Events & Programs: Youth


  • February
  • Winter Writing Workshop: What Would a Bear Write?
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Explore your inner bear through poetry and short-story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal-loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.

    Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer and conservationist

     

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 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

    Winter Kids OutsideJoin us for a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    New this year!

    We will launch the first book in our new children’s book series, A Snowy Owl Story (in partnership with Islandport Press).

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    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7/general admission

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowy owls interactive display, readings and book signing
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs and citizen science projects
    • Music, refreshments & more!

    Maine Audubon’s Winter Carnival is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

     

     

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for some fun in the snow (if no snow, we’re still a go!). We will have snowshoes available for exploring our fields and trails, sleds for playing, some ice on our frog pond to explore and warm drinks inside.

    The Maine Discovery Museum will be joining us for  hands-on science and art projects.

    All ages welcome!

  • February Vacation Camp
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 – Friday Feb 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60/day $220/wk Child Non-members: $75/day $280/wk

    Children in grades K-5 are invited to register for our February 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. Campers may sign up for individual days or attend the entire week.

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


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  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    Theme: The Wonders of Winter

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 – Friday Feb 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $40.00 Child Non-members: $50.00

    Enjoy your February vacation in Maine the way it should be – by celebrating the many ways we take learning outside. We have packed each day with exciting opportunities to learn how humans and other living things survive our wonderful winter months. All days include outdoor time, stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. Please dress for cold weather!

    Join us for one day or both!

    Wednesday, February 18:

    Migrate, Hibernate, Activate – Who does what?
    We will investigate animal tracks, create a shelter to hibernate in and explore the migration of some of our favorite wildlife. Along the way we will learn about the amazing adaptations animals use to survive the winter.

    Friday, February 20:  

    A Winter Day of Play

    Winter is in full force and the ice and snow are piling up. Hooray! We will stay warm playing winter games atop the ice and snow and weather permitting, we will explore Fields Pond during a winter hike. Learn about staying warm, active and well during this splendid day of play.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    Theme: Winter Animal Homes

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

     

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Thursday Feb 19, 2015 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45.00 Child Non-members: $60.00

    Theme: Winter Birds

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear).

     

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • February Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Feb 20, 2015 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 winter 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.

  • Busy Bees: Buzzing & Building
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Bring the whole family and learn about bees and all of the work they do to pollinate our plants. Come and check out hives and raw honey. We will also have tips on how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker

     

  • Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
    • Saturday Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday Apr 11, 2015
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Saturdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $225 Child Non-members: $275

    Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades K-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply.  Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.  Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here.  You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff! Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!

    Sample topics and themes include:

    • Where are they now? – taking a closer look at signs of animals through their tracks, scat and more
    • Backyard birds and plants – signs of the seasons are often told through the actions of birds and plants; what are we seeing and what does that mean?
    • Big Night -- Vernal pools and nocturnal creatures have important roles in the ecosystem, come learn about the journey salamanders and bats are a part of
    • Habitat Connections – looking at the importance of habitat through maps to define helpful links for wildlife

    This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors.  The program runs from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Saturdays.

  • April
  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday Apr 20, 2015 – Friday Apr 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $60/day $280/wk Child Non-members: $75/day $355/ wk

    We welcome all campers from kindergarten through fifth grade!  Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days.
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  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Monday Apr 20, 2015 – Thursday Apr 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk Child Non-members: $60/day $220/wk

    Join us during school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors and explore outside.

    Monday, April 20 -  Gardening for Wildlife     

    Tuesday, April 21 -  Spring is Awakening

    Wednesday, April 22 -  Earth Day Celebration

    Thursday, April 23 -  Pond Life

    Participants bring their own snack and lunch.

    *Registration is required for this event.

  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 24, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

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    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.

  • May
  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      8:00 am – 6:00 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 participants 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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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      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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  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 25, 2015 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:
    • $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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  • July
  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jul 7, 2015 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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  • Nature Pottery
    • Thursday Jul 16, 2015 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 21, 2015 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

  • Nature Pottery
    • Thursday Jul 30, 2015 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.

     

  • August
  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 4, 2015 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

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 18, 2015 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.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100