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Nature Pottery
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Nature Pottery

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


Nature Sketching by Canoe


with Sally Powers

Calendar Next session starts Aug 8, 2019 at 1 pm

This guided canoe tour will give artists of all ages a unique opportunity to practice nature sketching.

Night Hike & Bats!
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Night Hike & Bats!

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 ( to detect them and may want to download the free smartphone app in advance. 


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

Nonesuch River Brewing Fundraiser
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Nonesuch River Brewing Fundraiser

Calendar Next session starts May 21, 2019 at 4 pm

Fundraiser for the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center at Nonesuch River Brewing, 201 Gorham Rd, Scarborough.

Join the Celebration!  Enjoy a wonderful meal, great music by Shanna Underwood, discounts, door prizes and more.  A portion of all the sales goes to the center.  Just tell your server you are there with the Nature Center.

Sign-up for the Snowy Egret 5K race and pick up your T-shirt and Bib. 

May 21, 4:00-9:00pm

Check out Nonesuch River Brewing.

Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social Member Celebration
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Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social Member Celebration

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Calendar Next session starts Jun 19, 2019 at 4 pm

We're celebrating YOU, our members with our Annual Peony Day Celebration.  

This fun annual party is just for Maine Audubon members. Bring your membership card (or we can check your name at the entrance). New members can join and walk right in, too!

Come celebrate our amazing community with ice cream, art, live music -- and of course the iconic peonies of Gilsland Farm. See you there!

Not a Member yet?  Join today!

Picnic at the Pond - POSTPONED to June 7

Calendar Next session starts Jun 7, 2019 at 5 pm

This event has been postponed to June 7 due to rain.

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!


5-6pm Family Picnic and Concert!
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 community science opportunities, join a bird walk around the pond, tackle a turtle obstacle course, and more!

Boxed Dinner from Leavitt & Sons includes:

1 wrap sandwich (3 options)

  • Roast Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato 
  • Turkey, Muenster, Lettuce, Tomato 
  • Caprese: Mozzarella, Tomato, Balsamic and fresh Basil
  • A beverage (bring your own container for lemonade or water)
  • chips
  • a cookie or brownie

(A Gluten Free wrap is available at no extra charge)

Pollinator Parade and Festival
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Pollinator Parade and Festival

Calendar Next session starts Jun 1, 2019 at 10 am


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.


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

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 or call 207-883-5100.

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