Events & Programs


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  • Group Canoe Tour Adventures
    • 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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  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Sep 8, 2015 – Tuesday Dec 15, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $140.00, Child Non-members: $185.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
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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 include:

    * Monarch Butterflies
    * Falling Leaves
    * An Apple a Day
    * Little Brown Bats
    *How seeds Travel
    * Life in the Pond
    *Hoots in the Night
    *Giving Thanks
    *Animals getting ready for Winter
    * and more!

    *14 Weeks (no class on 11/24)

    *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 – Signs of Fall (Wednesdays)
    • Wednesday Sep 23, 2015 – Wednesday Nov 4, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $105
    • Ages 2-5

    Wednesdays Sept. 23 through Nov. 4

    come-hug-a-tree-200x200Bring 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!

  • Sharing Nature and Play Every Day
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 – Thursday Oct 1, 2015
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: $40 until Thursday September 17, after 9/17 its $50
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    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of Children Ages 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine and accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.

    All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Exploration at Gilsland Farm
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 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

    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.

    *No charge for siblings under 2 and maximum of three children

    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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  • Mushroom Workshop
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $18.00 Non-members: $24.00

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    Join the skilled and knowledgeable David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Instruction time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. (be prepared for an intermediate level of physical activity) David will have his book available for purchase.

  • Giving Thanks
    • Saturday Nov 21, 2015 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 and clothes for all participants to enjoy time outside.

    *siblings under 2 are free and maximum of 3 children

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

  • Homeschool Field Trip: Forces in Nature
    • Wednesday Nov 25, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $75.00
    • ages 7-12

    We aim to nurture the natural curiosity of children through experiential learning, exploration and play. Every field trip includes a focus question which sets the stage for investigating solutions or providing alternatives. Scholars participate in indoor and outdoor experiences that incorporate academic and social skill building in a small group setting.

    Scholars will participate in activities that exemplify energy transfer and how energy flows through systems. Beginning with the sun as the original source of energy on this planet, we will recognize that energy constantly flows from one form to another. Multiple methods of experience, discovery and activity will deepen the scholars’ understanding of energy.

  • Sharing Nature and Play Every Day
    • Thursday Jan 7, 2016 – Thursday Jan 14, 2016
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: $40 until Wednesday December 30, after 12/30 its $50
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    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of Children Ages 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine and accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.

    All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!