Events & Programs
- Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
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.
There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.
- Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Tuesdays)
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!
Session 1: Signs of Winter
* Cozy homes for the winter
* Animal Signs
* Winter Birds
* Winter Adaptations
* Groundhog’s Day
* Snow Science
* and more!
*10 Weeks (no class on 2/17)
*No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.
*Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.
- Fields Pond Yoga
Come to Fields Pond Audubon Center to stretch, energize and relax. This weekly yoga class is open to all levels. Enjoy the gorgeous views! Leader: Holly Twining, Maine Audubon naturalist, certified yoga instructor
- Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades 2-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply. Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data. Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here. You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff! Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!
Sample topics and themes include:
- Where are they now? – taking a closer look at signs of animals through their tracks, scat and more
- Backyard birds and plants – signs of the seasons are often told through the actions of birds and plants; what are we seeing and what does that mean?
- Big Night -- Vernal pools and nocturnal creatures have important roles in the ecosystem, come learn about the journey salamanders and bats are a part of
- Habitat Connections – looking at the importance of habitat through maps to define helpful links for wildlife
This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors. The program runs from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Saturdays.
- Spring Fest
Join our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s activities will include bird walks, a children’s activity area with Stillwater Montessori, a nature exploration and more.
All ages, get out in nature and spend some time with us!
7 – 8:30 a.m. Bird Walk w/ Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith
8:30 – 10 a.m. Printmaking: Bird Art w/ Marcella Christensen
9 – 11:00 a.m. Birding by Ear Walk w/ Steve Coleman
10 a.m. – noon Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori
11 a.m. – noon Birding for Children w/ Erik Klausmeyer
noon – 1:00 p.m. Lichen Exploration w/ Kim Robichaud
- Monthly Bird Walk
Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.
- Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
The 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.
- Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Bird Sense: What It’s Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead and Katrina van Grouw
Combining a wealth of bird facts with a winning modesty in the face of these creatures’ essential mysteriousness, Bird Sense is a richly persuasive volume. This fascinating book has much to teach us, not just about what it means to be a bird, but about the rewards and responsibilities of our coexistence with these wonderful creatures.
Leader: Joyce Rumery
- Nature Explorers: Outside My Window
Theme: Who is outside my window?
Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.
*No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult.
This is a drop in program – no registration is required.
- Birding by Canoe
Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.
Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield
Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.
Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22
Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria
Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12
Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining
Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19
- Outdoor Photography Workshop
Search, find, and photograph with Andy Anderson. We’ll focus on nature up close as we take a look at macro photography. Please bring along a tripod for your camera if you own one.
For a sample of Andy’s photography, visit kingfisherphotography.com.
Leader: Andy Anderson, Nature Photographer
- Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
Run or walk at one of the most scenic and special places in Maine and support the Scarborough Marsh.
The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center on Route 9. A 1K Fun Run for kids started at 8:30 a.m.
• $16 preregistration
• $19 race day registration
• $4 Kids 1K Fun Run (12 and under)
Prices subject to change. Check back for updates on prices and additional sponsors.
- Fields Pond Paddle
Join us on a paddle as day shifts into night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent a canoe from us.
Please register by calling FPAC.
- Herbal Adventure
Take an herb walk with Jessi Sader then blend herbal tea of your own. Learn about local plants with health benefits and how to plan your own medicinal herb garden.
Cost includes herbs and fillable tea bags.
- Good Night, Nature
Theme: Pond life at 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
- Full Moon Canoe Tour
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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