Events & Programs


  • 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

    ***There will be no walk on August 18th. Sorry for any inconvenience***

    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.

    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
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
      10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      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. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Yoga in the Apple Orchard
    • Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
      11:30am – 12:15pm
    • Every Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: FREE - Donations appreciated

    Sarah Tree on Crescent BeachJoin us each Thursday this summer for lunchtime yoga in the apple orchard with instructor Sarah Victor, LMT, RYT. Class is free, but donations are appreciated and go to support the work of Maine Audobon. Please bring a mat and any props you may need if possible; some mats and props are available for use. Please e-mail the instructor directly with any questions at [email protected]

     

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday, Aug 5, 2016 – Friday, Aug 26, 2016
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
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    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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *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, Aug 5, 2016 – Friday, Aug 26, 2016
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
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    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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    * The Pond

    * Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 – Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Come join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet every other week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations.  Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome….we will learn from each other.

    Walks are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and meet rain or shine. We start in the Environmental Center, but plan to spend most of the time outdoors.

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.
  • Summer Camp: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – Friday, Aug 26, 2016
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session!

    Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26

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

  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
      9:15am – 3:15pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295
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    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • December
  • Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)
    • Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day Fields Pond
    • Friday, Dec 2, 2016 1:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Fields Pond Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The store will be filled to the brim with new merchandise to make a dent on those gift and wish lists. (Discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces.)
    Free gift wrapping included!
    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
    Remember! The Penobscot Valley Chapter Holiday Party is this same evening, come early to spread some good cheer!
  • Cold Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Adult Members: $7.00, Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    December features the Cold Moon.

    The approaching Winter Solstice will become crystal clear as we watch the Cold Moon rise. Snowshoes will be available if needed or bring your own.

  • The Night Tree: Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $15.00/family - Non-members: $20.00/family

    Night TreeJoin us for a family-oriented celebration of nature in winter as we recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story The Night Tree.  We’ll decorate our own night trees to share with Maine’s winter wildlife.

    Come relax and spend time with your loved ones on the longest night of the year.  Warm cider awaits!

    Advance registration is recommended.  Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

     

    Note: peanut products will be present during this event.

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