Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00
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    Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome. Leader: Holly Twining, certified yoga instructor No class on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday, Mar 5, 2015
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • 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.

    There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.

  • Christmas Bird Count
    • Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 – Saturday, Jan 3, 2015
      7:00am – 5:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free
    Photo by Jerry Smith

    Be a birder, covering a piece of territory within the Bird Count Circle. Or, be a feeder-watcher. If you live inside either circle, and have a bird feeder, you can count your birds for about an hour. Then email or call in how many of each species came to your feeder.

    Orono-Old Town Christmas Bird Count:  Saturday, December 20

    Bangor-Bucksport Christmas Count:  Saturday, January 3

     

  • February
  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we 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 – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
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    • Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
      10:00am
    • Saturdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $225, Child Non-members: $275

    Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades K-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 weekly topics and themes include:

    • Where are they now?  – tracking for fun and research
    • Backyard birds — who are we seeing and what does that mean?
    • Short migrations, epic journeys – incredible trips that turtles, salamanders, frogs, even bats all make
    • First signs of summer – looking more closely at plant progression and animals migrating back
    • Habitat connections — using mapping and our own creativity to make 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.

  • March
  • Nature Yoga For Families
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    • Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00 or Drop in $15, Child Non-members: $15.00 or Drop in $20
    • Members $5 additional child Nonmembers $10 additional child

    March’s theme:  Think spring!

    We invite you and your young family to our new Nature Yoga For Families series. We will use a unique combination of storytelling, yoga postures and movement to keep you engaged. All you need to bring is your imagination! Come early or stay late to play in our Discovery room, visit our Nature store and bring a snack to enjoy.

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

    Instructor: Abby Brennan. Abby also teaches at Greener Postures, Maine Yoga Kids, Riverbend Yoga and Jade Integrated Health.

     

  • Birding Basics: Birding by Ear
    • Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we 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 – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 5: Spring is right around the corner and that means the birds will be singing. Being able to identify birds by their calls is a skill that will greatly improve your birding and help you quickly distinguish different species. This class will teach you techniques for remembering and identifying bird songs.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • Birding Basics: Making it Count
    • Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we 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 – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 6: 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!

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
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    • Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Abagadasset River Mouth
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Previous highlights from here have included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Tufted Duck, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

  • Nature Explorers: Coming out of Hibernation
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    • Monday, Mar 30, 2015 9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Theme: Who is returning/awakening and how can you help them?

    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 required.

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 – Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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 2: Signs of Spring
    Themes include:

    • Animals Waking Up
    • Maple Syrup
    • Signs of Spring
    • Backyard Birds
    • Bees & Pollinators
    • Rainbow Gardens
    • Vernal Pools
    • and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 4/21)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

     

  • April
  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Wednesdays)
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    • Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015
      10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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 2: Signs of Spring
    Themes include:

    • Animals Waking Up
    • Maple Syrup
    • Signs of Spring
    • Backyard Birds
    • Bees & Pollinators
    • Rainbow Gardens
    • Vernal Pools
    • and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 4/22)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
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    • Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 7:00am – 9:00am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds, and hopefully some of our early returning southern migrants.

  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday, Apr 20, 2015 – Friday, Apr 24, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $60/day $280/wk, Child Non-members: $75/day $355/ wk

    We welcome all campers from kindergarten through fifth grade!  Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days.
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