Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • 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.

     

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday, Jun 22, 2015 – Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015
      9:15am – 1:00pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
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    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 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 – Thursday, Jul 2, 2015
      9:15am – 1:00pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
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    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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday, Jun 26, 2015 – Friday, Jul 24, 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

    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:

    *Hummingbirds

    *Roll Roll Roll a Log

    *Life at the Pond!

    *Mammals

    *4 Weeks (No class Friday July 3)

    *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 I at 10:30
    • Friday, Jun 26, 2015 – Friday, Jul 24, 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

    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:

    *Hummingbirds

    *Roll Roll Roll a Log

    *Life at the Pond!

    *Mammals

    *4 Weeks (No class Friday July 3)

    *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: Nature Detectives
    • Monday, Jun 29, 2015 – Thursday, Jul 2, 2015
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $220, Child Non-members: $280
    Birdathon Option 2

    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.

     

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
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    • Monday, Aug 10, 2015 – Friday, Aug 14, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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
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    • Monday, Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015
      9:15am
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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
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    • Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday, Aug 20, 2015
      9:00am
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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

  • Naturalist Forum – Japan in Winter
    • Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Japan in Winter: a Crane and Sea-Eagle Spectacle! 

    Presented by Marie Jordan.  

    Japan has several claims to fame as a travel destination, but relatively few people think of the country as a wildlife destination-in winter!  Highlights of Marie’s trip included thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes found on the fabulous island of Kyushu, third largest of Japan’s four islands, and the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and majestic Steller’s Eagles on the larger island of Hokkaido.   She will include other bird species, interesting places and sights seen as she traveled through the country.

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • Bats and Bugs
    • Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: 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

  • Exploring the Night Sky
    • Friday, Aug 14, 2015 8:30pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $6 - Non-members: $8

    Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. We will view the stars and planets while enjoying the sights and sounds of the salt marsh in the evening.  Participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope on the back deck.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 7:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds and help us document all present species. Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, we divide the marsh among groups of monitors. Depending on the assignment, some surveys are on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome!
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  • Backyard Citizen Science Workshop
    • Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    From birds to plants, insects to amphibians, there are all sorts of interesting things to observe in your backyards and scientists want to know about it! Here is your opportunity to learn about some of the citizen science projects going on, locally and globally, that you can be a part of.

    This workshop will include time both indoors and outdoors. First learning about the different citizen science projects and then practicing how to collect data for them.

  • Summer Camp: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
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    • Monday, Aug 17, 2015 – Friday, Aug 21, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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
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    • Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Tuesday
    • Location: 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 10:30am – 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

  • Snowy Egret Day
    • Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 7:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Experience a day of family fun, including a canoe tour, nature crafts, used book sale, nature and bird walks and more. There will be special programs for children as well as displays and information. Come join us for this fun-filled day and celebrate all that Maine’s largest salt marsh has to offer! This event is held in conjunction with the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.

    Fee for some programs.

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