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  • 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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  • 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
    Mother and daughter who could be at fam camp

    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
    Mother and daughter who could be at fam camp

    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
    natures nocturnal

    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 Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • 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.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • 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

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Wednesday Aug 26, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: $40 until Wednesday August 19, after 8/19 its $50
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    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 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, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) 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. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. 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 http://www.advplay.com/ Adventure Play.

     

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

  • Homeschool Field Trip: Problem Solving in Nature
    • Monday Aug 31, 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
    solutions never seemed so sweet

    solutions never seemed so sweet

    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.

    hello, Zippy-O!  (z. odonata)

    hello, Zippy-O!
    (z. odonata)

    Cycles and change will be the focus of our solutions as we assess the impact of humans in nature. Concepts like leave no trace and carbon footprint will be explored as we deal strictly in solutions from a positive perspective.

  • 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
    signs of fall

    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.      

     

  • Mushroom Workshop
    • Saturday Sep 19, 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.

  • Nature Time for Children: Fall Session
    • 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: $55.00, Child Non-members: $65.00
    • Ages 2-4
    come hug a tree!

    The fall is a fascinating time to get outdoors and go adventuring. Parents and children ages 2 to 4 participate together in a nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Be prepared to be outside for a portion of each program rain or shine.

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 – Thursday Oct 1, 2015
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Price: $40 until Thursday September 17, after 9/17 its $50
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    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 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, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) 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. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. 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.

    GMOW

  • 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
    thankful

    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
    • [map]
    • 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 energy constantly flows from one form to another. Multiple methods of experience, discovery, and activity will deepen the scholars’ understanding of Energy and how it transfers into their own lives with regard to activities and impact.

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Thursday Jan 7, 2016 – Thursday Jan 14, 2016
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday December 30, after 12/30 its $50
    Girl Bird Feeder Winter

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 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, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) 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. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. 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!