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Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
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Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!

Free
Calendar Next session starts Apr 27, 2019 at 10 am

Join us on April 27 for a very special event!

Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!

Hosted in partnership with Maine Public as part of a project with PBS and the acclaimed Nature series, this day-long festival will feature something for everyone, including:

  • Live animal presentations in our Visitor Center
  • Bird and nature walks throughout the day
  • Presentations on citizen science projects and opportunities
  • Birdhouse construction demonstrations (leave with your own kit!)
  • Solar energy tours and information
  • Games, face painting, food trucks

Be a part of this exciting event! Admission is free, but parking is limited.

Nature Pottery
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Nature Pottery

$9
Calendar Next session starts Jul 16, 2019 at 10:30 am
1 additional session on Aug 13, 2019

Members $7, Nonmember $9

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.

Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

 

Night Hike & Bats!
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Night Hike & Bats!

$6
Calendar Next session starts Aug 1, 2019 at 8 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 (www.EchoMeterTouch.com) to detect them and may want to download the free smartphone app in advance. 

 

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

Picnic at the Pond

$8
Calendar Next session starts May 10, 2019 at 5 pm

Members $5, non-members $8 (optional boxed dinner available for an additional $12 each)

Location: Gilsland Farm

Don’t miss this special chance to visit Gilsland Farm at dusk as we explore a favorite aquatic ecosystem!

Schedule

5-6pm Family Picnic
We'll set the tables and put out picnic blankets for an al fresco dining experience! BYO food or reserve a boxed dinner while purchasing tickets.  Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams will perform some of his playful, funny songs about ecology and being green during this time, too! 

6-8pm Activities and Exploration
Scoop for and observe pond critters with Maine Audubon educators, learn about citizen science opportunities, join a bird walk around the pond, tackle a turtle obstacle course, and more!

 

Pollinator Parade and Festival
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Pollinator Parade and Festival

Free
Calendar Next session starts Jun 1, 2019 at 10 am

Free!

Location: Deering Oaks Park, Portland

Join Maine Audubon, Birth Roots, and Portland Rec for the 5th annual Pollinator Parade and Festival! We’re bringing this favorite event to Deering Oaks Park in Portland this year and hope you’ll come ready to learn, march with us while dressed as your favorite pollinator, and leave ready to take action.

Schedule:

10-11:30am Family Festival
Crafts, games, face painting, costume making, a pollinator scavenger hunt, and more!

11:30am-12pm Fifth Annual Pollinator Parade
We will march through Deering Oaks and the Farmers’ Market to show our support for pollinator habitat. Costumes encouraged!

12-1pm BYO Picnic
Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a BYO picnic. We encourage those who wish to buy food to visit the Farmers’ Market. Bring a picnic blanket and please be prepared to pack out any garbage.

Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh
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Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh

Free
Calendar Next session starts May 25, 2019 at 9 am

 The season opening weekend will be filled with fun and adventure!  We will have canoe and walking tours, nature crafts, used book and bake sale, demonstrations, exhibits, and more! Sunday we will have a free 7:30 bird walk. The weekend will be capped off with our Snowy Egret 5K road race.  

The event is free but there will be a cost for some tours.  For more information contact smac@maineaudubon.org or call 207-883-5100.

Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
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Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk

$20
Calendar Next session starts May 27, 2019 at 8:30 am

The 11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh and the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2019! 

Register at snowyegret5k.com!

$20 for Adults ($22 on the day of the race)
$5 for Kids Fun Run

The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine! 

Time

  • Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am  
  • 5K Run/Walk (ages 12+) starts at 9:00 am     

Location

Kids 1K Fun Run will start and end at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail.  5K Run/Walk will start at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and end at Peterson Field.     

Parking

All parking will be at Peterson Field located at 135 Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. There is a 1 mile walk from the parking area to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for the beginning of the race. Please leave enough time to get to the starting line.     

Directions to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Peterson Field

From the north via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 42, Scarborough, to Route 1 South. Turn left onto Route 9. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.  

From the south via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 to Route 1 North. Turn right onto Route 9. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.     

Entry Fees

  • 5K Run/Walk is $20 in advance or $22 on the day of the race.
  • Kids 1K Fun Run is $5 per registrant (12 and under)
  • There will be no refunds of registration fees unless the event is canceled by Maine Audubon.      

Registration and Number Pick-up

Advance registration, t-shirt, and bib number pick-up will take place at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 am-5 pm.     

Race day registration, bib number, and t-shirt pick-up will take place at Peterson Field.     

What to Bring
Water and appropriate gear for the weather. This race is rain or shine!        

T-shirts & Medals   

The first 100 adult registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All participants of the Kids 1K Fun Run will receive a medal.

 

Snowy Egret Day
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Snowy Egret Day

Free
Calendar Next session starts Aug 17, 2019 at 9 am

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Experience a day of family fun, including a canoe tour, nature crafts, used book sale, nature and bird walks and more. There will be special programs for children as well as displays and information.

A used book dealer has given us a large amount of nature books so our used book sale will be HUGE this year.  We will also have excellent art books donated from the estate of Father Paul Plante.  Come join us for this fun-filled day and celebrate all that Maine’s largest salt marsh has to offer! This event is held in conjunction with the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.

Fee for some programs.





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