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Ecology Club for Teens and Tweens
Students in Grades 6-8 meet weekly from 3:30-5:30 at Gilsland Farm Starting September 25-November 13.
Students will engage in activities designed to help them learn about local ecosystems and their environment. Activities will include environmental problem solving, advocacy, educating others about protecting ecosystems, conservation, service learning and stewardship all in a fun, experiential, and interactive way.
If signing up for 3 or more sessions, scholarships are available. Please contact Beth Pauls, 207-781-2330 x273.
Fall Wildflower Walk at Coffin Wildflower Reservation
with Heather McCargo
The Coffin Wildflower Reservation in Woolwich is one of nine owned by the New England Wildflower Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up the 177-acre area, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. Hike the woodland trails along the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type.
This program is co-sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society, and will be led by Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project.
Family Fun at Gilsland Farm
with Molly Woodring
Weekly on Tuesdays
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.
Nature Tuesday Group
Next meeting: September 25, 2 - 3:30 pm
Our next Nature Tuesday is September 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 to accommodate the tide.
We will meet at the Eastern Trail on Pine Point Road in Scarborough. Please meet in the parking lot.
Please note change of time for this walk only.
The shore birds are migrating, the marsh is turning its fall colors, there are late summer flowers, it’s a beautiful time to be in Scarborough Marsh.
Please bring binoculars.
Speaker Series: Why Natural History Matters
with Tom Fleischner
Members $12, Nonmembers $15
Why Natural History Matters: Saving the Earth and Feeding Your Soul Through the Study of Natural History
Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, and Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, defines natural history expansively as “a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than- human world, guided by honesty and accuracy”, or, alternatively, as “the practice of falling in love with the world.”
He will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and, not least, for our own well-being. In addition to sharing images from his naturalist explorations from Alaska to Antarctica, he will read from his new book, Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness.
Copies of the book (as well as his previous volume, The Way of Natural History) will be available for purchase and signing.
The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon
We are pleased to announce The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon, a fine art and craft show to take place on Saturday, September 29, 10 am to 4 pm. This juried event will include 50 fine artists and artisans, demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and local food trucks.
The show features artists and artisans of the highest quality who exemplify the best of Maine and include the following in their work:
- Imagery of Maine’s wildlife and natural landscape
- Environmentally-friendly materials or techniques
- Products in support of sustainable living
- Items handmade in Maine
Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
with Doug Hitchcox
Location: Gilsland Farm
Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary. We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.
We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.
A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783
Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237
Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
Members $3/ Nonmembers $5
The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more.
We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.