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Family Fun at Gilsland Farm
with Molly Woodring
Weekly on Wednesdays, no class 2/19
Child members: $120
Child non-members: $150
Ages 2-5, siblings under 2 free
Location: Gilsland Farm
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.
Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. ($15/week for members, $20/week nonmembers)
Birding Tour: Arizona
with Doug Hitchcox
Join this private birding tour for Arizona Winter Specialties with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.
Southern Arizona is a fabulous place for a birding tour in winter! The wide San Rafael Grasslands seethe with a multitude of wintering finches. Scarce thrashers sing from mesquites in the desert near Phoenix. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes rise bugling from protected roosting sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley. A plethora of raptors ply the vast desert skies, searching for prey and thermals. Winter irruptives like Mountain Bluebirds and Lawrence's Goldfinches appear in varying numbers most years. And Mexican species wander across the border to add a tropical twist. Our mid-March timing also gives us a shot at some early spring migrants -- while all of the wintering birds are still on territory.
We'll be based in Phoenix for two nights and Tucson for four, and all of the areas we visit are easy day trips from very comfortable hotels. If you're looking to escape the winter blahs, head to southern Arizona for a truly exceptional winter birding experience!
A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Arizona Tour Itinerary
More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Arizona 2020 with Maine Audubon
Piping Plover Party
An indoor/outdoor party at the beach in March! Why? Why not? We're going to have a blast at the Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center in Saco. If it's warm enough, we'll have outside activities on the beach but we also have plenty of indoor activities, including food and drinks for adults & kids. It's the perfect party to shake away the winter blues and get ready for spring. Let's get together to celebrate our beloved Piping Plovers and all their shorebird friends.
Join us to learn about Maine Audubon's Piping Plover Project and shorebird initiatives. At the same time you will enjoy:
- Food & Drinks
- Guided Beach Walk
- Games and Activities
- Silent Auction
The event benefits a scholarship program for Maine Audubon's shorebird interns, supporting up-and-coming biologists who will help shape Maine's environmental future.
Maine Audubon adult members & Maine UU members 21+: $25 (includes 2 tickets for beer or wine)
Non-members 21+: $30 (includes 2 tickets for beer or wine)
Members 6 - 20 yrs old: $10
Non-members 6 - 20 yrs old: $15
All children 6 and under - FREE!
Wild Crafted Basketry
with Rebecca May Verrill
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $95, Nonmembers $115 (Includes materials)
In this hands-on workshop we will explore an introduction to traditional basket weaving techniques with round, wild harvested, flexible fibers. In the first hour or so of the workshop we will travel to local low-lying areas on the property and cut our own Red Osier Dogwood for immediate wet-weave use upon returning to the Visitor’s Center.
Instructor will provide the majority of pre-harvested materials, however, the nature of this project is for the maker to establish a connection with their own materials, having an understanding of how and what to look for and harvest. Wonderful organic variations in size, color, texture and form will occur!
Students will be guided through an introduction to make a large flat-bottomed basket. Depending on size and ease of use with the materials, each student should be able to complete the bulk of the basket (and the knowledge of how to complete it afterward, if time doesn’t allow) within the workshop.
Examples and stages of development, as well as different styles of baskets will be shared, as well as many different resources to encourage and inspire future weaving projects. It is highly likely that participants will leave this workshop with a new way of seeing the landscape around them and never leave home without a pair of snippers in their glove box or backpack.
What to bring: We will be spending the first hour or so of class outside, harvesting materials, so please dress accordingly! Bring small, hand-held prune or garden shears, gloves and waterproof boots. Feel free to bring other shoes to change into during class. Adequate hand strength, creative openness and a positive attitude are the only other requirements.
Please bring your lunch and snacks. A refridgerator and microwave will be available.
About the Instructor: Rebecca May Verrill is a native of the western foothills of Maine where she first developed her love of crafting objects from the natural world. She learned the folk tradition of basketry while living in Taos, NM where she lived for 10 years primarily working with clay. Influenced by strong craft traditions in the southwest and harvesting wild red willow along the banks of the Rio Grande to craft vessels of a different sort, Rebecca easily added basketry to her creative practice. She received her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 and currently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME, where she teaches the occasional workshop, exhibits work regionally and nationwide. For more about Rebecca and her ceramics please visit www.rebeccamayverrill.com.
Join instructors, Cami Wilbert and Linda Woodard for this exciting professional development opportunity. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice and dive deeply into the Project WET Curriculum and Activities.
The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from K-12 the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.
The Guide is correlated to national education standards including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards.
In addition to the Curriculum Guide, participants will be given access to online resources including:
What do educators say?
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is great tool for teaching: science technology, engineering and math (STEM) language arts social studies fine arts music physical education social studies and more...