Maine Audubon’s mission involves engaging people, especially youth, in conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Partnering with schools, enrichment programs, and community groups has been a core program line for the organization for decades. We specialize in outdoor/experiential learning, NGSS standards, multi-disciplinary curricula, and inspiring a culture of social and environmental responsibility. We will partner with you to design and deliver customized programming/curriculum for your school or community group. Together, we can adapt our signature programs, community science field studies, or service learning projects to enrich your current units of study.
We offer school programs at three locations: Gilsland Farm in Falmouth (Greater Portland), Fields Pond in Holden (Greater Bangor), and Scarborough Marsh in Scarborough. We also offer Early Childhood Programs and School Visits, where our educators will come to you! Learn more about all of these programs by visiting the links below.
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Greater PortlandSituated along the Presumpscot River estuary just five minutes from Portland, Maine Audubon’s headquarters features an environmental education center and a 65-acre sanctuary with more than two miles of trails winding along a pond and through forest, meadow, orchard, and salt marsh. Learn more >
Fields Pond Audubon Center, Greater BangorLocated seven miles southeast of Bangor, in Holden and Orrington, Fields Pond Audubon Center features a Nature Center, an 191-acre pond, and a 229-acre sanctuary with trails winding through field, wetland, forest, and lakeshore. Learn more >
Owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the 3,100 acre estuary known as Scarborough Marsh is the largest salt marsh in the state, comprising tidal marsh, salt creeks, freshwater marsh, and uplands. The marsh is particularly important for wildlife as a resting, breeding, and feeding ground. Learn more >
Early Childhood Programs
Our community preschool programs offer young children opportunities to interact with nature and each other in ways that foster stewardship and empathy, increase science knowledge and cognitive skills, and promote growth and development across learning domains. Our programs align with Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards and can be adapted to fit the needs of your school or classroom. Learn more >
If you’re not able to visit one of our sanctuaries, a Maine Audubon educator can come to you. Maybe you’re a classroom teacher who wants help with a unit or conducting fieldwork at your school, or maybe you’re coordinating after-school or summer enrichment. Whatever your need, a Maine Audubon educator is excited to visit your classroom or schoolyard. Together, we can develop a program that serves your community. Learn more >