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.
Walks will begin at 7am through November. Beginning December 3rd, these walks will start at 8am. Please note there will be no walks on November 26, December 24, and December 31 due to the holidays.
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.
- Family Fun: Signs of Fall (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!
* Monarch Butterflies
* Falling Leaves
* An Apple a Day
* Little Brown Bats
*How seeds Travel
* Life in the Pond
*Hoots in the Night
*Animals getting ready for Winter
* and more!
*14 Weeks (no class on 11/24)
*No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.
*Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.
- E.Y.E.S. – Emerging Youth Ecology Squad
This 7-week series of classes will take place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from Sept. 12 through Dec. 12. Scholarships available!
This is a drop-off program and students should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors.
Each class of the 7-week series is designed to cover a different topic:
September 12: Monarch Madness – Butterflies are nature’s jewels. We will feature our treasured Monarch, inspect milkweed plants for activity and search for adults and chrysalis. We will also learn about other species of butterflies. Butterfly migration, life cycle, habitat and other traits will be covered in fun, active ways.
September 26: Bringing Nature Home – This day will be dedicated to finding simple ways to create suitable habitat for all kinds of species. We will design and construct a few prototypes as well. Possible designs will include hibernacula, bat houses, raised bed of some sort. . .
October 10: Bats: Nighttime Navigators – Flying mammals? True Hibernators? Mysterious population declines? Learn about Maine bat species and ways to maintain and improve habitat for all bat populations for years to come.
October 24: Forest “Fun”damentals – Forest ecology will drive our day from top to bottom. We will discuss concepts like interdependence and succession as we explore coniferous and mixed deciduous forests, read the landscape for prior land use and acquaint ourselves with diverse forest habitats.
November 14: Talking Turkey – Wild turkey nearly became extinct in the early 1930s because of habitat loss and overhunting. We will learn how humans led conservation efforts to recover the species to a population today of over 7 million and we will discuss strategies for protecting other endangered and threatened species in Maine.
November 28: Who is Still Here? Our state’s human population shifts dramatically when summer vistors leave and only winter residents remain. We’ll find out about the wildlife that joins us in surviving and thriving in Maine’s wonderful winter months.
December 12: Tucking in Nature – As the days get shorter, animals get ready for the winter. We will uncover different habitats and find the creatures that are preparing for the cold season in and around the pond, marsh, meadow and forest.
Registrants interested in individual classes must contact their Maine Audubon Educator to make special arrangements. Cost for a single class is $40 for members, $50 per non-members.
- Nature Tuesday Group
Come join the new Nature Tuesday Group! We will meet each week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and learn from each other. Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome.
Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. We will meet rain or shine. Please meet in the Environmental Center, but plan to spend most of the time outdoors.
Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.