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Field Botany: Tree Walk

$10

with Sophia DeMaio

Calendar Next session starts Aug 24, 2019 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

Join us for a walk on the Fields Pond Sanctuary property to identify trees and shrubs by their leaves, branching structure, and bark.  Easy to moderate walking.  Members, $8.

Fields Pond Summer Day Camp
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Fields Pond Summer Day Camp

$325
Calendar Next session starts Jul 8, 2019 at 8:30 am
5 additional sessions through Aug 12, 2019

Members: $260/session; Nonmembers $325/session

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

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Fields Pond Audubon Center’s Day Camp provides a uniquehands-on, nature-based experience for campers ages 6-12. Sessions are led by experienced leaders with both educational and environmental backgrounds. Each day highlights a different theme that campers will explore through a variety of activities, including: hikes; creative arts projects; recreational activities; and nature study.

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)
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Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)

$390

with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next session starts Jun 24, 2019 at 9 am
6 additional sessions through Aug 19, 2019

Member $315/Non-member $390

Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary

For Campers entering Grades 1-5

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Our K-5 campers spend their days engaged in hands-on science, open-ended exploration and discovery, and activities designed to foster stewardship and build connection to the natural world--all while developing friendships, building community, and having fun!

Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).

June 24-28 Wild about Wildlife 
Explore Maine’s incredible biodiversity this week as we learn about animals of all shapes and sizes. We’ll get to know the creatures that call Gilsland Farm home and get up close and personal with some favorite creatures at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

July 8-12 Animal Adaptations
From a the sharp talons of an owl to the stinky spray of a skunk, this week is all about the adaptations that help animals to survive and thrive. We’ll also see intertidal creatures in action during an exciting trip to the tide pools at Kettle Cove!

July 15-19 Avian Adventures
With binoculars around our necks and field guides in hand, we’ll practice identifying local birds while also learning about their behavior, preferred habitat, and diet. Maine Audubon’s team of shorebird biologists will provide expert guidance during a day of birding the beach.

July 22-26 Habitat Connections
Why did the turtle cross the road? This week we’ll explore how and why animals travel to new habitats, and how people can help them do so by engineering road crossings and visiting a local stream to learn how wildlife benefit from unobstructed waterways.

August 5-9 Incredible Insects
Insects are the coolest things on six legs! This week we’ll observe, capture, and identify insects while exploring their role in the ecosystem. Join us for an optional family evening event focused on moths and other insects that are active at dusk.

August 12-16 “Bringing Nature Home” 
We can all make a difference for wildlife by planting native plants! We’ll get to know some favorite species, explore the many ways plants support insects, birds, and other wildlife, and participate in an ongoing habitat restoration project.

August 19-23 Fantastic Forests 
Who lives in forest and where? From the forest floor to the canopy, we’ll explore this special habitat to learn how the wildlife that live there are interconnected. We’ll delve into the secrets of a different forest habitat with visit to Maine Audubon’s Mast Landing sanctuary in Freeport.

 

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Saplings
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Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Saplings

$345

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jun 24, 2019 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Aug 19, 2019

Members: $276, Nonmembers: $345

9am-3pm

Ages 4-5

Location: Gilsland Farm

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Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler's pace! Each day includes indoor and outdoor play, plenty of hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest time. 

Preschool Camp Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).

Dates and themes:

June 24-28 Habitat Heroes
We’ll flex our stewardship superpowers this week as we learn about native plants and habitat restoration, as well as ways that we can help wildlife at home.

July 15-19 Earth Art
There is so much to discover at the intersection of science and art! This week we will experiment with different techniques and perspectives, all while creating our very own nature journals.

August 5-9: Pollinator Patrol
Why do plants need pollinators and how do they attract them? This week we will celebrate pollinators of all shape and sizes while learning what we can do to help them.

August 19-23: Biodiversity Bonanza
Mammals, birds, and amphibians, oh my! We’ll explore how different types of animal protect themselves, find food, and care for their young.

 

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Sprouts
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Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Sprouts

$285

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jun 17, 2019 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Aug 12, 2019

Member: $228 Nonmember: $285

Ages 3-5

9am-1pm

Location: Gilsland Farm

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Our half-day camps provide a gentle introduction to camp for children ages three through five. We will spend each week learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

Preschool Camp Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf). 

Dates and themes:

June 17-21: Who’s Home?
What is a habitat? How do plants and animals survive in different habitats? From meadow to marsh, pond to forest, we will explore all that Gilsland Farm has to offer this week!

July 8-12: Our Five Senses
Why does a slug feel slimy? Can you tell the song of a chickadee from a robin? Join us for a week of sensory exploration as we challenge ourselves to look, listen, hear, and feel more carefully while learning about animals with super-senses, too.

July 22-26: Butterflies and Bees
How do bees make honey? Why are pollinators important? Learn about the life cycles of these fascinating insects and the important role they play in the life cycle of a plant, too!

August 12-16: Wildlife Wonders
What animals live in Maine? What makes them special? We’ll search high and low for wildlife around Gilsland Farm and learn what life is like from their points of view.

IPP Plant Paddler Training
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IPP Plant Paddler Training

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with Roberta Hill

Calendar Next session starts Aug 18, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

The Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) Paddle is a guided exploration that takes place on shore and on the water. This is a fun, informal way to learn about Maine’s native aquatic plants, as well as the invasive aquatic plants that threaten these beautiful and ecologically-important habitats. Participants will each receive a free “Quick Key to Ruling Out Maine’s Eleven Most Unwanted Invasive Aquatic Plants,” and will the practice skills needed to spot suspicious plants while out recreating on the water.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required. (Please indicate whether you are bringing your own boat or will need to use one of ours.)

Kayak Tour
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Kayak Tour

$13
Calendar Next session starts Jul 20, 2019 at 2 pm

Member $11, Nonmember $13

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. Must be 16 or older.

Please arrive at 12:30 pm.

Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

 

Moonlight Paddle on Fields Pond

$10
Calendar Next session starts Aug 16, 2019 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Members $8, Nonmembers $10
Location: Fields Pond

Spend the evening in the glow of moonlight along with fellow paddlers on Fields Pond for a guided naturalist paddle.  Meet at the Fields Pond Landing with your own water craft (canoe, kayak), or reserve a seat on one of our canoes (there is an extra $5 reservation fee).  





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