Events & Programs


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  • 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.

  • Survival in the Forest
    • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $7.00 Non-members: $10.00
    gilsland-trees

    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). 

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 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.

  • Wilderness First Aid
    • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 – Monday Dec 15, 2014
      3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $155.
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    What do you do when there is no 911? SOLO’S Wilderness First Aid course is designed for guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators, and anyone who works or plays in the outdoors.

    The 16-hour course covers the identification, prevention and treatments of the most common emergencies and injuries we experience in the back-country. The course uses the experiential learning model, with a focus on hands-on work and scenarios, to promote critical thinking and problem-solving during chaotic, emergent situations.

    Wilderness First Aid is a two-year certification and can be used to rectify Wilderness First Responders or as CEUs for professionals. SOLO is based out of Conway, NH.

    Saturday, December 13, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Please register online www.fieldspondwfa.eventbrite.com. Use the code Fieldspondmember for 15% off the cost of the course.

    Instructor: Jeremy Robichaud, Registered Maine Guide, Director of Adventure Recreation at the Bangor YMCA

  • Investigate Winter: Trees, Lichen, Insects and More…
    • Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5.00
    winter

    Enjoy six Maine Master Naturalists as they share their specialties and take you on a spectacular journey through the winter landscape.

    Presenters: Grace Bartlett, Clare Cole, Joe Morse, Sally Jones, Gerry Sawyer, Connie Tuller

     

  • 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.

  • 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
    beaver-in-winter

    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    They do not 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 it’s winter challenges.

    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
    neighborhoodwalkbyRichardSpinney

    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
    homeschool field trip

    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.

  • 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. 40% of culvert crossings are barriers to wildlife movement.  Climate change is causing large and more frequent storm events.

    Join Barbara Charry, biologist with Maine Audubon, to learn about Stream-Smart 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
    Gudrun out tracking

    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
    enjoying the snow

    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
    book group

    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

  • Bees and Brews
    • Friday Feb 20, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Sea Dog Brewing Company

    • 26 Front Street, Bangor
    • Free
    Peter Cowin image

    Come and learn from Peter Cowin, “The Bee Whisperer”, about beekeeping and pollinators. Threats of parasites, single crop pollination, and pesticides are affecting bee populations. Peter will discuss what we can do about it.

     

  • 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. Come and check out hives and raw honey. Also learn about how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker

     

  • 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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