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  • Volunteer Naturalist Training – Scarborough Marsh
    • Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 – Wednesday Apr 29, 2015
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Tuesday & Wednesday
    • 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.GaryAnnEiileenSavannahBioDay

    Trainings will occur Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 9:30 – noon.  To register and for more information see contact smac@maineaudubon.org.

     

  • 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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  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 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. Please dress for the weather.

  • Invasive Plant Management Workshop
    • Thursday May 21, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: $15.00

    Invasive plants can over-run natural areas, crowding out native species and changing wildlife habitats. Maine Audubon has made an extensive effort to remove non-native, invasive plants at Gilsland Farm and replant with native species.

    Do you have invasive species on  your property? Not sure where to start or how to set realistic goals? Our workshop will review our successful efforts at Gilsland Farm and will feature a field tour (2-hour walk outside) and an indoor session focused on invasive plant management strategies.

    Additional information:

    • A snack will be provided mid-morning
    • 2 pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available
    • Limited to 20 participants
  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 – Friday Jun 26, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2
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    Life cycles are abundant at Gilsland Farm.  Come learn about the different circles of life that our plants and animals go through during our first week of camp!

    Camp session (5 day) — June 22 through 26

    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 22, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 23, 2015 – Thursday Jul 2, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 26, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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:

    *Hummingbirds

    *Roll Roll Roll a Log

    *Life at the Pond!

    *Mammals

    *4 Weeks (No class Friday July 3)

    *No charge for siblings under two and 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 26, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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:

    *Hummingbirds

    *Roll Roll Roll a Log

    *Life at the Pond!

    *Mammals

    *4 Weeks (No class Friday July 3)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Summer Camp: Nature Detectives
    • Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Thursday Jul 2, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $220, Child Non-members: $280
    • Grades K-5
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    From unearthing compost critters to finding camouflaged bugs to using binoculars to view far off birds, come to this camp if you’re curious about the great outdoors.  We will visit Mackworth Island for some sea-shore examinations and other fascinating spots one day this week.  Grades K-5

    4-day Summer Camp — Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2 (No Camp Friday, July 3)

    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
    • Friday Jul 3, 2015 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: Earth Investigations
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2
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    Are you ready to investigate your world around you?   Join us to take a closer look at animals, their behaviors, habitats and more in this action-packed week.  We will be visiting the Farmer’s Market to widen our investigations and knowledge.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 6 through 10

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

     

  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday Jul 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $245, Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5
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    Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection between wildlife and habitat and children will bring something home to further their learning.

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Free

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    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: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2
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    Have you ever wondered why animals come in all different sizes?  What makes them unique?  Come to this camp to discover the lives of Maine’s animals, both great and small.

    Camp session (5 day) — July 13 through 17

    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 13, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
      9:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 14, 2015 – Thursday Jul 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 Camp: Animal Overload
    • Monday Jul 20, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2
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    Hundreds of animals consider Gilsland Farm home at some point in the year.  Join us to learn the who, what, when and where of these incredible creatures.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 20 through 24

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

     

  • Marvelous Marsh Mammals
    • Thursday Jul 23, 2015 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.

    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

     

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Friday Jul 24, 2015 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

  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2
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    From the salamanders hiding under logs to squirrels’ nests in trees, we will search high and low for nature’s secrets. Mackworth Island will provide us an additional location to explore one day during this camp session.  Grades K-2

    Camp session (5 day) — July 27 through 31

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

  • Fabulous Fun Fish
    • Thursday Jul 30, 2015 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.  Ages five and up.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

     

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6
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    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6
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    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Adventures
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Who doesn’t love oceans, ponds, rain and snow?  Come to this week of camp if you love water in all its glorious forms. We will seek out all the aquatic locations of Gilsland Farm and visit Mackworth Island for an ocean study day as well! Camp session (5 day) — August 3 through 7 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $245, Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5
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    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Fantastic Flying Friends
    • Thursday Aug 6, 2015 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

  • Canoe Basics
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $45

    New to the world of canoeing?  Always wondered how to steer that long boat without crashing into the shore?  This class is for you!  We will spend some time on land, and then on the water, discussing the basics of canoe safety, canoe launching, and the basic principles of paddling. You will also learn how to evaluate the paddling environment (wind, waves, weather, water).  On the water you will learn canoe strokes (forward with switch and with rudder; draw, push away) and steering (straight line, spinning on the center axis).

    Your instructors are all national canoe racing champions and Registered Maine Guides with years of experience canoeing and sharing their knowledge with others.

     

  • Advanced Canoeing
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    This class is designed for those that have either completed the morning session, or already have comparable experience and skills and would like to learn more.  It will include both on land and in water demonstrations. There will be a brief review of canoe safety and knowing before you go.  You will learn some additional canoe strokes and steering techniques.  The instructors will help you learn how to “read the water” and how to paddle under difficult situations.

    Your instructors are all national canoe racing champions and Registered Maine Guides with years of experience canoeing and sharing their knowledge with others.

     

    Cost is $15 if you have gone to the morning Canoe Basics.

  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Friday Aug 14, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2
    Osprey in nest by Richard Spinney

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats?

    Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14

    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 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $165, Child Non-members: $210
    • 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

  • Bats and Bugs
    • Thursday Aug 13, 2015 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.

    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: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
    • Monday Aug 17, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-5
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    Birds of a feather flock together, colonies of frogs and beavers share ponds, swarms of bees make our honey and schools of fish avoid being eaten by sharks and other predators.  We will learn about these animals and so much more during our last week of camp.

    Camp session (5 day) — August 17 through 21

    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
    • Friday Aug 21, 2015 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