Events & Programs


Browsing event topic: nature exploration

  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday Mar 7, 2017
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
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    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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday Mar 7, 2017
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5
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    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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


    Learn more

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 – Thursday Mar 30, 2017
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00

    **There will be no walk on February 16th due to the weather.**

    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

  • Look What I Found! Preschool Camp (Full Week)
    • Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Friday Feb 24, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45/day $160/wk, Child Non-members: $60/day $230/wk
    • Ages 3-5
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    Join us during February school vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm! Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Come prepared to be indoors (slippers) and explore outside (full winter gear). Each day has its own theme, but contribute to the week’s theme: Winter Adaptations.

    Tuesday: Snow & Ice

    Wednesday: Birds in Winter

    Thursday: Tracking

    Friday: Predators & Prey

    Please note:

    • Participants bring their own snack and lunch.
    • Registration is required for this event.
    • Registration for single day(s) is possible if space permits. Please call Beth Pauls 207-781-2330 x273
  • Family Discovery Series: Snowshoe Tour
    • Saturday Mar 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $15.00/family Non-members: $20.00/family
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    Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond Audubon Center. We will search for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace; all ages welcome. Snowshoes available in limited quantities. Please bring your own if you have them.   

  • 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

    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
  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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