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Family Fun at Fields Pond

$14

with Sophia DeMaio

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 21, 2019 at 9:30 am

Members: $10, Non-Members: $14
Location: Fields Pond

Ages 2-5, Siblings Under 2 Free

Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature through stories, songs, art and play. Each week with include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings. Ages 2-5.

Family Fun at Gilsland Farm

$150

with Molly Woodring

Weekly on Wednesdays (new day!)
9-weeks/session

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)

The History (and future!) of Atlantic Salmon in the Penobscot River

$8

with Catherine Schmitt

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 4, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members: FREE, Nonmembers: $8

From 1912 to 1982, the first salmon caught in the Penobscot River each spring was sent to the White House and presented to the President.  Join acclaimed author and science writer, Catherine Schmitt, as she discusses the long natural and human history around Atlantic Salmon in Maine's rivers, including past and ongoing efforts to regulate the fishery and restore this historic migration. This event is part of Maine Audubon's celebration of the "International Year of the Salmon." 

Catherine Schmitt is author of The President's Salmon: Restoring the King of Fish and its Home Waters, and writes frequently for newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Her writing is informed by her background in environmental science and field experience in rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeastern U.S. She lives in Bangor, Maine. Catherine will be available to sign copies of her books.

Family Fun at Fields Pond

$14

with Sophia DeMaio

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 5, 2019 at 9:30 am

Members: $10

Non-Members: $14

Ages 2-5, Siblings Under 2 Free

Location: Fields Pond

Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature through stories, songs, art and play. Each week with include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings. Ages 2-5.

Fall Native Seed Sowing Workshop

$30

with Heather McCargo

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2019 at 10 am

Nonmembers: $30, Members (Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project) $20

Location: Gilsland Farm

In this workshop, Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project leads a hands-on experience in native plant propagation, from ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures to germination techniques. We will learn about perennial wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. Be prepared to dig your hands deep into the diversity of native seeds! Participants will go home with several pots sown with native seeds.

Co-sponsored by Wild Seed Project.  Members receive member discount.

Owls of Birdsacre

$12

with Grayson Richmond

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2019 at 10:30 am
1 additional session on Dec 7, 2019

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center
Two sessions: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

$12 Adult Non-member (kids $6);  $8 Adult Members (kids $4)
Kids are ages 13 and under.  

Preregistration is required!

Come meet the Owls of Birdsacre up close and personal!  “Achilles,” the educational, non-releasable Great Horned Owl; “Atticus,” the calm Barred Owl, and “Little Gentleman,” the diminutive Saw-Whet Owl.  Hear their stories of personal and species challenges and learn how we can help in the work of owl conservation.  This is a family friendly event. Space will be limited due to the comfort of the owls and humans (pre-registration is required).

 

Pack-Basket Making Workshop at Fields Pond

$100

with Jessica Steele

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 14, 2019 at 9 am

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Weave a 17” tall pack-basket with premium reed. Pine shoes, plywood base and straps are included. Course and material fee: $100 for a 17” basket, covers cost of material, strap and instruction.

Bring a lunch and we will provide tea, coffee, and light snacks.

Jes Steele has been weaving baskets for over 20 years and Pack Baskets the last ten years. She guarantees that you will have a lovely Packbasket by the end of the class.

Jes has been working in the field of Outdoor and Adventure Education over the past 25+ years, is currently the Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center at Unity College, and has been creating baskets and teaching Pack Basket courses for ten years.  

Space will be limited, please register early. Participants will leave with their very own pack-basket, and the workshop cost includes all materials and tools.

Eyes on Owls

$15
Calendar Next available session starts Dec 15, 2019 at 10:30 am
2 additional sessions through Dec 15, 2019

Adult Member: $10,  Adult Nonmember: $15
Child Member: $5, Child Nonmember: $10 

Location: Gilsland Farm

Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species.

People of all ages love this show – come get close and personal with live owls!

This program often sells out, and tickets are selling fast - register today to avoid disappointment.

Three Shows:

10:30 – 11:15 am (shorter program, most suitable for young children)
1:00 – 2:15 pm
3:00 – 4:15 pm

The Wilsons (Dunstable, MA) first brought their owls to Maine Audubon in 1999 and have come to Gilsland Farm annually since 2003. Their owl sanctuary is licensed to house up to 22 owls and they typically bring six to eight owls of different species with them when they come to Maine. Learn more at their website.

Children: 12 and under

 

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