Community Preschool Programs

Inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.

Preschooler sniffing flowerWEBTime spent outdoors increases a child’s use of imagination, concentration and observation skills. Connect your students to nature, learn about wildlife in your school yard or take a field trip to a favorite local park! Our Community Preschool programs offer a variety of options that can be tailored to fit with your needs.

Maine Audubon’s Community Preschool programs adhere to Maine Early Learning Guidelines. Programs are designed for groups of children 3-5 years old.

Contact us

  • For more information, contact Kim Sanders at (207) 781-2330 x231.
  • Prices start at $50/hour. If price is a prohibitive factor in working with us, please let us know. Our goal is to make our programs accessible to more preschool children.

Seasonal Programs  

Signs of the Seasons:

  • Why do leaves change color?
  • How do wildlife prepare for winter?
  • Why do birds migrate?
  • Why do plants and flowers need bees?

Other topics include:

  • Adaptation: Learn about different traits animal and plants need to survive.
  • All about animals: learn more about mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles or birds
  • Cycles and change: learn about the cyclical patterns of watersheds, seasons and more
  • Interdependence: Why do plants need water? Why do animals eat certain foods?
  • Senses: learn how to use all five senses to observe the natural world.

Field Trips

Take your students to Gilsland Farm Audubon Center (Falmouth) or a favorite local park or sanctuary to learn about local wildlife and habitat. A Maine Audubon educator will lead your group on a 75-minute guided walk that focuses on a topic of your choice.

Gardening for Wildlife

Maine Audubon can help design habitat in your school yard that will attract wildlife your students can observe year-round. We will utilize your current landscaping and add native food and shelter that animals need to survive. Birds, bees and insects are a few of the animals you may see.

Customized Programs

We offer customized programs and collaborative planning to meet your specific curriculum needs. We can:

  • Design and teach lessons in your classroom, at Gilsland Farm or a location of your choice
  • Identify field sites at or around your school to use for inquiry and instruction
  • Coach you in how to use field sites for effective student learning
  • Provide content expertise
  • Identify or develop additional resources for learning
  • Explore and co-design green practices for your school