Events & Programs: Uncategorized


  • March
  • Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop
    • Friday Mar 31, 2017 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • Maine Lake Science Center
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    Join us for this interactive workshop with two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth, and receive a FREE bird feeder for your classroom. This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats.  Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students!

    two_girls_with_checklists_pointing-300x200The Flying WILD materials built on scientifically sound information, engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. While meeting the needs of the classroom teacher, Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and others. Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

    BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.  From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth provides educators with resources that engage youth in their own investigations!

    Workshop participants will receive Bird Sleuth information, a bird feeder and curriculum materials along with the activity guide, Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which features:

    • 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons
    • Listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
    • Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats.
  • April
  • Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop
    • Saturday Apr 8, 2017 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This in-depth 5-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

    natural curiousGrowing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:

    • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide.
    • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign
    • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
    • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

     

     

     

  • 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
  • Volunteer Naturalist Training – Scarborough Marsh
    • Wednesday Apr 26, 2017 – Thursday Apr 27, 2017
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Volunteers are needed to lead nature explorations Monday through Friday for groups of all ages at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.  No experience is needed, just a love of nature and a desire to share it with others. We provide training in marsh ecology and leading groups.

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    Trainings will occur  Wednesday, April 26 9:30 – noon and Thursday April 27 To register and for more information contact [email protected]

  • May
  • Warbler Walks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday May 8, 2017 – Thursday May 18, 2017
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Evergreen Cemetery
    • Free

    Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Monday through Thursday we will bird Evergreen Cemetery. Last year we identified 111 species during these two weeks!

    We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.

  • Pollinator Parade & Festival
    • Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: FREE (parking pass required, see details below)

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, and more.

    11:30 am – Third Annual Pollinator Parade

    We’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Monarch Butterfly Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience. Melissa and Jada will be available to sign copies of the book.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park.

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!


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  • Speaker Series: The Puffin Project
    • Thursday May 25, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program

    Renowned bird biologist and conservation icon, Steve Kress, will discuss his famous work in the Gulf of Maine and beyond.

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  • June
  • Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop
    • Friday Jun 2, 2017 8:45 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    Join us for this interactive workshop with two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth, and receive a FREE bird feeder for your classroom. This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats.  Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students!

    two_girls_with_checklists_pointing-300x200The Flying WILD materials built on scientifically sound information, engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. While meeting the needs of the classroom teacher, Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and others. Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

    BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.  From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth provides educators with resources that engage youth in their own investigations!

    Workshop participants will receive Bird Sleuth information, a bird feeder and curriculum materials along with the activity guide, Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which features:

    • 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons
    • Listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
    • Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats.
  • Full Moon Evening Paddle on Fields Pond
    • Friday Jun 9, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 10 free

    Float along the lake shore as waning day becomes moonlit night as we celebrate the rising of the Strawberry Moon and ponder all the things summer will have to share with us. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace our trip.

    Kayaks and canoes welcome or rent a canoe from us for 10.00

     

     

  • Speaker Series: Landscaping for Resilience
    • Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring author and landscape architect, Thomas Rainer

    Thomas Rainer is the author of Planting In A Post Wild World (with Claudia West).  He has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the New York Botanical Garden.  His award-winning website and blog is called “Grounded Design.”

    More details to come…


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