Events & Programs
- Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
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.
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.
- Salt Marsh by Canoe
This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
- Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil.
- Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
The 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.
- Guided Canoe Tours
Discover 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.
- Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
From the salamanders hiding under logs to squirrels’ nests in trees, we will search high and low for nature’s secrets. Mackworth Island will provide us an additional location to explore one day during this camp session. Grades K-2
Camp session (5 day) — July 27 through 31
Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted. Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.
- Natural Expressions – Nature Camp
This is a fast paced high energy week of ecosystem explorations filled with movement, writing and performance. Guest artists will be sharing their skills with us throughout the week.
Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps. Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.