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

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 – Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
    • 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!

    Session 2: Signs of Spring
    Themes include:

    * Animals Waking Up
    * Maple Syrup
    * Signs of Spring
    * Backyard Birds
    * Bees & Pollinators
    * Rainbow Gardens
    * Vernal Pools
    * and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 4/21)

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

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

     

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • 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.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    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!
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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    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. 
    Learn more

  • Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
    • Monday, May 4, 2015 – Monday, May 25, 2015
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $30.00, Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure.

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  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • 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.

     

  • August
  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
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    • Monday, Aug 10, 2015 – Friday, Aug 14, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats?

    Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14

    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 III: Mondays and Wednesdays
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    • Monday, Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015
      9:15am
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210

    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 III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
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    • Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday, Aug 20, 2015
      9:00am
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210

    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

  • Bats and Bugs
    • Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Learn more about the mysterious nighttime fliers, the bat.  These amazing animals maneuver through the night sky using echolocation, ultrasonic vibrations and excellent sight.  Participants will learn more about bats through hands on crafts, activities and games.

    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

  • Exploring the Night Sky
    • Friday, Aug 14, 2015 8:30pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $6 - Non-members: $8

    Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. We will view the stars and planets while enjoying the sights and sounds of the salt marsh in the evening.  Participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope on the back deck.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 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!
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  • Summer Camp: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
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    • Monday, Aug 17, 2015 – Friday, Aug 21, 2015
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    Birds of a feather flock together, colonies of frogs and beavers share ponds, swarms of bees make our honey and schools of fish avoid being eaten by sharks and other predators.  We will learn about these animals and so much more during our last week of camp.

    Camp session (5 day) — August 17 through 21

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

  • Nature Art
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    • Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Tuesday
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Child Members: $5, Child Non-members: $7

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate on a craft activity.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday, Aug 21, 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

  • Snowy Egret Day
    • Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 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 Night Hike
    • Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Free

    Use your senses to discover the mysterious night life at the marsh.  On this family-oriented hike, participants will tune into nighttime sound of nocturnal animals as they move through the sky and land around us.  We will also touch and taste plants.

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
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    • Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 4:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday August 19, after 8/19 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine AND accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities, and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.  All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills, and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of http://www.advplay.com/ Adventure Play.

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

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