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  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

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

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Thursday Apr 6, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training: Spring
    • Monday Apr 10, 2017 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations at Fields Pond on weekdays in the spring. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general wetland ecology. Please contact Cyndi Kuhn for more information and to RSVP.

  • April Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Apr 21, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Adult Members: $10, Child Members: $5
      Adult Non-members: $15, Child Non-members: $10
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    Join us for our annual spring live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

    Please note:  This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older.  Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people.  Thank you!

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training – Scarborough Marsh
    • Wednesday Apr 26, 2017 – Thursday Apr 27, 2017
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Free

    Volunteers are needed to lead nature explorations Monday through Friday for groups of all ages at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.  No experience is needed, just a love of nature and a desire to share it with others. We provide training in marsh ecology and leading groups.

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    Trainings will occur  Wednesday, April 26 9:30 – noon and Thursday April 27 To register and for more information contact [email protected]

  • Pollinator Parade & Festival
    • Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: FREE (parking pass required, see details below)
    • All ages

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, and more.

    11:30 am – Third Annual Pollinator Parade

    We’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Monarch Butterfly 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. Melissa and Jada will be available to sign copies of the book.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park.

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


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  • Family Discovery Series: Phenology Walk
    • Saturday Jun 3, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $15.00/family Non-members: $20.00/family

    Participate in citizen science at Fields Pond Audubon Center by recording observations along a short trail around the Center. Learn how to collect and record data using iNaturalist and eBird. Families will gather the basic skills needed to keep track of important timing of natural events such as when flowers and fruits are visible and what pollinators and birds are present. We will observe native plants, shrubs and trees then look and listen for butterflies, bees, and birds along the trail.


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  • Foraging for Wild Edibles with David Spahr
    • Sunday Jun 11, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $20.00 Non-members: $30.00

    ​This workshop​ will include walking the woods to find edible wild food along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of the plants. Please be prepared for the weather and for a moderate amount of physical activity.

    David Spahr has been foraging for 60 years. He is the author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada and a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc​iation. ​


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 1
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      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

    We will focus on how various aquatic species travel to fulfill their lifecycle.  This session include a field trip to Mill Creek in Freeport where we will explore the importance of the creek to fish and other wildlife.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 19-23

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


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  • Protected: Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 1- STAFF
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      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

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  • Family Fun: Summer Session 1
    • Thursday Jun 22, 2017 – Thursday Jul 20, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    June 22 – Pollinators
    June 29 – Bird songs
    July 13 – Frogs and friends
    July 20 – What do you do with a tail like this?

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

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

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


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 2
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      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

    We will look at how the ocean plays a significant role for Maine Wildlife. This session features a full day at Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 26-30

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


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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 1
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      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

    Campers will create a message “for the birds” while learning about their habitat needs.  We will visit a nearby beach to experience shorebird conservation in action.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 10-14

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


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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 2
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      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

    We will explore important wildlife habitats that waterfront land provide Maine’s iconic species.  This session includes a day of outdoor exploration to Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 17-21

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


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 1
    • Monday Jul 31, 2017 – Friday Aug 4, 2017
      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

    We will explore how terrestrial and aquatic animals of Maine travel.  Campers will explore a former mill dam in Freeport and engineer ways to help wildlife cross road barriers.

    Camp session (5 days) –July 31-August 4

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


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  • Family Fun: Summer Session 2
    • Thursday Aug 3, 2017 – Thursday Aug 24, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    August 3 – Owls
    August 10 – Animal Baths
    August 17 – Spiders
    August 24 – Who lives in the Pond?

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

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

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


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 2
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      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

    Campers will study the diverse forests of Maine and the species that depend on them throughout the year.  The session includes a day of forest exploration at Freeport’s Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 7-11

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


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 1
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      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

    We will find out about how bats, moths, mosquitos and other wildlife species benefit humans. This session includes an optional evening evening family program to monitor moths and bats.  

    Camp session (5 days) – August 14-18

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


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  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 2
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      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

    We will explore how natural helpers like bees, butterflies, and birds take care of us in their own way.  This session includes a trip to Portland’s Farmers Market to see the “fruits of their labor”.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 21-25

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


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