Events & Programs


Browsing event topic: nature exploration

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Feb 23, 2017 – Thursday Mar 30, 2017
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
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    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    Walks will be at 7:00AM again beginning in April.

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Family Discovery Series: Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Apr 15, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $15.00/family Non-members: $$20/family

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape is changing from winter to spring. Observation, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered. This program is intended for families to discover and learn together. Leader: Registered Maine Guide P. Daniel Ryan    
  • Look What I Found! April Vacation Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Monday Apr 17, 2017 – Friday Apr 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45/day $210/wk, Child Non-members: $60/day $290/wk
    • Ages 3-5

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Join us during April school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! We will explore and enjoy nature through hands-on exploration, art, stories, and songs, so come prepared for both indoor and outdoor fun. Each day has its own theme, but daily activities tie into a week-long focus on habitats and stewardship.

    Monday: Habitat Connections

    Tuesday: Animal Journeys

    Wednesday: Who Lives in the Pond?

    Thursday: Earth Day

    Friday: Animals up Close

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible as space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273
  • Pollinator Parade & Festival
    • Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: FREE (parking pass required, see details below)
    • All ages

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, and more.

    11:30 am – Third Annual Pollinator Parade

    We’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Monarch Butterfly Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience. Melissa and Jada will be available to sign copies of the book.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park.

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 1
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 – Friday Jun 23, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    We will focus on how various aquatic species travel to fulfill their lifecycle.  This session include a field trip to Mill Creek in Freeport where we will explore the importance of the creek to fish and other wildlife.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 19-23

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Pathways Session 2
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    We will look at how the ocean plays a significant role for Maine Wildlife. This session features a full day at Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – June 26-30

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Age 6-10

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 1
    • Monday Jul 10, 2017 – Friday Jul 14, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Campers will create a message “for the birds” while learning about their habitat needs.  We will visit a nearby beach to experience shorebird conservation in action.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 10-14

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Ages 6-10

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Reservations required.  Call 207-883-5100

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  • Summer Camp: Shorely Important Habitats Session 2
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    We will explore important wildlife habitats that waterfront land provide Maine’s iconic species.  This session includes a day of outdoor exploration to Mackworth Island.

    Camp session (5 days) – July 17-21

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Nature Pottery
    • Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $7, Child Non-members: $9
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    Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Jul 25, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Age 6-10

    img_4315Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 1
    • Monday Jul 31, 2017 – Friday Aug 4, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    We will explore how terrestrial and aquatic animals of Maine travel.  Campers will explore a former mill dam in Freeport and engineer ways to help wildlife cross road barriers.

    Camp session (5 days) –July 31-August 4

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Summer Camp: Habitat Connections Session 2
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Campers will study the diverse forests of Maine and the species that depend on them throughout the year.  The session includes a day of forest exploration at Freeport’s Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 7-11

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 8, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Age 6-10

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity.

    img_4484Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 1
    • Monday Aug 14, 2017 – Friday Aug 18, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    We will find out about how bats, moths, mosquitos and other wildlife species benefit humans. This session includes an optional evening evening family program to monitor moths and bats.  

    Camp session (5 days) – August 14-18

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Nature Pottery
    • Tuesday Aug 15, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $7, Child Non-members: $9

    Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Summer Camp: Nature’s Natural Helpers Session 2
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $290, Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    We will explore how natural helpers like bees, butterflies, and birds take care of us in their own way.  This session includes a trip to Portland’s Farmers Market to see the “fruits of their labor”.

    Camp session (5 days) – August 21-25

    Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.


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  • Nature Art
    • Tuesday Aug 22, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Tuesday
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Child Members: $5, Child Non-members: $7
    • Age 6-10

    Through various art forms we will discover some of the secrets of the marsh. Children will explore the marsh and then participate on a craft activity.

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    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100