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

  • August
  • 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

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 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

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Aug 26, 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 26 – Successful Composting at Home

  • Family Discovery Series: Summer Evenings at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Aug 26, 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 26 – Successful Composting at Home

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Aug 29, 2016 7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    IMG_8331Explore the marsh in the early morning when the animals are most active.  We will watch for shorebirds feeding in the mud, herons returning to feed on fish in the river and maybe a playful mink running along the bank looking for food.

  • Brook Trout in Maine
    • Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Emily Bastian will present a summary of the Brook Trout Survey including: this year’s data and how it is being used, what Maine’s next steps are for maintaining and improving stream health for our precious native brook trout population, and how volunteers can contribute.

  • September
  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us for fun on our last full weekend and help the center out! We will have an end of the season sale in the store, door prizes, a used book sale, crafts for the kids, a bake sale on Saturday, a yard sale on Sunday and much more.

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  • Night Hike at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Sep 9, 2016 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of a calming evening hike along the edge of Fields Pond followed by some stargazing along our return to the Center.

  • September Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small.

    Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action. Bring your own lunch, snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party on a different date.

     

     

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