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Preschool April Vacation Camp

$60

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Apr 15, 2019 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 19, 2019

Member: $48, Nonmember $60

Register for single days or the whole week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

Ages 3-5

Our half-day (9am-1pm) preschool camps are an opportunity for children ages 3-5 to learn about wildlife through play and outdoor adventure. Our daily schedule includes time for art, hiking, free play, games, stories, and songs.

Partial scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance. Please call 207-781-2330 x.273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf). 

Preschool Camp Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Monday: Give Plants a Chance
From catkins above our heads to fiddleheads at our feet, we’ll look high and low for signs of new plant growth and will try to figure out which animals use these plants for food and shelter. 

Tuesday: Springtime Birds
Birds are migrating back to Maine, singing, and building nests! We will look and listen for birds and practice building different types of nests.

Wednesday: Frogs and Turtles
Birds and the only animals singing and building nests this time of year. We will explore the life cycles and adaptation of frogs and turtles today.

Thursday: Habitat Connections
What do plants and animals need to survive? How can people protect and provide habitat for wildlife? We’ll explore some special habitats and Gilsland Farm and plant seeds to take home.

Friday: Earth Day
We’ll kick off Earth Day weekend with a celebration of stewardship and a special live animal show with the Center for Wildlife.

Full Course

April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond

$50

with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts Apr 15, 2019 at 8:30 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 19, 2019

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Members: $40/day, Nonmembers: $50/day

For kids in grades 3 - 5

Learn about our local plants, insects, amphibians, birds, mammals, and how they make Fields Pond's wetlands, forests and fields their home.  Fun-packed days will include scientific explorations, active games, outdoor explorations, and crafts!  Members: $40/day.  Camp scholarships are available.

K-5 April Vacation Camp

$75

with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next session starts Apr 15, 2019 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 19, 2019

Member price $60 per day, Non-member price $75 per day

Sign up for individual days or all week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

We will start our camp day with scientific exploration, make a connection with a book at lunch, have free play, and reconnect with an activity or craft tying into the theme of the day.

Daily Camp themes

 Wetland Explorations (Monday, April 15, 2019)

Insects, amphibians, birds, mammals, and more are some of the things we may spot on our journey to the pond and marsh.  Net and capture some of the critters with us to study them up close!

Birds Bonanza (Tuesday, April 16, 2019)

Campers will fly into an exciting day of flight, song, and bird behavior.  We will put our birding skills to the test and see how many bird species we can find today.

Animal Survival  (Wednesday, April 17, 2019)

Campers will participate in activities that will have them acting like animals using their adaptations to survive in the wild.

Tracking (Thursday, April 18, 2019)

Learn how to identify animals by footprints, scat, and other clues they leave behind.  Become a detective to solve the mystery of who has been here!

Earth Celebration (Friday, April 19th, 2019)

Today we will celebrate the Earth by learning about animal adaptations during our Live Animal Show (10:30-11:30)  provided by the Center for Wildlife!  We will finish our day with an exploration in nature and Earth art.

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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

Register Here!

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.

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.

 

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.

 





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