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Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)


with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 22, 2020 at 9 am
7 additional sessions through Aug 17, 2020

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 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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