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February Vacation Camp at Fields Pond

$50

with David Lamon

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 18, 2020 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Feb 21, 2020

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

February 18–21 (4 days), 9 am–3 pm

Non-member: $50 per session.  Members: $40 per session.

Students, grades 2–5

Looking for something to do over school vacation week?  Maine Audubon winter vacation camp is an opportunity for children in grades 2–5 to learn about winter wildlife through hands-on activities and outdoor adventure. Our daily schedule includes time for art, hiking, science, games, and stories.  Each day will have a different theme and include topics about animal adaptations, snow science, tracking, and winter ecology.

Partial scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance. Please call 207-781-2330 x273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org

K-5 February Vacation Camp

$75

with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 18, 2020 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Feb 21, 2020

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

Sign up for individual days or all week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

Ages: For campers currently in grades K-5

Each day we will explore the landscape of Gilsland Farm, learn together about a daily wildlife theme, make connections with a story at lunch, enjoy free play, and wrap-up with an activity or craft tying into that day's topic.

Partial Scholarships are available!  Please contact us at 207-781-2330 x276 or scholarships@maineaudubon.org.

 

Daily Camp themes

Tracking - Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Learn how animal tracks tell a story - of who’s been there, what they were doing, and where they might have gone! We will spend the day looking for evidence of wildlife around Gilsland Farm - footprints, scat, and other clues abound for us to investigate.

Winter Birds - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Which birds stay in Maine to brave the cold? Which head south for the winter? Together we’ll observe and study the amazing ways birds cope with our changing seasons.

Snow Science & Snow Art - Thursday, February 20, 2020

By exploring the amazing properties of snow and ice campers will deepen their understanding of our frozen world. We’ll spend time creating art about and with these frozen resources to celebrate the beauty of winter. 

Winter Wildlife - Friday, February 21, 2020

On this day we’ll enjoy an engaging Live Animal Show (10:30-11:30 am) put on by the Center for Wildlife and their animal ambassadors. We’ll wrap up the day exploring the frozen landscape of Gilsland Farm and considering how we can help winter wildlife.

Cancellation Policy

Preschool February Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm

$60

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Feb 18, 2020 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Feb 21, 2020

Register for single days or the whole week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

Ages 3-5

Our half-day (9 am-1 pm) preschool camps are an opportunity for children ages 3-5 to learn about winter 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 x273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf). 

Preschool Camp Frequestly Asked Questions (pdf)

Tuesday: Snow Science
Are all snowflakes really unique? How do they form? We’ll explore freezing and melting today as we investigate snow and ice. 

Wednesday: Animal Hide and Seek
Who is hiding in the snow? What animal evidence can we find? Today we’ll practice following and identifying animal tracks and explore camouflage, too! 

Thursday: Feathered Friends
Not all of our birds fly south for the winter! Today we’ll look for those that stick around (or come to) Maine and learn about how they adapt to the cold.  

Friday: Winter Wildlife
Who is sleeping under the snow? Who is active? After a special meet and greet with an animal ambassador, we’ll hit the trail to search for active animals and cozy winter homes.

 

 

Full Course

April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond

$50

with David Lamon

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 20, 2020 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 24, 2020

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

April 20-24 (5 days), 9 am–3 pm

Non-member: $50 per session.  Members: $40 per session. Scholarship assistance available.

Students, grades 2–5

Looking for something to do over school vacation week?  Maine Audubon April vacation camp is an opportunity for children in grades 2–5 to learn about wildlife through hands-on activities and outdoor adventure. Our daily schedule includes time for art, hiking, science, games, and stories.  Each day will have a different theme and include topics about animal adaptations, science, and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

K-5 April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm

$75

with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 20, 2020 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 24, 2020

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

Sign up for individual days or all week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

Ages: For campers currently in grades K-5

Each day we will explore the landscape of Gilsland Farm, learn together about a daily wildlife theme, make connections with a story at lunch, enjoy free play, and wrap-up with an activity or craft tying into that day's topic.

 

Daily Camp themes

Spring Birds - Monday, April 20th, 2020

As some of our birds begin their migratory return to Maine, we’ll introduce and practice skills for spotting & ID’ing feathered friends around Gilsland Farm. 

Tracking - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 

Who’s been here? Although it can be tricky to spot wildlife, paying attention to the clues they leave behind often leads you on their path. We’ll work together the look for signs of animal life - scat, tracks, territorial markings, homes - and see what we can learn from following our wild neighbors! 

Earth Day! - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

While we celebrate Earth everyday at Maine Audubon, this is an extra special chance to show appreciation for the amazing planet we call home! Through art, games, and fun we’ll commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day together. 

Pond Explorers - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

The pond at Gilsland Farm holds so many mysteries just waiting to be discovered! We’ll spend our day looking and listening around it’s banks for wetland birds and freshly-awakening pond life. Come see what’s going on down at the pond! 

Animal Actions - Friday, April 24th, 2020

On the last day of April camp, we’ll enjoy a Live Animal Show (10:30-11:30 am) put on by the Center for Wildlife and their animal ambassadors. We’ll end our day together figuring out ways we can each help Maine’s wildlife through the coming seasons.

Cancellation Policy

Preschool April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm

$60

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 20, 2020 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 24, 2020

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 winter 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 Frequestly Asked Questions (pdf)

Monday: Who needs a habitat?
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. 

Tuesday: Nature Art
We’ll practice observation and naturalist skills today as we use natural objects to inspire and create art both inside and outside! 

Wednesday: Earth Day
Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! We’ll celebrate and show our gratitude for the earth with a special stewardship project.

Thursday: Springtime Birds
Birds are migrating back to Maine, and even those that stayed the winter are becoming more vocal. We will practice making and identifying bird calls, and will look and listen for birds around Gilsland Farm. 

Friday: Pond Investigations
Now that the ice has melted, we will visit the pond to look, listen, and scoop for creatures! Along the way, we’ll learn about the life cycles of different pond creatures.

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

$285

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jun 15, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week
4 additional sessions through Aug 17, 2020

*Registration opens February 15!*

Member: $228 Nonmember: $285
Ages 3-5
9am-1pm
Location: Gilsland Farm

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 15-19: Naturalists in Training
How do naturalists explore their surroundings? What tools do scientists use to study nature? Wonder will abound this week as we take in all that Gilsland Farm has to offer. 

June 29-July 3: Bugs!
Whether they have six legs, eight legs, or no legs at all, this week is all about the creatures we call “bugs!” We’ll look high, low (and even underwater) for bugs to observe, and will learn about the important ecological roles they play in the habitats around us. 

July 13-17: Growing Like Me
What do caterpillars and tadpoles have in common? How can you tell how old a turtle is? We’ll explore many habitats this week to see plant and animal life cycles in action!

August 3-7: Things with Wings
Have you ever wished you could fly? This week we will turn our attention skyward for a closer look at birds, bats, butterflies, bees, and moths! 

August 17-21: Animal Families
What is life like for a piping plover chick? How many sisters does a honeybee have? This week we’ll learn that animal families come in all shapes and sizes! 

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 22, 2020 at 9 am
7 additional sessions through Aug 17, 2020

*REGISTRATION OPENS 2/15*

 

Member $315/Non-member $390

Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary

For Campers entering Grades 1-5

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).

Summer camp registration will open on Feb. 15, 2020.

June 22-26: Amazing Adaptations 

How do animals do what they do?! This week we will learn about the amazing ways animals use their physical and behavioral adaptations to survive in the wild. We’ll even venture out on a field trip to see what adaptations abound in the tidepools along our coast.

June 29-July 3: Wildlife Wonders

Here in Maine we are lucky to live alongside so many wild neighbors. We will spend this week investigating the critters who also call this state home, including taking a trip to visit the Maine Wildlife Park.

July 6-10: Nature Art 

Nature offers countless opportunities to create art! The natural world can be our drawing implements, our blank canvas, our studio, and even our paint! What art can we make with the beauty of Gilsland Farm to inspire us? A visit from a local nature-artist will offer guidance as we develop our own nature art styles. 

July 13-17: Bird Bonanza

Birding is a great way to cue into the wildlife around us! By visiting various habitats here on site, and even joining our Shorebird Conservation Crew for a day in the field, we’ll see how many types and species we can spot together. 

July 27-31: Homes & Habitats 

Where does wildlife go? How do they get there? What do they need and how can we help? This week we’ll look into how animals use various habitats, where humans sometimes present problems, and most importantly, what we can do to help Maine’s wildlife thrive!

August 3-7: “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 10-14: Impressive Insects 

This week we’ll study our six-legged friends by observing and following these critters around Gilsland Farm. We’ll see how impressive insects really are! Thursday evening campers and families will be invited back to camp after hours to learn about those insects that come out for the night-shift.

August 17-21: Forest Fun

Join us for a week of forest fun to end the summer! The forest is an action-packed habitat, with so much to offer wildlife in terms of food, homes, and protection. We’ll unlock the mysteries of the forest, and take a field trip to compare the forests of Gilsland Farm to another in our area.

 

 





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