Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016
      9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $110.00, Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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 learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Beautiful Songbirds – Illustrations by Ashley Halsey
    • Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – Monday, May 9, 2016
      11:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Songbirds_ahalsey_cvrOriginal watercolors by Ashley Halsey will be on display in the Maine Audubon Environmental Center in Falmouth through May 9.

    Ashley Halsey is an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist living in Portland, Maine. Growing up on a farm in Connecticut deeply ingrained a love of nature in her. As a result, Ashely is passionate about the environment and conservation, and how she can spread awareness of the natural world through her art.

     

  • 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.

    Bird walks will start at 7:00AM beginning on April 7th. On April 28th our walk will be held across the street at the Portland Country Club (meet at 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME).

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

  • Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday, May 2, 2016 – Thursday, May 12, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Location: Evergreen Cemetery
    • Free

    One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds—particularly warblers—is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.

    We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center. Evergreen is a particular favorite spot of his: the location where he spent hours, many years ago, before high school learning warblers for the first time.

  • August
  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 10:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Parent must accompany chid. Price is for 1 child, additional children fees are $3 member, $4 non-member

    Introduce your wee folk to this unique habitat through interactive hands-on activities.  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more.  There will also be a story and a craft.  (An adult needs to accompany each child)

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday, Aug 16, 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 16 – Feeding Birds

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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 6:00

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

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  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Aug 18, 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 18 – Native Plants in the Garden

  • Nature Pottery
    • Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 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.

     

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Thursday, Aug 18, 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 18 – Native Plants in the Garden

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • 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

     

  • Snowy Egret Day
    • Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Experience a day of family fun, including a canoe tour, nature crafts, used book sale, nature and bird walks and more. There will be special programs for children as well as displays and information. Come join us for this fun-filled day and celebrate all that Maine’s largest salt marsh has to offer! This event is held in conjunction with the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.

    Fee for some programs.

  • 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

  • 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

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