Events & Programs


  • 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.

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

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
      10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      10:00am – 11:30am
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00, Child Non-members: $9.00

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday, Jun 20, 2016 – Friday, Jul 1, 2016
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $570, Child Non-members: $720

    Join us for a two week adventure where campers will discover the lay of the land of Gilsland Farm, Scarborough Marsh and Mackworth Island!  We will uncover the mysteries of how animals travel from habitat to habitat and how we fit into their world!  Come explore with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games!

    Camp session (two weeks) — June 20 through July 1

    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 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday, Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016
      9:15am – 1:00pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
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    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 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday, Jun 30, 2016
      9:15am – 1:00pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
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    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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday, Jun 24, 2016 – Friday, Jul 22, 2016
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $55, Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    summer nature time

    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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday, Jun 24, 2016 – Friday, Jul 22, 2016
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $55, Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    summer nature time

    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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • August
  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds and help us document all present species. Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, we divide the marsh among groups of monitors. Depending on the assignment, some surveys are on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome!.

    The morning will start with a brief introduction. After that, monitors will disperse to their assigned sections.IMG_2848

     

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Aug 20, 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 20 – Dirt and Worms

  • Kayak Tour
    • Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 12:30pm – 2:30pm
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $13.00 - Non-members: $15

    Carole (2)Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.  Deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak.  Must be 16 or older.

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Aug 20, 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 20 – Dirt and Worms

  • Summer Camp: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – Friday, Aug 26, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session!

    Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26

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

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Monday, Aug 22, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    August 22 – Feeding Birds in a Digital Age

  • Explorers: Habitats
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    This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    • Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Monday, Aug 22, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    August 22 – Feeding Birds in a Digital Age

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Aug 23, 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

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    August 24 – Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    All families and all ages are welcome to learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage family-centered time in nature. July topics link specific species to their habitat and August topics concentrate on ways to establish healthy connections to nature in and around your home. Each day’s AM and PM class repeats.

    August 24 – Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 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

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