Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
      7:00am – 9:00am
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    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
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    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: 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
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: 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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  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    IMG_2848The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more. We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.

     

  • Guided Canoe Tours
    • Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 – Monday, Sep 7, 2015
      10:00am – 11:30am
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00, Child Non-members: $9.00

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.

     

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday, Jul 31, 2015 – Friday, Aug 21, 2015
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    Mother and daughter who could be at fam camp

    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.  

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday, Jul 31, 2015 – Friday, Aug 21, 2015
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    Mother and daughter who could be at fam camp

    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. 

  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Adventures
    • Monday, Aug 3, 2015 – Friday, Aug 7, 2015
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • 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
      9:15am – 3:15pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $245, Child Non-members: $290
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    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

  • October
  • Women’s Day Retreat
    • Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 10:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $60.00

    This daylong retreat is an opportunity for women to relax and rejuvenate while discovering the beauty of the natural world. The day will offer a variety of stress-free activities, including an exploration hike, canoe ride, meditation and stress reduction workshops. At the end of the day,we will unwind with a wine and chocolate tasting.

    Enjoy this opportunity to socialize with other women in the community and connect with nature!

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  • The Top of Africa: Ethiopia
    • Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $$5, Child Non-members: $
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    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair. This species is endemic to Ethiopia. Ron Davis photo.

    This latest of Ron and Lee Davises’ illustrated presentations on their around-the-world wildlife adventures features central and southern Ethiopia. The Davises visited a wide range of habitats from below 3000 to over 13,000 feet altitude in the most extensively mountainous country of Africa to photograph some of the most rare and beautiful birds and mammals of the continent.

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Oct 26, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme: Celebrate the Night

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • November
  • Giving Thanks
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    • Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 9:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $15, Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Let us come together to celebrate all that nature provides for us. We will learn some Native American traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts.  We will continue the learning and fun outside for the last part of the class.  Please bring a snack and clothes for all participants to enjoy time outside.

    *siblings under 2 are free and maximum of 3 children

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

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Nov 23, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme: Beaver Moon

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • Homeschool Field Trip: Forces in Nature
    • Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • 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.

    Scholars will participate in activities that exemplify energy transfer and how energy flows through systems. Beginning with the sun as the original source of energy on this planet, we will recognize that energy constantly flows from one form to another. Multiple methods of experience, discovery and activity will deepen the scholars’ understanding of energy.

  • December
  • Good Night, Nature
    Winter-moon
    • Monday, Dec 21, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme:  Solstice Celebration

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

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

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

  • January
  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    Girl Bird Feeder Winter
    • Thursday, Jan 7, 2016 – Thursday, Jan 14, 2016
      6:00pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday December 30, after 12/30 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

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