Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Maine Audubon

Filter by Category



E.AAPubAdGF

in Program Code

Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat
Registration Unavailable

Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat

$800
Calendar Next session starts Sep 23, 2018

Instructors: Alan Bray (Art) & Kimberly Ridley (Writing)

Registration opening soon!

This inaugural retreat is part of a collaboration between Maine Audubon and Monson Arts. Taking place over four days in September at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, participants will engage in intensive study in either writing or art, gathering together for meals and staying in the sanctuary’s rustic, secluded lodges at the base of Borestone Mountain.

Meals will be provided. Information about scholarship opportunities is available for students and others upon request.

Monson Arts is a new artists' residency and arts workshop program being developed in Monson with the support of the Libra Foundation. Learn more at monsonarts.org.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

“Drawing/Painting at Borestone Mountain” with Alan Bray

The lodges on Borestone Mt. are a spectacular place, located in a bowl shaped depression, which holds three small ponds halfway to the top of the mountain. It is a place of great beauty and a profound silence from the everyday world. This workshop is open to any medium you prefer as long as you can carry it in your pack. There are no studios as such but ample room on the porches and of course on the mountain and the grounds. This will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a natural world that has been untouched for 100 years or more.

Alan Bray was born in 1946 in Waterville, Maine. He grew up in Monson, Maine, and attended the Art Institute of Boston, The University of Southern Maine, and earned a MA in Painting from The Villa Schiffanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Sangerville, Maine, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. http://www.alanbray.com/

 

“Wild Words: Nature Writing” with Kimberly Ridley

“We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility. I’ve come to think of writing as an act of reciprocity with the living land.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

How do we awaken to the wild world around us and find the words to share what we discover? How do we weave personal history and natural history into a greater whole to better understand ourselves and mend the rifts between humans and the rest of nature?

We will write our way into these questions as we observe and explore the Sanctuary’s forests, mountains, and ponds. Through the work of writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, we will examine craft and a range of styles and approaches to writing about nature. Generative writing exercises will provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of seeing and writing about nature and make new connections between our own stories and the wild world around us.

Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, naturalist, and former magazine editor whose essays and articles have appeared in Downeast Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world. A Maine native, Kimberly is the author of award-winning nature books for children. She lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, the painter Tom Curry. http://www.kimberlyridley.org

Gilsland Farm Wild Edibles Walk

$25

with Russ Cohen

Calendar Next session starts Jun 16, 2018 at 9 am

Members: $20, Nonmembers: $25

Southern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles expert and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a three-hour ramble through Gilsland Farm to learn about at least two dozen species of edible wild plants. Plants expected to be encountered will range from native edible species (i.e., species you might want to add to your landscape) to non-native weeds and invasive species (i.e., plants you would not want to add to your landscape, but nevertheless can offer abundant and tasty foraging opportunities).

Pending favorable weather conditions, several edible mushroom species may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species will be presented, along with information on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and ecologically-responsible foraging.

Intro to Native Plants for Your Landscape

$15

with Eric Topper

Calendar Next session starts Jun 12, 2018 at 7 pm

Come learn the basics of how to get started using native species of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees in your garden or yard.  Eric Topper, who helps lead Maine Audubon's "Bringing Nature Home" initiative will introduce some of the plants, practices, and perks of restoring ecology in developed landscapes.  

This program is designed specifically as a primer for Maine Audubon's Native Plants Sale & Festival on Saturday, June 16th.

Native Plant Walk: Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

$25

with Heather McCargo

Calendar Next session starts Jun 6, 2018 at 9:30 am

Members of Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project: $20
Nonmembers: $25

Come learn about the interesting native wildflowers, ferns, trees and understory shrubs that grow in this beautiful mature woodland overlooking the salt marsh with views to the Atlantic.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge -- Wells, Maine

Native Plants Walk: Portland's Eastern Promenade

$20

with Heather McCargo

Calendar Next session starts Jun 28, 2018 at 5 pm

Members of Maine Audubon or The Wild Seed Project: $16
Nonmembers: $20

The undeveloped parkland at the Eastern Promenade has a variety of native species intertwined with many exotic plants from other parts of the world. In this walk around the wilder edges of the Prom, we will explore the sex lives of plants and learn about the many ways to support pollinators in an urban environment. Meet at the Loring Memorial garden at the northwestern end of the park on Eastern Promenade street near the East End Community School.

SOLD OUT Speaker Series: Celebrate Rachel Carson with Dr. Sandra Steingraber

$15
Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2018 at 7 pm

Members $12, Nonmembers $15

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

In partnership with the Environmental Health Strategy Center, we are pleased to present “Celebrate Rachel Carson with Dr. Sandra Steingraber.”

Both women are recognized across the world as heroic role models and guides for environmental champions who ground their activism in science.

Sandra Steingraber is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor. Steingraber writes and lectures on the environmental factors that contribute to reproductive health problems and environmental links to cancer. 

During her search, Dr. Steingraber began to study Rachel Carson. “For my father, who served as a teenage soldier in Naples where the pesticide DDT was first deployed, Silent Springwas an antidote to wartime thinking....For me...Silent Spring was the reason I left the laboratory and became a science writer. Silent Spring was my father’s armistice. It was my call to arms.”

Dr. Steingraber calls Carson her “guiding spirit” and portrays herself as “laboring away in the vineyards that Rachel Carson planted, trying on a daily basis to find a language to talk with the public about various technical subjects.”

Dr. Steingraber will talk about Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and how they each influenced her own work in promoting a clean environment as key to public health.

There will be a book signing following the talk.

Full Course
Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
Registration Unavailable

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2018 at 7 am
1 additional session on May 31, 2018

Location: Gilsland Farm

May 10 & May 17: Join Doug for Free Warbler Walks at Evergreen Cemetery

Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.

A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
Registration Unavailable

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jun 7, 2018 at 7 am
12 additional sessions through Aug 30, 2018

Location: Gilsland Farm

Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.

A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237





Forgot password?