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  • Native Plants Festival & Pollinator Parade
    • Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: FREE (parking pass required for morning, see below)
    • All ages

    Our first annual spring celebration of Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home initiative, featuring a festival and parade for families with young children in the morning followed by afternoon plant sale and seed sowing workshops.  Other partner organizations, as well as students from King Middle School, will be there throughout the day sharing their related work and resources.

    Festival Schedule

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, information tables, and more (see parking information below)
    11:30 am – Second Annual Pollinator Parade
    1:00 – 4:00 pm – Native Plant Sale workshops and community resources and information tables
    1:00 – 2:00 pm Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project
    2:30 – 3:30 pm – Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project

    ablandingsturtlestorywebWe’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Blanding Turtle’s Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park during the morning activities. There are only a limited number of parking passes available, so pre-purchase of parking is required. To buy a parking pass, please click the “Register Now” button below. 

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep attendance at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!

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    This program and Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home project are generously funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.

     

    Participating organizations:

    Refreshments graciously provided by Bru-Thru Coffee Shack

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  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Friday Jul 1, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $570, Child Non-members: $720
    • Grades K-5

    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
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5
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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
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5
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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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $55, Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
    summer nature time

    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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $55, Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
    summer nature time

    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:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 4-5
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    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 9, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Free

    Biodieversityday

    Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey.  After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results.  The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.

    Advance registration appreciated but not required.

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about critters in Maine!  

    Camp session (5 days) — July 11 through July 15

    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 II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5
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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 II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5
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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

  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday Jul 14, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Age 5 and up

    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 and will make a plaster track to bring home

    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

     

  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet!

    Camp session (5 days) — July 18 through July 22

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

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Tuesday Jul 19, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • 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

  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5
    Monarch Caterpillar UNE campus

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
    Butterfly on iris

    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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Cat Tales – Story Hour
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • 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

    Bring your preschooler to our fun and exciting story hour.  This program will combine learning with hands-on fun and creativity.  We will read a story related to the marsh and afterwards children will have the chance to make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
    Butterfly on iris

    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:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    * The Pond

    * Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Summer Camp: Buzz-worthy Wildlife
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 19, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $570, Child Non-members: $720
    • Grades K-5

    Whats all the buzz about!  We are going nuts about growing native and learning about pollinators and the species that they help.  Come join us in this two week series and we will take a trip on the bus to the Farmers Market in Portland to see all the local foods and goods produced by Mainers!  We will also create a project locally to be stewards of our environment by learning about native and invasive plants!

    Camp session (two weeks) — August 8 through August 19

    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
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5
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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 III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $170, Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5
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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

  • Beautiful Benefical Bats
    • Thursday Aug 11, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Ages 5 and up

    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.

    Cute Brown Bat WebThe 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

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • 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 Camp: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session!

    Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26

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

  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $250, Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

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    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 25, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Age 5 and up

    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