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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  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 – Tuesday Oct 21, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian
    signs of fall

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Tuesdays, September 9 to October 21, 2014)

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 – Wednesday Oct 22, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian
    signs of fall

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Wednesdays, September 10 to October 22, 2014)

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

  • Fall Wildflower Walk
    • Sunday Sep 21, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free
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    Join Maine Master Naturalist, Clare Cole, on an exploration of late season wildflowers.

  • Exploring Nature & the Outdoors with Kids
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $15, Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Join us for a nature-based program and book signing for families with young children.
    Hosted in partnership by Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)

    Featuring special guest, Yemaya St. Clair, co-author of
    Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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    Join us for a morning of fall crafts, exploration and fun! We will have some time indoors to be creative, learn about why leaves change color and habits of plants and animals in the fall. Then we will head outside to look for signs of fall. Come prepared for the whole family to explore our trails.*  Please bring a snack and appropriate clothing and footwear.

    Immediately following the program, we will enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments as we learn from our friends at AMC about their new book for families, Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Scheduled for release in October, copies of this book will be available to purchase the day of the event. You can learn more at AMC’s Kids Outdoors online community.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

    This event is part of the statewide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Sep 29, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6
    in the pond

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session:  What is happening in the pond?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • Monday Sep 29, 2014 – Monday Nov 10, 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 fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Preschoolers with their caregivers, come to a nature-based program with stories, movement, art and an outdoor adventure.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
    • Thursday Oct 9, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free
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    “There was a time when universe meant all there is,” writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos.

    A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 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.

    Dress for the weather.

  • Homeschool Field Trip
    • Thursday Oct 16, 2014 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $40.00, Child Non-members: $50.00
    • Siblings half-price
    • Ages 7-12

    Perspective: Zooming in, Zooming out

    Homeschool scholars are invited to a daylong expedition of art and science with Lead Educator Cyndi Kuhn.

    During this daylong educational program, scholars will be challenged and engaged in high quality outdoor and conservation education intended to enhance your family’s current curricula. The group will be learning new material as well as applying their existing knowledge about our wonderful world.

    This is an outdoor day filled with a morning session of collecting information followed by lunch and downtime. In the afternoon we return to the field to express and apply our learning in creative ways. Drop off only. Bring lunch, snack and fresh water to drink, plus a change of clothing and shoes, as we may get wet and muddy.

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Oct 27, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6
    bird migration

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Where do the birds go?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required. 

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 – Tuesday Dec 16, 2014
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian
    chipmunk preparing

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Tuesdays, October 28 to December 16, 2014) no class November 11

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

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 – Wednesday Dec 17, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140
    • 2-6 with parent or guardian
    chipmunk preparing

    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.

    Session 2:  Preparing for Winter

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Winter Session (Wednesdays, October 29 to December 17, 2014) no class November 19

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

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Saturday Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family
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    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family
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    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 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.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum 
    • Thursday Nov 13, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free
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    In this delightful and comprehensive account, Rosenblum tells us about his travels throughout the Mediterranean countries, where the fruit is grown, in search of the olive’s history and horticulture. The book is rich in details of the characters of growers he met, where much of their joys and sorrows center around the crops. Rosenblum also explores the national and international politics that affect the trade.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Let Us Be Thankful
    • Saturday Nov 22, 2014 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $15, Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6
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    Let us come together to celebrate all that nature provides for us. We will learn some Native American traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts.  We will continue the learning and fun outside for the last part of the class.  Please bring a snack.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Nov 24, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6
    bee snow

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: How do bees survive the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Survival in the Forest
    • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $7.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Tom Copeland will lead a walk and demonstrate many techniques of survival in the Maine woods. He will teach what is edible, how to make a shelter, build a fire, and more!

    This program takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly (warm coats, boots, etc). 

     

  • Why Is It Dark At Dinnertime?
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $15, Child Non-members: $20
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6
    Gilsland Farm wooded view at sunset

    Come to Gilsland Farm in the daytime and leave when it is dark.  We will learn more about the solstice through crafts, interactive learning centers and educator-led group time.  We will then head outside for a night hike!  Please bring a snack and flashlight.

    *siblings under 2 are free

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

  • Nature Explorers
    • Monday Dec 29, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6
    fox sleeping

    Join us for a one hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal.  We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the different nature questions we’ve explored.

    This Session: Who sleeps in the winter?

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.