Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
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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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
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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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


    Learn more

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm
    • 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.

    Nature Tuesday will be Jan 10 at 1:30 at PINE POINT BEACH.

    We chose this location because it will be a low, low tide at 3:06 PM.  We will be able to see what washes up in the winter on the beach. Marvel at the patterns in the sand And dig for surf clams which you can take home and eat!  Perhaps other mysteries will be under the sand as well.

    On our  pre walk we found moonsnail shells 5” across,10” razor clam shells, oyster shells, whelk shells, slipper shells, and more fresh dulse for eating and other seaweeds.

    So far the weather  looks good for Tuesday:  sunny, 30 degrees and 5 mph winds.

    What to bring:
    If it turns out to be more windy you would be glad to have wind pants and face protection, wind proof mittens.
    Water proof boots would be helpful.
    If you want to dig for hen clams/ surf clams….we use a garden fork (a flat bladed pitch fork) and a bucket and you should bring those.  You will probably get enough for dinner and more.
    There were only gulls on our prewalk, but it may be worth bring binocs.
    If you are a beach comber, bring bucket or bags.

    Directions:
    TO PINE POINT BEACH PARKING LOT IN SCARBOROUGH.  (it’s about 1/2 hour from Portland)
    If you want to car pool with us we will be leaving the Hannaford Parking lot on Forest avenue (side closest to Forest Avenue) at 12:40.   776-1876 Davida
    davida Maps:
    295 South
    exit 2 to Scarborough and rte 1 south (2.1 m to Rte 1)
    rte 1 south (for 4. 2 Miles)
    Left onto Pine Pint Rd (for 3.1 miles)
    Left at stop sign (Jones Creek Dr.)
    Right at 5th Ave. = parking lot

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    **There will be no walk on February 16th due to the weather.**

    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

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