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  • Nature Time: Spring Session
    • Monday Mar 31, 2014 – Monday May 12, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00
    • Ages 2-4
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    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as life begins to emerge from the cold. Parents with preschoolers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Parents participate, too. Be prepared to be outside for a portion of each program.

    Please call 989-2591 to register.

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday Apr 1, 2014 – Tuesday Jun 3, 2014
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Every Tuesday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of seasonal, playful activities designed to encourage fun, self-discovery, confidence and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    This is a 9-week session, no class on April 22nd.

    Siblings under age two of a registered child are free.
    Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 25, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00 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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    The public is invited to join us on the Friday of April vacation week to view a 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.  See birds of prey, a bat, a squirrel and more!

    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 Nature Explorations
    • Monday May 5, 2014 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. 
    Learn more

  • Book Discussion Group: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
    • Thursday May 8, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Location: Bangor Public Library
    • Free

    Field Notes provides an unbiased overview and is a model for writing about an urgent environmental crisis. Kolbert’s calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity. Expanding on a series for the New Yorker, Kolbert lets facts rather than polemics tell the story. 

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
    beautiful bird captured by Jerry Smith

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Saturday, May 10, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (part of Spring Fest)
    Leaders: Jerry Smith, Bruce Barker

    Donations welcome.

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s activities will include bird walks, a children’s activity area with Stillwater Montessori, insect investigations and more. Get out in nature and spend some time with us! All ages welcome.

    7 – 8:30 a.m.    Bird Walk with Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith

    8 – 9:00 a.m.    Photo Explorations with Bruce Gray

    9 – 11:00 a.m.    Birding by Ear Walk with Steve Coleman

    10 a.m. – noon    Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori

    11 a.m. – noon    Insect Fun

    11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Live Music

    noon – 1:00 p.m.    Nature Exploration

     

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Monday May 12, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 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 students 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!
    Learn more

  • Digital Birding
    • Wednesday May 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $6.00
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    Join Maine Audubon staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, as he eases you into the digital age.

    Learn to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. Understand how your phone has become the second most important tool for exploring the natural world.

     

  • Painting in the Woods
    • Saturday May 24, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00
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    Join our featured artist, Michael Shyka, for an artistic adventure in the woods. Michael will take participants out to one of his favorite locations and help them set up to capture the beauty that they see through paints.

    Come prepared to be outside. Please call FPAC to register. 

    Leader: Michael Shyka, Bangor Artist

     

  • Wild Edibles
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Join Orono’s plant guru, Claire Ackroyd, on an outdoor adventure in search of edibles. We may even find something to cook up and eat at the close of the program.

    Please call FPAC to register.

  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jun 23, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $320, Child Non-members: $360
    • Ages 6-7

    There are secrets hiding in every corner of the Earth! In this 8-day summer camp session, campers will uncover the mysteries of wildlife by rolling over logs, examining tree cavities and playing educational games in the forst habitat.

    Camp Session (8 days):

    • Week One: Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27
    • Week Two: Monday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 2

     

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 – Thursday Jul 3, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    June 24 – July 3

    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 – Thursday Jul 3, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    June 24 – July 3

    Learn more

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $145, Child Non-members: $195
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    June 25 – July 2 (no class Friday, July 4th)

    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 – Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $140
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    June 25 – July 2 (no class July 4th)

    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Nature Myth Busters
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    Why do bees sting and skunks smell bad? We will dive into nature’s mysteries using our investigative skills and learn about mammals, insects, plants and more! Campers will develop critical thinking skills to understand animal adaptation and behavior.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11
  • Explorers: Habitat!
    • Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $265, Child Non-members: $305
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will learn how plants and animals meet their basic needs in different habitats. We will explore forest, salt marsh, pond and meadow and begin to foster and understanding of biological diversity.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

     


    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 8-10

    We will explore Gilsland Farm to learn about the circles of life that exist in nature. From the water cycle and metamorphosis to dissecting owl pellets, campers will get a close-up look at the life cycles that make nature go ‘round.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18
  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday Jul 24, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    July 15 – July 24

    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday Jul 24, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    July 15 – July 24

    Learn more

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

    Learn more

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Jul 17, 2014 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 (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Summer Camp: Wonderful Water
    • Monday Jul 21, 2014 – Friday Jul 25, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 9-11

    Why do all animals and plants need water? Campers will learn all about water and how to keep our water resources clean and healthy for the future. We will search for bullfrogs, cool down with water games and explore the wonderfully watery and wild places at Gilsland Farm and beyond.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

     

     

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Safari
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $400, Child Non-members: $440
    • Ages 6-9

    Explore our varied habitats and learn how animals depend upon them for food and shelter. We will develop skills like nature sketching, plant identification and bird watching, while appreciating the world around us.

    Camp Session (2 weeks):

    • Week One: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
    • Week Two: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
  • Family Fun
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Monday Aug 18, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Every Monday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $50
    • 2-5 with parent or guardian

    Join your child in these playful sessions as we explore Gilsland Farm and cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world. Perfect for families with mixes ages.

    *No charge for siblings under age two
    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Four Week Summer Session
    (Mondays, July 28 – August 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

    *Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Natural Expressions
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
    birches by Renee Stupak

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! Let all of Fields Pond be your muse as we couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through an amazing week looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

  • Explorers : Sense of Place!
    • Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:15 am – 2:45 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $265, Child Non-members: $305
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will explore indoor and outdoor spaces at Gilsland Farm to develop an understanding of their surroundings. Children will use maps to navigate terrain and we will also create our own maps.

    *Drop off your child for this full-day program
    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    This program has scholarships/financial aid available.  Please call 781-2330 ext 273.

    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Aug 11, 2014 – Friday Aug 15, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $220
    • Ages 6-7

    Campers will explore the ponds, meadows, forests and salt marsh in search of creatures of all sizes. We will play fun and educational animal-themed games.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15
  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Thursday Aug 21, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    August 12 – August 21

    Learn more

  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 3-5

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22


    Learn more

  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170
    • Ages 4-5

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    August 13 – August 22

    Learn more

  • Tiny Tot Tour
    • Thursday Aug 14, 2014 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • [map]
    • 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 (an adult needs to accompany each child).  They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at insects and more.

  • Summer Camp: Too Cool For School
    • Monday Aug 18, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    It’s hot! Learn how animals keep themselves cool during the hottest days of the summer. We will find the coolest places at Gilsland Farm to play games, make crafts and learn how animals have evolved to ‘stay cool.’

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22