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  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday Apr 17, 2014 – Thursday Aug 28, 2014
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00
    black capped chickadee

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday Aug 30, 2014
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00
    Female Red-winged blackbird © Mary Holland

    Join us each Saturday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary. We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants.

    Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
    • Friday Jul 25, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $7 Non-members: $9
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    Join naturalist Gary Roberts as you revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants and shrubs.  Participants will be able to sample some of the many edible plants that grow in the marsh and learn of their medicinal properties. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.

  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Location: Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • 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.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

     

  • 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.

    * PLEASE CALL 989-2591, WE MAY BE INCREASING ENROLLMENT. *

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Monday Sep 15, 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

    The summertime is made for getting out into nature! Preschool children, come to a nature-based program with movement, stories, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Caregivers participate too. Please call to register.

  • What Tree Is That?
    • Saturday Aug 9, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Join Larry Beauregard, instructor in the Maine Master Naturalist Program and Certified Tree Farmer, for a tree ID walk. Emphasis will be on conifers and hardwoods that are common in the woodlands of central Maine. We will illustrate characteristics that are used to identify trees and demonstrate simple methods for measuring tree growth and age.

    Please call to register.

     

  • Unraveling Marsh Upland Mysteries
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $5 Non-members: $7
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    Join Naturalist, Josh Fecteau for a nature walk to discover the many interesting aspects of the edge habitat at the salt marsh.  Josh is a general naturalist and will be pointing out birds, shrubs, trees, edible and medicinal plants, wildflowers and whatever else happens to cross our path.   

     

  • Wildflower Walk
    • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $12 Non-members: $15

    Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still many flowers to find and observe. We’ll focus on the natural history and identification of the plants we find using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This book utilizes a simple and elegant key system, and with a little practice, it’s easy to use. If you have a copy of Newcomb’s please bring this with you (other field guides are welcome too).

  • Creating a Seashell Wreath
    • Thursday Aug 21, 2014 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $17 Non-members: $20

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us for a day of creativity and sculpture as we make unique wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. You can bring your own shells and sea glass or use ones we have collected. Participants will be guided through the process of how to create the base and add the shells to the wreath. Whether you are a Maine resident or just a visitor to our shores, you will be able to bring back the beauty of the salt marsh to display in your home for all to enjoy.

  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts on a trip to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake.

    On this weekend retreat we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.
    The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds, and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.

    Optional activities will include taking moderate hikes to Borestone’s bare granite summit and to Peregrine Ridge where we will enjoy panoramic views of Maine’s vast northern forest, swimming and canoeing in the sanctuary’s mountain ponds, or if you prefer just relaxing on the lodge porch with a good book.

    Price for the weekend includes room and board.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]