to meet as many different living things as we can in one day and then throw a party in their honor.

  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Tuesday
    • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Earth Day Celebration

    Celebrate Earth Day and make the earth a better place. We will repurpose recycled items into new and fun crafts, including soda bottle greenhouses, egg carton caterpillars and coffee can bird feeders.
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  • Earth Day Potluck Celebration
    • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Come and bring your favorite dish to share and we’ll celebrate what we love about the earth. We’ll also discuss what we can do to move ourselves and others to action to make the earth a better place for every living being.

    Suggested donation $5 to benefit the nature center.

  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Wednesday
    • Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Water Exploration

    Explore the pond creatures who are awake and moving around after the long winter. Play our favorite “Water Cycle Game” and become a salmon during this action packed-day! We will also discuss water conservation
    and how we can keep our water safe and clean for animals, plants and humans.
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  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Thursday
    • Thursday Apr 24, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Animals on the Move

    Learn about animals that migrate and travel great distances. Learn why they leave, where they go and how they survive as we enjoy our migration obstacle course, butterfly catching game and other activities.
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  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Friday
    • Friday Apr 25, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60 Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Raptors, Reptiles and Mammals

    Join us for a live animal program in the morning and learn fascinating facts about birds, reptiles, mammals and other critters.
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  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 25, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

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    The public is invited to join us on the Friday of April vacation week to view a 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.  See birds of prey, a bat, a squirrel and more!

    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.

  • May
  • Neighborhood Bird Walks May 2014
    • Saturday May 3, 2014 – Tuesday May 27, 2014
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Unless otherwise indicated, all walks are from 7:00 – 8:30 AM.  Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended due to wet grass and occasional muddy conditions.  In consideration of wildlife and fellow birders, no pets please on the bird walks.

    Saturday, May 3:  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gudrun Keszoecze

    Take I-95 to exit 197; go 4.75 mi. west on Rt. 43; look for large red signs on the right; enter refuge at gate 1, proceed ½ mi. to Pine Tree parking area

    Wednesday, May 7:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.

    Saturday, May 10 (Spring Fest – Int’l Migratory Bird Day):  Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leaders:  Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith

    Meet in Fields Pond Audubon Center parking lot.

    Monday, May 12:  Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor

    Leaders:  Hope Brogunier, Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet in the 2nd parking lot upstream of the intersection of Valley Ave. and Bruce Rd.

    Wednesday, May 14:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance

    Thursday, May 15:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

    Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.

    Friday, May 16:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.

    Monday, May 19:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178

    Monday, May 19 (evening walk):  Chimney swift outing, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Milardo

    Meet at 7:30 pm at State St. bridge over Kenduskeag Stream (between Main St. and Harlow St.)

    Tuesday, May 20:  Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at BLT kiosk on Kittredge Rd. just before the power lines.

    Thursday, May 22:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Lucy Quimby, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.

    Friday May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    Meet in the parking lot behind the Microdyne Building on Godfrey Dr.

    Tuesday, May 27:  University of Maine campus, Orono

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the rear of the University Credit Union parking lot on Rangeley Rd.

  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday May 5, 2014 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. 
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  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s activities will include bird walks, a children’s activity area with Stillwater Montessori, insect investigations and more. Get out in nature and spend some time with us! All ages welcome.

    7 – 8:30 a.m.    Bird Walk with Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith

    8 – 9:00 a.m.    Photo Explorations with Bruce Gray

    9 – 11:00 a.m.    Birding by Ear Walk with Steve Coleman

    10 a.m. – noon    Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori

    11 a.m. – noon    Insect Fun

    11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Live Music

    noon – 1:00 p.m.    Nature Exploration

     

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Monday May 12, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 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 students 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!
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  • 2014 Maine Audubon Birdathon
    • Saturday May 17, 2014 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Join us for our annual Birdathon! On Saturday, May 17, birders (beginners and experienced alike) will travel across the state of Maine to spot as many bird species as possible in one day.

    This annual event is a fundraiser for Maine Audubon. This event is open to all and we encourage teams of all ages!

    Want to form a team? Pledge your support? Get all the details! 

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  • Fields Pond Work Party
    • Saturday May 17, 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 and families are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. Get involved in projects from cleaning the bird feeders to shoring up our boardwalk or putting a fresh coat of paint on the picnic table.

    Work as a family on a project together, or bring some power tools and work within your skill set. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move youngsters to action as well. Groups welcome.

    Call ahead for more info. Lunch will be served or bring your own. With questionable weather, call to find out if we’re a go or not.

    * Special Guest, Trudi Plummer of the Maine Discovery Museum, will be here at the May Work Party as project assistant!

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 26, 2014 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 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:
    • $14 preregistration
    • $17 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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  • Canoeing at Hirundo
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
    • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Price: $5 suggested donation

    Join Holly, Maine Audubon naturalist, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge for a paddle with Gudrun, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s onsite naturalist. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for birds, moose, otter and interesting plant life along the way. Canoes available or bring your own boat.

    Reservation requested by May 30th. Please call 944-9259.

  • June
  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jun 23, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $320 Child Non-members: $360

    There are secrets hiding in every corner of the Earth! In this 8-day summer camp session, campers will uncover the mysteries of wildlife by rolling over logs, examining tree cavities and playing educational games in the forst habitat.

    Camp Session (8 days):

    • Week One: Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27
    • Week Two: Monday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 2

     

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 – Thursday Jul 3, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    June 24 – July 3

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 – Thursday Jul 3, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    June 24 – July 3

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $145 Child Non-members: $195

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    June 25 – July 2 (no class Friday, July 4th)

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90 Child Non-members: $140

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    June 25 – July 2 (no class July 4th)

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  • July
  • Water World
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $250

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available. Application available on website.

    Water will drive our adventures this week, steering us into motion on a global and local level. Activate your body and mind as we take it outside to explore the properties of our watershed and assess its value as an important part of our wonderful world. Experience your journey as a drop of water, a frog in a pond, and a fish in the river. Enjoy visits from guest scientists dedicating their time to improving water quality for all living things.

  • Summer Camp: Nature Myth Busters
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240

    Why do bees sting and skunks smell bad? We will dive into nature’s mysteries using our investigative skills and learn about mammals, insects, plants and more! Campers will develop critical thinking skills to understand animal adaptation and behavior.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11
  • Explorers: Habitat!
    • Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $265 Child Non-members: $305

    Children will learn how plants and animals meet their basic needs in different habitats. We will explore forest, salt marsh, pond and meadow and begin to foster and understanding of biological diversity.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

     


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  • Nature Art via the Marsh
    • Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 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.  All sessions are different.

  • EcoExplorers
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $250

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available. Application available on website.

    Time to don your explorer’s cap and take it outside to discover the thrill of adventure as we explore the different ecosystems here at Fields Pond. Experience the diversity of life and habitat in a different ecosystem each day. Come explore our wonderful world and enjoy the thrill of exercising your body and your mind!

  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240

    We will explore Gilsland Farm to learn about the circles of life that exist in nature. From the water cycle and metamorphosis to dissecting owl pellets, campers will get a close-up look at the life cycles that make nature go ‘round.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18
  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday Jul 24, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    July 15 – July 24

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  • Introducing the Salt Marsh Through Pottery
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7 Child Non-members: $9

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

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday Jul 24, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    July 15 – July 24

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Jul 17, 2014 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 (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Summer Camp: Wonderful Water
    • Monday Jul 21, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240

    Why do all animals and plants need water? Campers will learn all about water and how to keep our water resources clean and healthy for the future. We will search for bullfrogs, cool down with water games and explore the wonderfully watery and wild places at Gilsland Farm and beyond.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
  • Nature Art via the Marsh
    • Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    IMG_3050Through 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.  All sessions are different.

  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

     

     

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $400 Child Non-members: $440

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us.

    Camp Session (2 weeks):

    • Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
    • Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
  • August
  • Natural Expressions
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! Let all of Fields Pond be your muse as we couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through an amazing week looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $265 Child Non-members: $305

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Aug 11, 2014 – Friday Aug 15, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $220

    Campers will explore the ponds, meadows, forests and salt marsh in search of creatures of all sizes. We will play fun and educational animal-themed games.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15
  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Introducing the Salt Marsh Through Pottery
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7 Child Non-members: $9

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

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $190 Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22


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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $120 Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22

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  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Aug 14, 2014 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 (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Summer Camp: Too Cool For School
    • Monday Aug 18, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $200 Child Non-members: $240

    It’s hot! Learn how animals keep themselves cool during the hottest days of the summer. We will find the coolest places at Gilsland Farm to play games, make crafts and learn how animals have evolved to ‘stay cool.’

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22