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Daily Guided Canoe Tour - Reservations Required
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Daily Guided Canoe Tour - Reservations Required

Calendar Current session started Jul 1, 2020 at 10 am

We are offering daily guided canoe tours by reservation only.  Please call 207-883-5100

This schedule could change at any point due to COVID-19 circumstances.

Members $11, Nonmembers $13
Children $10

Experience the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Paddling through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichogs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.

This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers. 

We strongly encourage visitors to bring their own life jackets. We will have a small number available for purchase.

If you have questions, you can e-mail or call 207-883-5100.

Chickadee Club

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 15, 2020

Calling all children ages 3-8 and their families! You are invited to become a founding member of the Maine Audubon Chickadee Club, a monthly subscription program for young adventurers. There are two ways to join:

Digital club members pay just $5/month for access to downloadable, printable activities, art prompts, templates, and more. Print as many copies as you need to explore all of your favorite outdoor spaces!

Opt in to the Gilsland Farm Flock for: 

  • A new activity kit to pick up at Gilsland Farm each month, chock full of the information, materials, and tools you’ll need for outdoor play and exploration, nature-inspired art, and more! 
  • Notifications of pop-up adventures you can do as a family at Gilsland Farm
  • Special opportunities to virtually interact with Maine Audubon educators and scientists 
  • Access to digital content so you can save and print more copies of favorite activities 

Cost: $30/month (Extra supplies for multiple children in the same household are available for $15/additional child per month.) 

How to sign up: Sign up anytime to access that month’s digital content. For Gilsland Farm Flock members, please see important dates below: 

July/August: Sign up by July 10 to receive an activity kit. Pickup will be July 15-17 at Gilsland Farm

August/September: Sign up by August 1 to receive an activity kit. Pickup will be August 12-14 at Gilsland Farm.

 Financial aid is available. If cost is prohibitive to your family's participation, please reach out to

Bird Monitoring July
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Bird Monitoring July

Calendar Next session starts Jul 25, 2020 at 9:30 am

Bird Monitoring at Scarborough Marsh

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.  Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak.  Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders.  We have been doing this survey for over 20 years.  All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.

Advanced registration appreciated but not required.  Call 207-883-5100 and press zero or e-mail

Stream Explorers Survey Training - Webinar Part 2

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 30, 2020 at 7 pm

This is Part 2 of a 3-part training. Please register for EACH training session you will be attending. (Parts 1 and 2 are webinars; Part 3 is optional in-person training.)

Date: Thursday, July 30th, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Location: Online via Zoom - Webinar link will be emailed day prior 

Do you like to explore?  Walk through streams?  Care about water quality?  If so, we have a wonderful new opportunity for you! The Lakes Environmental Association and the Portland Water District are teaming up with Maine Audubon and the Department of Environmental Protection to recruit community scientists that can help survey large aquatic insects (macroinvertebrates) in streams in the Sebago Lake area to help evaluate stream health.  All you need to do is attend two online training sessions on how to find and identify approximately 40 "Least and Most Wanted" aquatic insects that are indicators of stream health, and then visit 1-3 streams between August and October.  During your survey you will search for the Least and Most Wanted macroinvertebrates,  fill out a data form, and send it in later. 

We will provide training, equipment, maps of the survey streams, and data forms and instructions.  We recommend you conduct your surveys in pairs for safety reasons, but even in this pandemic time, that should be safe to do.

For more information, email or call 207-781-2330, ext. 219.


Stream Explorers Survey Training - Part 3
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Stream Explorers Survey Training - Part 3

Calendar Next session starts Aug 1, 2020 at 9:30 am

This is Part 3 of a 3-part training and is optional. (Parts 1 and 2 are online webinars and are required.)

Date: August 1, 9:30 am–3:30 pm

Location: Lakes Environmental Association's Maine Lake Science Center, Bridgton, ME

This optional in-person class is a follow-up to the webinars. Practice identifying live insects and honing your identification skills. Sessions will be limited to 1.5 hour time slots with a small number of volunteers at each slot.

To protect yourself and others, we strongly encourage all participants to wear masks.  All trainers will be wearing masks.

To register for a time slot please email or call 207-781-2330, ext. 219.

August Full Moon Canoe Tour
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August Full Moon Canoe Tour

Calendar Next session starts Aug 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm
2 additional sessions

To register Call 207-883-5100 Press O to reserve

Members $14, Nonmembers $16

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

Arrive no later than 7:00 pm

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

Family Night Hike
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Family Night Hike

Calendar Next session starts Aug 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Location: Scarborough Marsh

On this family-oriented hike, participants will use their senses to discover the night life at the marsh. We will try to find many different species of wildlife including a special night mammal, the bat. Participants will be able to use Wildlife Acoustics Echo Meters ( to detect them and may want to download the free smartphone app in advance. 


Advanced reservations are required.  Please call 207-883-5100.

Children's Nature Series: Nature Detectives
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Children's Nature Series: Nature Detectives

Calendar Next session starts Aug 13, 2020 at 10:30 am

Member $5, Nonmember $7

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Become a detective and discover the mysteries around us. Join in on a scavenger hunt, make your own nature notebook, and learn how to use the tools of the trade.

The Children’s Nature Series is designed and led by trained naturalists. Ages five and up.

Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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