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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  • Beautiful Songbirds – Illustrations by Ashley Halsey
    • Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – Monday, May 9, 2016
      11:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Songbirds_ahalsey_cvrOriginal watercolors by Ashley Halsey will be on display in the Maine Audubon Environmental Center in Falmouth through May 9.

    Ashley Halsey is an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist living in Portland, Maine. Growing up on a farm in Connecticut deeply ingrained a love of nature in her. As a result, Ashely is passionate about the environment and conservation, and how she can spread awareness of the natural world through her art.

     

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • 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

  • Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday, May 2, 2016 – Thursday, May 12, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Location: Evergreen Cemetery
    • Free

    One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds—particularly warblers—is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.

    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.

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center. Evergreen is a particular favorite spot of his: the location where he spent hours, many years ago, before high school learning warblers for the first time.

  • July
  • Creating a Seashell Wreath
    • Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $17 - Non-members: $20

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us for an evening of creativity and sculpture as we make unique wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. You can bring your own shells and sea glass or use ones we have collected. Participants will be guided through the process of how to create the base and add the shells to the wreath. Whether you are a Maine resident or just a visitor to our shores, you will be able to bring back the beauty of the salt marsh to display in your home for all to enjoy.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: 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 and will make a plaster track to bring home

    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

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday, Jul 18, 2016 – Friday, Jul 22, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet!

    Camp session (5 days) — July 18 through July 22

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

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Monday, Jul 18, 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 18 – Snakes and Frogs

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Monday, Jul 18, 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, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)

     

    July 18 – Snakes and Frogs

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Jul 18, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 10:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: 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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

     

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Jul 20, 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 20 – Birds

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Jul 20, 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, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)

     

    July 20 – Birds

  • Nature Pottery
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    • Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: 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

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