Events & Programs


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  • 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
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    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.

  • Beavers in Winter
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family
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    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    Did you know that beavers don’t hibernate? How do they survive the winter? What is life like locked under the ice? Discover more about this amazing creature, it’s family life and the challenges they face each winter.

    All ages are welcome – family friendly!

     

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 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
    • Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 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
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    Adaptations: Migrate, Hibernate, Activate! Homeschool scholars ages 7-12 are invited to a daylong expedition of art and science with Lead Educator Cyndi Kuhn. 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 water bottle. Snow gear, a change of clothing and shoes are also needed.

  • Being “Stream-Smart:” Culverts and Wildlife
    • Thursday Jan 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $6.00
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    Streams are important habitat for fish and other wildlife. 85% of wildlife species either live in or use aquatic habitats throughout the year to breed, travel, and find food and water.

    But in Maine, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, river otters and other wildlife get “stuck” at decaying, undersized stream culverts. One of the least visible elements of our build infrastructure, stream culverts allow roads to cross Maine’s vast network of streams. Surveys show that up to 90% of Maine culvert crossings make movement difficult or impossible for wildlife at least part of the year. When wildlife habitat is fragmented like this, it can result in population declines and the loss of species.

    Join Barbara Charry, biologist with Maine Audubon, to learn about Stream-Smart culvert designs and how we can connect fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety.

     

  • Winter Ecology Kids
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 11:00 am – 11:45 am
    • Location: Maine Discovery Museum

    • 74 Main Street, Bangor, 04401
    • Price: $5.00 for cost of program/members of Maine Discovery Museum are free
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    Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scat. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. Apply your experiences right away via snowshoeing at FPAC the same day.

    www.mainediscoverymuseum.org

  • Scat and Tracks
    • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 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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    Enjoy an afternoon exploration of animal scat and tracks that critters leave behind. Participants will learn to find and identify tracks, reading the stories they tell. 

    A limited supply of snowshoes are available. Please bring your own if you have them.

    Leader: Gudrun Keszoecze, Naturalist, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

     

     

  • Nature Time: Winter Session
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 – Monday Feb 23, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $30.00, Child Non-members: $40.00
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    Nature in winter is a wonderful, mysterious time. Preschool children, come to our nature-based program with stories, creative play, and art projects. Caregivers participate too.

    We’ll be outside for a portion of each program, be prepared!

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Location: Orono Public Library
    • Free
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    A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come. Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an ice-free Arctic.

    Events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years are considered in this fascinating book.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • February Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Feb 20, 2015 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
    • All Welcome
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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.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
    neighborhoodwalkbyRichardSpinney

    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.

     

     

  • Busy Bees: Buzzing & Building
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family
    Bee

    Bring the whole family and learn about bees and all of the work they do to pollinate our plants. Come and check out hives and raw honey. We will also have tips on how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker

     

  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 24, 2015 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
    • All Welcome

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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.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      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
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      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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