Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Signs of Winter (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 – Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
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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!

    Session 1: Signs of Winter

    Themes include:
    * 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
    • Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00
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    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.)
    • Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
      10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Saturdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $225, Child Non-members: $275
    Red Tailed Hawk

    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.

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

    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.

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Jun 29, 2015 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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

  • July
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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

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    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Camp: Earth Investigations
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    • Monday, Jul 6, 2015 – Friday, Jul 10, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    Are you ready to investigate your world around you?   Join us to take a closer look at animals, their behaviors, habitats and more in this action-packed week.  We will be visiting the Farmer’s Market to widen our investigations and knowledge.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 6 through 10

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

     

  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
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    • Monday, Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $245, Child Non-members: $290

    Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection between wildlife and habitat and children will bring something home to further their learning.

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Reservations required.  Call 207-883-5100

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  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

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    Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey.  After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results.  The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.

    Advance registration appreciated but not required.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
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    • Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12, Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14, Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    Debbie DiCarlo
    • Monday, Jul 13, 2015 – Friday, Jul 17, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    Have you ever wondered why animals come in all different sizes?  What makes them unique?  Come to this camp to discover the lives of Maine’s animals, both great and small.

    Camp session (5 day) — July 13 through 17

    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 II: Mondays and Wednesdays
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    • Monday, Jul 13, 2015 – Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015
      9:15pm
    • 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 II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
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    • Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 – Thursday, Jul 23, 2015
      9:15am
    • 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

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