Events & Programs


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  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday Apr 5, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $70.00/family Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5

    Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

    Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 28, 2017 – Tuesday May 23, 2017
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Tuesdays, March 28th – May 23rd (no class April 18th)

    Themes include:

    • Woodpeckers
    • Ponding
    • Spring Songs
    • Monarch Butterflies
    • and more!

    Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273 to check availability!

  • 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
  • April Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Apr 21, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Adult Members: $10, Child Members: $5
      Adult Non-members: $15, Child Non-members: $10
    Center for Wildlife hawk

    Join us for our annual spring 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.

    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.

    Please note:  This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older.  Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people.  Thank you!

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday May 3, 2017 – Wednesday Jun 14, 2017
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $70.00/family Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

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

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, May 3 – June 14

    Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.


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  • 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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  • Explorers Session 1: Pollinators
    • 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: $250, Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    June 19-23 – Pollinators
    How do honeybees help apple trees? What do monarchs need to grow? We’ll explore the important role that bugs, birds, and bats play in a plant’s life cycle.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Family Fun: Summer Session 1
    • Thursday Jun 22, 2017 – Thursday Jul 20, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    June 22 – Pollinators
    June 29 – Bird songs
    July 13 – Frogs and friends
    July 20 – What do you do with a tail like this?

    Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call to check availability!


    Learn more

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Butterflies and Bees
    • Monday Jun 26, 2017 – Friday Jun 30, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $215, Child Non-members: $265
    • Ages 3-5

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Explorers Session 2: Earth Art
    • 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: $250, Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    July 10-14 – Earth Art
    What can we learn about nature by looking through an artist’s eye? How are art and science connected? We will find out through creative experimentation with different materials, techniques, and natural phenomena.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Squash Session 2: Our Five Senses
    • Monday Jul 17, 2017 – Friday Jul 21, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $215, Child Non-members: $265
    • Ages 3-5

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


    Learn more

  • Explorers Session 3: Birds
    • 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: $250, Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    July 31-August 4 – Birds
    From goldfinches to Great Blue Herons, the world of birds is diverse and fascinating! We will learn about the lives of birds and what makes them unique, all while looking and listening for the birds around us.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Family Fun: Summer Session 2
    • Thursday Aug 3, 2017 – Thursday Aug 24, 2017
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $45, Child Non-members: $65
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Young children and their grown-ups are invited to join us at a new time to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

    Thursdays, 4-5pm

    August 3 – Owls
    August 10 – Animal Baths
    August 17 – Spiders
    August 24 – Who lives in the Pond?

    Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

    Contact: Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273

    Many of our Preschool Programs and Camps have ongoing registration. Call to check availability!


    Learn more

  • Summer Squash Session 3: Things with Wings
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 – Friday Aug 11, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $215, Child Non-members: $265
    • Ages 3-5

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


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  • Explorers Session 4: Animal Architects
    • 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: $250, Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler’s pace. Each day includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest.

    Full-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm

    August 14-18 – Animal Architects
    Animals build and create an amazing array of structures! From spider webs to beaver lodges, we will practice making our own as we discover how and why animals build the things they do.

    Please pack a lunch and two snacks


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  • Summer Squash Session 4: Who Lives Here?
    • Monday Aug 21, 2017 – Friday Aug 25, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $215, Child Non-members: $265
    • Ages 3-5

    Join us in learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

    Half-day camp runs Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm

    Please pack a lunch and snack


    Learn more