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Earth Day Clean-up
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Earth Day Clean-up

Free
Calendar Next session starts Apr 21, 2018 at 9 am

Spring will be here before we know it and it will be time to clean up the marsh, beaches, Nature Center, and grounds for the new season. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place. Groups are welcome!

This year we are partnering with Project G.R.A.C.E. to collect food. Bring some nonperishable food or a store gift card to the clean up and help the human inhabitants of the marsh.

This event is Free! Registration is helpful for planning for food and supplies, but you are welcome to drop in. 

Sign up today!

If you have any questions you can contact Linda at  smac@maineaudubon.org or call 781-2330 ext 213.

K-5 April Vacation Camp

$75

with Karen Arno

Calendar Next session starts Apr 16, 2018 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 20, 2018

Member price $60 per day, Non-member price $75 per day

Sign up for individual days or all week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

We will start our camp day with scientific exploration, make a connection with a book at lunch, have free play, and reconnect with an activity or craft tying into the theme of the day.

Daily Camp themes

Birds (Monday, April 16, 2018)

Learn about the many bird adaptations!  Where are they coming from, what type of nest will they build, what are they going to eat?  Campers will be active learning about bird migration and get creative thinking and acting like a bird.

Wildlife On The Move (Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

Fly, hop, crawl and waddle your way into camp where we will explore how iconic and endangered species move through nature.  Campers will learn what these species need and will be able to create special messages through movement and art.

"Bringing Nature Home" (Wednesday, April 18, 2018)

Campers will become biologists today as we study native plants and insects and how they help each other.  We will bring home potted seeds to help our communities and create art that can be displayed to help others to be mindful of insect and plant relationships.

Wetland Explorations (Thursday, April 19, 2018)

Insects, amphibians, birds, mammals and more are some of the things we may spot on our journeys to the pond and marsh.  Net and capture some of the critters with us to study them up close!

Earth Celebration (Friday, April 20, 2018)

Today we will celebrate the Earth by learning about bats during our Live Animal Show (10:30-11:30)  provided by the Center for Wildlife!  We will finish our day with an exploration in nature and Earth art.  

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Live Animal Show: Bats!

$15

with Karen Arno

Calendar Next session starts Apr 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

Adult Member: $10, Adult Nonmember: $15

Member Child: $5, Nonmember Child: $10 

Location: Gilsland Farm

 Join Maine Audubon and our friends at Center for Wildlife as we get an up close look at fascinating species of bats. With the live animals and interactive discussion, we’ll learn more about these animals up close, and explore our connection to them.  

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!

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Nature Tuesday Group
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Nature Tuesday Group

Free

with Davida Sky

Calendar Next session starts Mar 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm
2 additional sessions through Apr 10, 2018

A bi-weekly nature group led by Davida and Kiya.  Details vary from week to week.

Preschool April Vacation Camp

$60

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Apr 16, 2018
4 additional sessions through Apr 20, 2018

Member: $48 per day, Nonmember: $60 per day
Register for single days or the whole week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

A chance for children ages 3-5 to learn about habitat and stewardship through play and outdoor adventure. Each half-day session includes time for art, hiking, free play, games, stories, and songs.

Monday: Habitat Heroes
What is a wildlife sanctuary? How can people help provide and protect habitat for wildlife? We’ll look high and low to figure out how animals find food, water, and shelter at Gilsland Farm.

Tuesday: Habitat at Home
How do plants grow? Why are they important for wildlife? We’ll plant seeds to take home and learn about some of the native plants that support wildlife.

Wednesday: Food Chains
How are predators and prey connected? Where do plants get their energy? We’ll explore a special habitat at Gilsland Farm and try to figure out who is eating who.

Thursday: Wildlife on the Move
Where were bats all winter? Why did the turtle cross the road? We’ll explore why and how animals move in the springtime.

Friday: Earth Day
We’ll kick of Earth Day weekend with a celebration of stewardship and a special live animal show with the Center for Wildlife.

Spring Family Fun at Fields Pond

$75
Calendar Next session starts Mar 24, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Child Members: $60, Child Non-members: $75
Ages 2-5, siblings under 2 free

Location: Field's Pond

5 week session

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.

Themes include birds and nests, amphibians, wildflowers, animal babies, and more!

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

Spring Family Fun at Gilsland Farm

$120

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Mar 27, 2018 at 9:15 am, runs for 9 weeks
1 additional session on Mar 27, 2018

Child Members: $96, Child Non-members: $120
Ages 2-5, siblings under 2 free

Location: Gilsland Farm 

8-week session (no class  April 17)

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.

Themes include birds and nests, amphibians, wildflowers, animal babies, and more!

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

The Naturalist's Sketchbook: Sketching Nature in Pencil, Pen, and Paint

$85

with Jean Mackay

Calendar Next session starts Apr 14, 2018 at 10 am

Members: $68, Nonmembers: $85

Location: Gilsland Farm

SOLD OUT!

Get inspired to explore the rich diversity of life around you in pencil, pen, and paint. This 6-hour workshop will help you prepare to sketch outdoors, cover drawing and watercolor painting techniques, and explore ways to capture a sense of place on paper. Whether you are looking for renewed inspiration, seeking to nurture your creative spark, or hoping to build your artistic skills, The Naturalist Sketchbook will set you on a journey of discovery that is much more than just an illustrated record of what you see. Sketch after sketch, year after year, you’ll cultivate a sense of wonder and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the world around you. Some experience with drawing is helpful, but instruction will be tailored to various skill levels.

Materials suggestions provided upon registration, please bring lunch.
Limit 12 students. Age 16 and up.

About the Instructor

Jean Mackay is an artist, writer, naturalist, and educator. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than 25 years a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to museums, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. Her blog, Drawn In, shares the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield. www.jeanmackayart.com

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