Events & Programs: Youth


  • May
  • 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 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
  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Jun 8, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Take your preschooler out exploring at our drop in nature time class. We’ll share stories, movement, and art.

    Most of the program will be outdoors.

     

  • Homeschool Field Trip
    • Friday Jun 12, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

    We aim to nurture the natural curiosity of children through experiential learning, exploration and play. Every field trip includes a focus question which sets the stage for investigating solutions or providing alternatives. Scholars participate in indoor and outdoor experiences that incorporate academic and social skill building in a small group setting.

     

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    Discovering Opportunities: Our exploration of the diverse habitats at Fields Pond will set the groundwork for learning about the opportunistic nature of living things.  We will investigate decomposers in the forest, predator-prey relationships in the pond and bird behavior in the meadow.

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  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 – Friday Jun 26, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Life cycles are abundant at Gilsland Farm.  Come learn about the different circles of life that our plants and animals go through during our first week of camp!

    Camp session (5 day) — June 22 through 26

    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 22, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    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 Time Drop In
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Take your preschooler out exploring at our drop in nature time class. We’ll share stories, movement, and art.

    Most of the program will be outdoors.

     

  • Summertime Work Party
    • Saturday Jun 27, 2015 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, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small.

    Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action.

    Lunch will be served or bring your own. Please call 989-2591 for details or if you’re group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party in July or August.

  • Summer Camp: Nature Detectives
    • Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Thursday Jul 2, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $220 Child Non-members: $280

    From unearthing compost critters to finding camouflaged bugs to using binoculars to view far off birds, come to this camp if you’re curious about the great outdoors.  We will visit Mackworth Island for some sea-shore examinations and other fascinating spots one day this week.  Grades K-5

    4-day Summer Camp — Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2 (No Camp Friday, July 3)

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

     

  • July
  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Jul 3, 2015 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

  • Summer Camp: Earth Investigations
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Are you ready to investigate your world around you?   Join us to take a closer look at animals, their behaviors, habitats and more in this action-packed week.  We will be visiting the Farmer’s Market to widen our investigations and knowledge.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 6 through 10

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

     

  • Elements – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    Like detectives hot on the trail, we will be investigating patterns in nature and learning how form fits function while expressing ourselves the best way we know how.

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps. Our camps feature outdoor explorations, kidsmagnifyglassgames, 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.

     

     

  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday Jul 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290

    Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection between wildlife and habitat and children will bring something home to further their learning.

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • 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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  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Have you ever wondered why animals come in all different sizes?  What makes them unique?  Come to this camp to discover the lives of Maine’s animals, both great and small.

    Camp session (5 day) — July 13 through 17

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

  • Perspective – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    From minuscule larvae in the pond up to the tops of the tallest trees we will experience how perspectives can change in a blink while discovering the connectedness of large and small things.

    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.

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
      9:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    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 14, 2015 – Thursday Jul 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    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 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

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 17, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Explore 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.

  • Summer Camp: Animal Overload
    • Monday Jul 20, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Hundreds of animals consider Gilsland Farm home at some point in the year.  Join us to learn the who, what, when and where of these incredible creatures.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 20 through 24

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

     

  • 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

  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday Jul 23, 2015 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.

    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

     

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Jul 24, 2015 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

  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    From the salamanders hiding under logs to squirrels’ nests in trees, we will search high and low for nature’s secrets. Mackworth Island will provide us an additional location to explore one day during this camp session.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 27 through 31

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

  • Natural Expressions – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    This is a fast paced high energy week of ecosystem explorations filled with movement, writing and performance. Guest artists will be sharing their skills with us throughout the week.

    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.

     

     

     

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday Jul 30, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Experience the marsh from a fish eye view. We will catch some marsh fish, the mummichog, andMummichogs in Tank
    get an up close look at the world in which they live. In addition to these hands-on activities, the children will do a craft project.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20

    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Adventures
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Who doesn’t love oceans, ponds, rain and snow?  Come to this week of camp if you love water in all its glorious forms. We will seek out all the aquatic locations of Gilsland Farm and visit Mackworth Island for an ocean study day as well! Camp session (5 day) — August 3 through 7 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Landscapes – Nature Camp
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00

    kidsonrocksFPYoung naturalists will practice observing, appreciating and loving their environment like never before. Learn to interpret natural landscapes to determine prior land use.

    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. This week is driven by ecosystems and habitat. Young naturalists will learn to look at, appreciate and love their environment like never before.

    Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

     

     

    Financial assistance is available. Application available at maineaudubon.org.

  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290

    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • 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

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 6, 2015 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

  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Friday Aug 14, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats?

    Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14

    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 III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    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 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210

    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

  • Bats and Bugs
    • Thursday Aug 13, 2015 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.

    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: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
    • Monday Aug 17, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355

    Birds of a feather flock together, colonies of frogs and beavers share ponds, swarms of bees make our honey and schools of fish avoid being eaten by sharks and other predators.  We will learn about these animals and so much more during our last week of camp.

    Camp session (5 day) — August 17 through 21

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

  • 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

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Aug 21, 2015 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 27, 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.