Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016
      9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $110.00, Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Beautiful Songbirds – Illustrations by Ashley Halsey
    • Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – Monday, May 9, 2016
      11:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Songbirds_ahalsey_cvrOriginal watercolors by Ashley Halsey will be on display in the Maine Audubon Environmental Center in Falmouth through May 9.

    Ashley Halsey is an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist living in Portland, Maine. Growing up on a farm in Connecticut deeply ingrained a love of nature in her. As a result, Ashely is passionate about the environment and conservation, and how she can spread awareness of the natural world through her art.

     

  • 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

    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.

    Bird walks will start at 7:00AM beginning on April 7th. On April 28th our walk will be held across the street at the Portland Country Club (meet at 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME).

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

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

    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. 

  • Summer Camp: Buzz-worthy Wildlife
    • Monday, Aug 8, 2016 – Friday, Aug 19, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $570, Child Non-members: $720

    Whats all the buzz about!  We are going nuts about growing native and learning about pollinators and the species that they help.  Come join us in this two week series and we will take a trip on the bus to the Farmers Market in Portland to see all the local foods and goods produced by Mainers!  We will also create a project locally to be stewards of our environment by learning about native and invasive plants!

    Camp session (two weeks) — August 8 through August 19

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

  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Keeping the Balance
    • Monday, Aug 8, 2016 – Friday, Aug 12, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $250.00, Child Non-members: $300.00

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    This week we will immerse ourselves into the diverse habitats of Fields Pond with a focus on native plants and animals and how to encourage a nature balance in and around your home. Additionally we will learn how to use screen time in a focused way as a citizen scientist.

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
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    • Monday, Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016
      9:15am
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215

    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 III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
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    • Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 18, 2016
      9:15am
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215

    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

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 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.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

     

    August 16 – Feeding Birds

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

     

    August 16 – Feeding Birds

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 781-2330 ext 213 or e-mail [email protected]

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  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

     

    August 18 – Native Plants in the Garden

  • Nature Pottery
    • Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $7, Child Non-members: $9

    Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

     

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