Events & Programs


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  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Thursday May 1, 2014 – Friday Oct 3, 2014
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum
    • Grades 7 and up

    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
    • Monday May 5, 2014 – Friday Oct 3, 2014
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum
    • Ages 4 and up

    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. 
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  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    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.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

     

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $400, Child Non-members: $440
    • Ages 6-9

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us.

    Camp Session (2 weeks):

    • Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
    • Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Monday Aug 18, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every Monday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $50
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

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

  • Cat Tales – Story Hour
    • Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 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.

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday Jul 31, 2014 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

    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.

     

     

  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday Aug 2, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Donations welcome.

  • Natural Expressions
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . . 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. Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website. What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! Let all of Fields Pond be your muse as we 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 an amazing week looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Monday Sep 15, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00

    The summertime is made for getting out into nature! Preschool children, come to a nature-based program with movement, stories, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Caregivers participate too. Please call to register.

  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $265, Child Non-members: $305
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

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  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 7, 2014 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.

     

  • What Tree Is That?
    • Saturday Aug 9, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Join Larry Beauregard, instructor in the Maine Master Naturalist Program and Certified Tree Farmer, for a tree ID walk. Emphasis will be on conifers and hardwoods that are common in the woodlands of central Maine. We will illustrate characteristics that are used to identify trees and demonstrate simple methods for measuring tree growth and age.

    Please call to register.

     

  • Unraveling Marsh Upland Mysteries
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $5 Non-members: $7
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    Join Naturalist, Josh Fecteau for a nature walk to discover the many interesting aspects of the edge habitat at the salt marsh.  Josh is a general naturalist and will be pointing out birds, shrubs, trees, edible and medicinal plants, wildflowers and whatever else happens to cross our path.   

     

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Aug 11, 2014 – Friday Aug 15, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $220
    • Ages 6-7

    Campers will explore the ponds, meadows, forests and salt marsh in search of creatures of all sizes. We will play fun and educational animal-themed games.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call to check availability

     

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

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  • Night Walk
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5.00
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    Come out for an evening stroll to explore the magical grounds of the nature center as the day shifts to night.

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22


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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22

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  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Aug 14, 2014 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 (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Summer Camp: Too Cool For School
    • Monday Aug 18, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    It’s hot! Learn how animals keep themselves cool during the hottest days of the summer. We will find the coolest places at Gilsland Farm to play games, make crafts and learn how animals have evolved to ‘stay cool.’

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22
  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts on a trip to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake.

    On this weekend retreat we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.
    The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds, and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.

    Optional activities will include taking moderate hikes to Borestone’s bare granite summit and to Peregrine Ridge where we will enjoy panoramic views of Maine’s vast northern forest, swimming and canoeing in the sanctuary’s mountain ponds, or if you prefer just relaxing on the lodge porch with a good book.

    Price for the weekend includes room and board.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]