Events & Programs


  • 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
    Holly-Twining-by-Cheryl-Daigle1

    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

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 – Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • 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.      

     

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    15162121074_b8b36048ca_k

    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.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
    Learn more

  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
    Learn more

  • Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
    • Monday, May 4, 2015 – Monday, May 25, 2015
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $30.00, Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure.

    20131014_104558Be prepared to enjoy the outdoors!

     

  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • 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.

     

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks
    • Friday, May 22, 2015 – Friday, May 29, 2015
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free
    may bird walk_essex woods

    Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended due to wet grass and occasional muddy conditions.  In consideration of wildlife and fellow birders, no pets please on the bird walks.

    Friday, May 8:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.

    Saturday, May 9 (Spring Fest – Int’l Migratory Bird Day):  Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leaders:  Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith

    Meet in Fields Pond Audubon Center parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 12:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gloria Vollmers

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Kittredge Rd.

    Wednesday, May 13:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance.

    Friday, May 15:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.

    Monday, May 18:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178.

    Wednesday, May 20:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leader:  Paul Corcoran

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Tripp Dr.

    Thursday, May 21:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leaders:  Robert Ostrowski, Gordon Russell

    Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.

    Friday, May 22:  Caribou Bog area, Orono

    Co-sponsored by Orono Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at OLT parking area 0.3 mi in on Taylor Rd. from Forest Ave.

    Saturday, May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    On Godfrey Dr., across from the Black Bear Inn, go past Lixus Nexus on left, turn left after next white bldg., meet in the rear parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 26:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Gordon Russell

    Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.

    Wednesday, May 27:  Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor

    Leaders:  Hope Brogunier, Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet in the 2nd parking lot upstream of the intersection of Valley Ave. and Bruce Rd.

    Thursday, May 28:  University of Maine, Orono

    Leader: Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the parking lot on Route 2 (Park Street), approximately one mile north of Rangeley Road campus entrance

    Friday, May 29: Stillwater River Trail, Orono

    Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Bennoch Road and Noyes Drive.

  • Freeport Birding Weekend
    • Friday, May 22, 2015 – Sunday, May 24, 2015
      7:30pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: L.L.Bean
    • Free
    EasternPhoebeWEB

    We are very excited to announce the Freeport Birding Weekend, a new event in partnership with L.L.Bean. Over Memorial Day Weekend, we will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginners and pros across all ages. If you are interested in birds, this event is for you. More details coming soon but here are a few fun events scheduled:

    Bernd Heinrich:  Presentation about his newest book, “The Homing Instinct”. Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm

    Outings: Florida Lake, Pettengil Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and owl prowls.

    Clinics: “Essential gear,” Birding 101 and Bird Photography

    Family events: Birding for kids; there will also be educators with live birds on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 pm

    Book signing: A Snowy Owl Story. Based on a true story, this simple narrative teaches youngsters about migration, adaptation and respectful human interaction with nature. Maine author Melissa Kim and Maine illustrator Jada Fitch will be available to sign this inspiring book, published by Islandport Press in cooperation with Maine Audubon.

    Birdathon: The Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon that supports our mission to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a beginning or serious birder, you can join the fun! Learn more, register a team or pledge to support a team here.

    2015 L.L.Bean Birding Festival Schedule

  • August
  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Aug 4, 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.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the world of birds through interactive activities, crafts and observation. Children will soar like an osprey or catch fish like a cormorant or heron. We will also go for a walk at the marsh and observe the many birds that are migrating through Maine’s largest salt marsh. This program will allow children to learn about the marsh and the birds that live here while having fun and interacting with this special environment.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2015
    • Friday, Aug 7, 2015 6:45pm – 8:45pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • Hidden Wildlands
    • Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $25 - Non-members: $35

    This special nature exploration is set in a private estate in Cape Elizabeth encompassing more than 2,000 acres of exceptional wildlife habitat.  The mature pine, oak and red spruce forests; fields and orchards; and beaver flowages, ponds and coastal shorelines ensure a broad range of both flora and fauna.  Bird species can include terns and shorebirds to inland songbirds of fields and forest.  Abundant wildflowers and edible and medicinal plants are found along the footpaths.  A stop at a resident cemetery en route adds some historical perspective.  This trip although not a hike, involves considerable walking on dirt and uneven footpaths.  Join us for a picnic lunch after the trip at a nearby beach.

  • Canoe Basics
    • Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $45

    New to the world of canoeing?  Always wondered how to steer that long boat without crashing into the shore?  This class is for you!  We will spend some time on land, and then on the water, discussing the basics of canoe safety, canoe launching, and the basic principles of paddling. You will also learn how to evaluate the paddling environment (wind, waves, weather, water).  On the water you will learn canoe strokes (forward with switch and with rudder; draw, push away) and steering (straight line, spinning on the center axis).

    Your instructors are all national canoe racing champions and Registered Maine Guides with years of experience canoeing and sharing their knowledge with others.

     

  • Advanced Canoeing
    • Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    This class is designed for those that have either completed the morning session, or already have comparable experience and skills and would like to learn more.  It will include both on land and in water demonstrations. There will be a brief review of canoe safety and knowing before you go.  You will learn some additional canoe strokes and steering techniques.  The instructors will help you learn how to “read the water” and how to paddle under difficult situations.

    Your instructors are all national canoe racing champions and Registered Maine Guides with years of experience canoeing and sharing their knowledge with others.

     

    Cost is $15 if you have gone to the morning Canoe Basics.

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
    SMAC 8-13-10 016 cattails
    • Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $9

    Join naturalist Gary Roberts as you revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants and shrubs.  Participants will be able to sample some of the many edible plants that grow in the marsh and learn of their medicinal properties. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Sunday, Aug 9, 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12, Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14, Child Non-members: $12

    SunsetJoin 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.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
    Osprey in nest by Richard Spinney
    • Monday, Aug 10, 2015 – Friday, Aug 14, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats?

    Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14

    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 III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    IMAG0164
    • Monday, Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015
      9:15am
    • 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 III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    IMAG0164
    • Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday, Aug 20, 2015
      9:00am
    • 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

  • Bats and Bugs
    • Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Learn more about the mysterious nighttime fliers, the bat.  These amazing animals maneuver through the night sky using echolocation, ultrasonic vibrations and excellent sight.  Participants will learn more about bats through hands on crafts, activities and games.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

Events are listed by date – browse future events using the buttons below!

1 5 6 7 8 9