Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016
      9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $110.00, Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
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    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    Bird walks will start at 7:00AM beginning on April 7th. On April 28th our walk will be held across the street at the Portland Country Club (meet at 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME).

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      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.

     

  • July
  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Jul 22, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)

     

    July 22 – Insects

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Jul 22, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon. (Maximum of three children per adult)

     

    July 22 – Insects

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Bird Monitoring SMACJoin us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
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  • Kayak Tour
    • Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $13 - Non-members: $15

    Discover 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.  Deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak.  Must be 16 or older.

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 26 – Snakes and Frogs

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    VbjyYkUsuuiQcathfdNVoHXxIUYZ-6BxYm5Xb0kSCD8Through 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

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 26 – Snakes and Frogs

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
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    • Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12, Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14, Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 28 – Birds

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 28 – Birds

  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    July 30 – Insects

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