Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Yoga
    • Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00
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    Come to Fields Pond Audubon Center to stretch, energize and relax. This weekly yoga class is open to all levels. Enjoy the gorgeous views! Leader: Holly Twining, Maine Audubon naturalist, certified yoga instructor

  • Emerging Youth Ecology Squad (E.Y.E.S.)
    • Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 – Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
      10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Saturdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $225, Child Non-members: $275
    Red Tailed Hawk

    Watching nature like a hawk! Campers in grades 2-5 already familiar with the wonders of Gilsland Farm will enjoy this 7-week Saturday series that explores our favorite themes and activities more deeply.  Participants will further develop their ecology skills through outdoor investigation, nature journaling, making comparisons and recording data.  Of course, all of this serious science will be approached in the usual fun, active and supportive environment campers are used to here.  You can even look forward to the same wonderful camp staff! Look at the world around you through the eyes of an ecologist and you will be amazed at what you will learn!

    Sample topics and themes include:

    • Where are they now? – taking a closer look at signs of animals through their tracks, scat and more
    • Backyard birds and plants – signs of the seasons are often told through the actions of birds and plants; what are we seeing and what does that mean?
    • Big Night -- Vernal pools and nocturnal creatures have important roles in the ecosystem, come learn about the journey salamanders and bats are a part of
    • Habitat Connections – looking at the importance of habitat through maps to define helpful links for wildlife

    This is a drop-off program just like our Summer and Vacation Camp programs and campers should arrive with a lunch and dressed for the outdoors.  The program runs from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Saturdays.

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
      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.

    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.

    Walks beginning on April 2nd will start at 7:00am.

  • July
  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 7:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Bird Monitoring SMACJoin us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Animal Overload
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    • Monday, Jul 20, 2015 – Friday, Jul 24, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    Hundreds of animals consider Gilsland Farm home at some point in the year.  Join us to learn the who, what, when and where of these incredible creatures.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 20 through 24

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

     

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 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

  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Discover the many mammals of the marsh. The marsh is home to fox, muskrats, mink, river otter, deer, and many small rodents. Participants will see mammal mounts up close and be able to touch mammal pelts and skulls. We will also go out to the marsh and look for signs of these unique animals.

    The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Come to one or all four.  Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday, Jul 24, 2015 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

  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
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    • Monday, Jul 27, 2015 – Friday, Jul 31, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    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
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    • Monday, Jul 27, 2015 – Friday, Jul 31, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00

    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.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! This year all of our camp weeks are rooted in the arts and all of Fields Pond will be our muse. Each week we will couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through summer looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    This week is fast-paced, high energy and filled with movement, writing, and performance.

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
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    • Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 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

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Experience the marsh from a fish eye view. We will catch some marsh fish, the mummichog, andMummichogs in Tank
    get an up close look at the world in which they live. In addition to these hands-on activities, the children will do a craft project.

     

     

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
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    • Friday, Jul 31, 2015 – Friday, Aug 21, 2015
      9:15am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20

    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

    *Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.  

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