Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • 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.

    Walks will be at 7:00AM again beginning in April.

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

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

    No charge for siblings under age two
    Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5

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

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    DEJUCome join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations. Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome… we will learn from each other.

    Walks are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and meet rain or shine.

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 2
    • Monday, Aug 7, 2017 – Friday, Aug 11, 2017
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    Campers will study the diverse forests of Maine and the species that depend on them throughout the year.  The session includes a day of forest exploration at Freeport’s Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 7-11

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


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  • Scarborough Marsh Fundraiser – Romeo’s Pizza
    • Monday, Aug 7, 2017 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Free

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    Romeo’s Pizza is having a fundraiser for the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. Come eat pizza and other great tasty meals to help the Center! Romeo’s Pizza will donate a portion of evening sales to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. This applies to take out or eating in.  There will be door prizes.

    Visit Romeo’s Pizza website to browse their menu.

    For more information call 207-883-5100, Romeo’s is located at 201 Route 1 in Scarborough.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Aug 7, 2017 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    • 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 7:00

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

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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 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.

    img_4484Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Camp E.Y.E.S. – Emergent Youth Ecology Squad
    • Monday, Aug 14, 2017 – Friday, Aug 18, 2017
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Child Members: $250.00, Child Non-members: $300.00

    Junior naturalists age 11-13 who are interested in wildlife and nature will enjoy this summer program that explores local ecological and conservation-based topics in detail. Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data. Each day is designed to cover a topic in great detail and intended to build individual community and home connections.

    Outings each day on and off trail on our 213 acre preserve will include a canoe trip at week’s end. Guest scientists will join us throughout the week.

     Scholarships available!


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  • Explorers Session 4: Animal Architects
    • Monday, Aug 14, 2017 – Friday, Aug 18, 2017
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    August 14-18 – Animal Architects
    Animals build and create an amazing array of structures! From spider webs to beaver lodges, we will practice making our own as we discover how and why animals build the things they do.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 1
    • Monday, Aug 14, 2017 – Friday, Aug 18, 2017
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    We will find out about how bats, moths, mosquitos and other wildlife species benefit humans. This session includes an optional evening evening family program to monitor moths and bats.  

    Camp session (5 days) – August 14-18

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


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  • Nature Pottery
    • Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 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.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Squash Session 4: Who Lives Here?
    • Monday, Aug 21, 2017 – Friday, Aug 25, 2017
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $215, Child Non-members: $265

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 2
    • Monday, Aug 21, 2017 – Friday, Aug 25, 2017
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    We will explore how natural helpers like bees, butterflies, and birds take care of us in their own way.  This session includes a trip to Portland’s Farmers Market to see the “fruits of their labor”.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 21-25

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


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Tuesday
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5, Child Non-members: $7

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

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    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday, Aug 25, 2017 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

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