Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 – Thursday, Mar 24, 2016
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
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    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.

    The walk on January 21st had to be cancelled. Sorry! See you next week.

    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.

  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 – Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016
      9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $140.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    Do you find it hard to get outside in the winter with young children? 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 explore the wonders our Maine winter. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter
    • Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 – Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: $70member/$105nonmember per family

    Do you find it hard to get outside in the winter time with young children? 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, theme related crafts, and outdoor exploration, you and your child will explore the wonders of winter in Maine. Come prepared to adventure outside! Themes include:
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  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 – Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
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    Come join the new Nature Tuesday Group! We will meet each week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and learn from each other. Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome.

    Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. We will meet rain or shine. Please meet in the Environmental Center, but plan to spend most of the time outdoors.

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.

  • Afternoon Art Classes at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 – Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
      1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Saturdays in February
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00
    • 20.00 materials fee

    Fields Pond will be hosting afternoon art classes on Saturdays in February. Four consecutive weeks of small group instruction led by local artist Jose Perez will surely satisfy your cabin fever. Come meet new people and get connected. All levels welcome. Materials fee includes all supplies needed for class. Spaces are sure to fill fast so register now!

     

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

    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 Discovery Series: Backyard Birding
    • Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: 15.00/20.00 per family

    Join lead educator Cyndi Kuhn and explore the world of birding as a family, right in your own backyard!  A delightful afternoon together will include indoor and outdoor time. Dress for the weather.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamay
    • Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home."

    Doug Tallamay, author of “Bringing Nature Home.”

    Bringing Nature Home

    Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order.

    Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

    Bringing Nature Home Book JacketWe will also have copies of Bringing Nature Home available for purchase in our Nature Store.

    Sip on complimentary wine from Chickadee Wines, beer from Allagash Brewing Company and enjoy assorted appetizers. This event is 21+. Doors/ refreshments at 6:30 pm.

    About the Speaker Series

    Maine Audubon’s new monthly speaker series presents interactive lectures and discussions designed to stimulate conversation and concern around critical wildlife and habitat issues. The series features the region’s leading conservation experts to share research and propose solutions.

  • July
  • Explorers: Birds
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    • Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday, Jul 7, 2016
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $210

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday, Jul 11, 2016 – Friday, Jul 15, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about critters in Maine!  

    Camp session (5 days) — July 11 through July 15

    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 II: Mondays and Wednesdays
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    • Monday, Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Jul 20, 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 II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
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    • Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday, Jul 21, 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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday, Jul 18, 2016 – Friday, Jul 22, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet!

    Camp session (5 days) — July 18 through July 22

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Jul 18, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

     

  • August
  • Explorers: How things Grow
    Monarch Caterpillar UNE campus
    • Monday, Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 4, 2016
      9:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

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