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Children's Book Week Celebration
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Children's Book Week Celebration

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Calendar Next session starts May 5, 2018 at 10 am

Join Maine Audubon in celebrating Children's Book Week and Screen-Free Week! Throughout the day, we'll be offering:

  • A curated selection of children's books in the store
  • Special readings and storytimes with local authors and special guests*
  • Activities designed to pair reading and outdoor exploration
  • ...and more!

*Stay tuned! Schedule and more details coming soon.

Family Nature Night: Pond


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts May 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Child member: $16, Child non-member: $20
Ages 3-7; children under 3 free

Location: Gilsland Farm

Put on your pajamas and your hiking boots and join us for a special evening program for kids and their grownups. We will learn about the creatures of the pond at night!  Do they go to sleep when we go to sleep? Or do they take advantage of the dark and cool evenings? We hope to uncover this mystery by exploring our pond at dusk.  

5:30-6 pm Arrival and free play
Get settled and comfortable at an assortment of indoor activity stations.

6-6:30 pm Stories and songs
Welcome the dark with a large-group storytime.

6:30-7 pm Night hike
We’ll venture outside for a twilight adventure! For this portion, we’ll split into two groups to enjoy the unique opportunity to explore Gilsland Farm at night.

All children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 3 children per adult.

Cancellation Policy

Full Moon Canoe Tour
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Full Moon Canoe Tour


with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts May 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
1 additional session on May 29, 2018

Members $12, Nonmembers $14

Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

Arrive no later than 7:00.

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

Pollinator Parade & Festival
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Pollinator Parade & Festival

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Calendar Next session starts May 19, 2018 at 10 am

Free ($5/car to park)

Location: Gisland Farm

Join Maine Audubon and Birth Roots for our 4th annual pollination celebration! Come ready to learn and dressed as your favorite pollinator, and leave ready to take action.


10am - 11:30am Family Festival
Crafts, games, a pollinator scavenger hunt, and more!

11:30am – 12pm Fourth Annual Pollinator Parade
We will march through Gilsland Farm to celebrate spring and to show our support for pollinator habitat. Costumes encouraged!

12 – 1pm BYO Picnic
Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a BYO picnic on the grounds. Picnic tables are limited, so bring a picnic blanket and please be prepared to pack out any garbage.

Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park. Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!

Season Opening Celebration
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Season Opening Celebration

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Calendar Next session starts May 26, 2018 at 9 am

Join us in celebrating our 45th anniversary at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.  The season opening weekend will be filled with fun and adventure!  We will have canoe and walking tours, nature crafts, used book and bake sale, demonstartions, exhibits and more!  The weekend will be capped off with our Snowy Egret 5K road race.  

The event is free but there will be a cost for some tours.  For more information contact or call 207-883-5100.

Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
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Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk

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Calendar Next session starts May 28, 2018

The 11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh and the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2018! 

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The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine! 


  • Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am  
  • 5K Run/Walk (ages 12+) starts at 9:00 am     


Kids 1K Fun Run will start and end at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail.  5K Run/Walk will start at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and end at Peterson Field.     


All parking will be at Peterson Field located at 135 Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. There is a 1 mile walk from the parking area to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for the beginning of the race. Please leave enough time to get to the starting line.     

Directions to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Peterson Field

From the north via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 42, Scarborough, to Route 1 South. Turn left onto Route 9. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.  

From the south via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 to Route 1 North. Turn right onto Route 9. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.     

Entry Fees

  • 5K Run/Walk is $18 in advance or $20 on the day of the race.
  • Kids 1K Fun Run is $5 per registrant (12 and under)
  • There will be no refunds of registration fees unless the event is canceled by Maine Audubon.      

Registration and Number Pick-up

Advance registration, t-shirt, and bib number pick-up will take place at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 9:30 am-5 pm.     

Race day registration, bib number, and t-shirt pick-up will take place at Peterson Field.     

What to Bring
Water and appropriate gear for the weather. This race is rain or shine!        

T-shirts & Medals   

The first 150 adult registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All participants of the Kids 1K Fun Run will receive a medal.


Overall ......... 1st

1st - 3rd in age groups
14 & Under

Speaker Series: Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, & design

Calendar Next session starts May 10, 2018 at 7 pm

Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design

Co-presented by David Buckley Borden, artist/designer, and Aaron M. Ellison, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, this Speaker Series event will look at the intersection of ecology, art, and design as viewed through the lens of the Hemlock Hospice  project.  

This immersive, site-specific science-communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests.


About David Buckley Borden

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer known for his creative practice of making ecological issues culturally relevant to the general public by means of accessible art and design. David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associatesand Ground before focusing his practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity,and cultural event. David’s work now manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciļ¬c landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Art Lab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and MASS MoCA. David is an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Forest where he works with scientists to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?"

About Aaron M. Ellison

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Senior Ecologist at the Harvard Forest,and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the intermediate disturbance hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest). On weekends, he works wood.

Spring Family Fun at Gilsland Farm


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. 

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