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Family Fun at Fields Pond – Spring


with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts Apr 25, 2019 at 9:30 am
5 additional sessions through May 30, 2019

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Members; $10, Nonmembers: $14

9:30–10:30 am

Weekly on Thursdays. 6-weeks/session for children ages 2-5.

Drop-ins are welcome if we have room: $10/session for Members, and $14/session for Nonmembers

Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings. 

Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

Siblings under 2 free 

Fields Pond Salmon Festival
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Fields Pond Salmon Festival

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Calendar Next session starts May 4, 2019 at 11 am

Join us as we celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, and the restoration of the historic Penobscot River watershed.  Thanks to these efforts, it is again possible for endangered Atlantic salmon to migrate to and spawn in Fields Pond.  

Grown-ups and children are invited to visit our live salmon before they are released, and to enjoy activities, refreshments, and education related to salmon and their direct links to inland Maine's forests and people.

The growing list of activities includes:

  • Live baby salmon (to be released into the wild this spring)
  • Games & activities
  • Guided nature walks
  • Information tables
  • Refreshments


Guided Nature Walks at Fields Pond


with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts Apr 26, 2019 at 8:30 am
5 additional sessions through May 31, 2019

Join us on Friday morning's this spring for an easy walk along the Sanctuary trails at Fields Pond.  We'll be sure to see plenty of birds, so bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outdoors.  We'll meet at the kiosk in front of the Nature Center.  Walks typically last 1&1/2 hours.  Free for Members.

Maine’s Great Migration


with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts May 6, 2019 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Member: $8, Non-Members: $10

Each spring millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn.  Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife.  Join Maine Audubon’s David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events.   We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways.

Photo via Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program

Spring Nature Journaling ~ Birds!


with Andrea Lani

Calendar Next session starts Apr 27, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Member: $30, Non Member: $40

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

10 am-2 pm

In this workshop we'll use our nature journals to learn more about the birds that populate our fields and forests.  Maine Master Naturalist, Andrea Lani, will lead participants through a variety of nature journaling techniques—from field sketching to detailed drawings, note-taking to poetry-writing—that will help you become acquainted with our feathered friends. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced journal keepers. We'll start with an introduction to nature journaling during which participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques designed to help even the most reluctant artist overcome their fears. From there we'll explore a different aspect of the natural world using a variety of journaling techniques specific to bird-watching.

NOTE: We will spend time both outdoors and inside, so please dress accordingly. Bring a blank book, notebook, or journal and your preferred writing and drawing tools (a # 2 pencil is sufficient, but a drawing pen and colored pencils are welcome, if desired), and something to sit on outdoors (lightweight camp chair, sit mat, extra jacket, etc.). If you have binoculars and/or a field guide to birds, please bring them as well.

Woodcock Watch


with Lynn Havsall

Calendar Next session starts Apr 26, 2019 at 7 pm

Member: $8, Non-member: $10

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Learn about the wonders of the American Woodcock in a presentation revealing secrets of our weirdest shorebird. After the program we will check out the fields around Fields Pond to experience one of spring's delights— the dazzling displays of courting woodcocks!  Hear the “peents” and twittering of the wings while watching the amazing spiral sky dance.  Dress warm and bring binoculars.

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