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Art Reception: John Knight
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Art Reception: John Knight

Calendar Next session starts Jan 26, 2019 at 1 pm

Join us to celebrate the latest exhibition in the Gilsland Farm Gallery, Growing at Your Feet: Paintings by John Knight
On view January 8 - February 12, 2019

Reception: January 26, 1-3pm


From The Forecaster:
"Knight said he began painting plants as “a way to connect to my surroundings. Gilsland Farm is a close place to walk that has a variety of plant and bird life. The same fields and trails change color and texture as the seasons change, so there are always new views to record.”

What he also appreciates is that “wild plants have uses as food and medicine that we are constantly relearning. Knight also said that focusing on a plant or flower is a way to focus the eye in a bigger landscape."

Full article:

Image: Scarlet Pimpernel
acrylic on canvas
20" x  16"

August Full Moon Canoe Tour
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August Full Moon Canoe Tour

Calendar Next session starts Aug 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
1 additional session on Aug 15, 2019

Members $14, Nonmembers $16

Location: Scarborough Marsh

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 6:30 pm

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

Bird Feeding Celebration
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Bird Feeding Celebration

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Calendar Next session starts Jan 26, 2019 at 10 am

Join Maine Audubon in preparing to celebrate National Bird Feeding month in February!

Transform your backyard into a bird sanctuary with the help of The Nature Store.

Offering food and water nurtures birds through the harsh winter, and allows us the chance to observe them up close. This is also an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the natural world right outside our windows. Join us for tips on how!

We will be offering informal talks throughout the day.

Staff will be on hand to answer your questions. 


Bird Monitoring
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Bird Monitoring

Calendar Next session starts Jul 20, 2019
1 additional session on Aug 17, 2019

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.  Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak.  Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders.  We have been doing this survey for over 20 years.  All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.

Advanced registration appreciated biut not required.  Call 207-883-5100 and press zero or e-mail

Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs & Marsh Muck
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Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs & Marsh Muck

Calendar Next session starts Jun 26, 2019 at 10:30 am, runs for 10 weeks
2 additional sessions through Aug 21, 2019

Members $5, Nonmembers $7

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichog, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for "children" of all ages.

No reservations are needed.  If you have questions, you can email or call 207-883-5100.

Groundhog Day Celebration
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Groundhog Day Celebration

Calendar Next session starts Feb 2, 2019 at 10 am

Shadow or no shadow?? Will winter end soon, or should we expect 6 more weeks? Punxsatawney Phil is famous for his winter predictions but do you know about our very own Rosewood and all our other groundhogs at Gilsland Farm?

Come visit us for a fun morning of learning about groundhogs, whistle pigs and woodchucks! We'll have books, kids activities and a presentation by Dr. Christine Maher, who has been studying our Gilsland Farm groundhogs for over 20 years. 

Groundhog Eve


with Lynn Havsall

Calendar Next session starts Feb 1, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

It's almost Groundhog Day! Celebrate with yummy holiday treats and discover fascinating facts about woodchucks, the only rodent with its very own holiday!  Unravel Groundhog Day lore and learn how differently this holiday was celebrated in the old days.

Members: $8, Non-Members: $10

Growing Up WILD


with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts Feb 2, 2019 at 8:45 am

Join us at our Fields Pond Center for this in-depth 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators.

Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

  • Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:
  • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
  • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units.
  • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music, health and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections.
  • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
  • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
  • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains


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