Family Fun Connections: Introducing the Chickadee Club

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What outdoor adventures do you have planned this summer? Whether you are close enough to enjoy the trails at Gilsland Farm or have your own favorite spots to explore, I’m excited to invite you to join Maine Audubon’s Chickadee Club! There are two ways to participate in this monthly subscription program for children ages 3-8 and their families:

Digital club members get access to downloadable, printable activities, art prompts, templates, and more. Print as many copies as you need to explore all of your favorite outdoor spaces!

Or, opt in to the Gilsland Farm Flock for: 

  • A new activity kit to pick up at Gilsland Farm each month, chock full of the information, materials, and tools you’ll need for outdoor play and exploration, nature-inspired art, and more! 
  • Notifications of pop-up adventures you can do as a family at Gilsland Farm
  • Special opportunities to virtually interact with Maine Audubon educators and scientists 
  • Access to digital content so you can save and print more copies of favorite activities 

Details and registration here

Of course, we’ll keep posting activities and ideas in this space, too. This week, I’d like to challenge you to learn some new tricks for playing with plants. Mastering these skills takes some practice and you can do them almost anywhere, which makes them perfect ways to fill a bit of down time or add some play to a walk or hike. 

First up: the Norway Maples in my neighborhood have been dropping samaras lately, and wearing these seeds on your nose may be the only good use for them (here’s why). Just separate the seed part (leaving the wing intact) and stick it on your nose! 

Or if you’re up for a challenge, learn to whistle on a blade of grass or an acorn cap. Lastly, try tracking down some English Plantain to see how far you can shoot the seed head. Good luck! 

Our educators, scientists, advocates, and naturalists are committed to keeping you connected to the natural world as we deal with the coronavirus situation together. Check in every weekday on our Connections page for family activities, parent/teacher tips, backyard birding, nature exploration at our sanctuaries, and more.