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Autumn Equinox at the Audubon
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Autumn Equinox at the Audubon

Calendar Next session starts Sep 19, 2019 at 5 pm

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Join us, Thursday, September 19th from 5:00 - 7:30pm for an Autumn Equinox celebration to benefit Maine Audubon at Gilsland Farm!

Portside Real Estate Group is delighted to present the 3rd Annual Autumn Equinox at the Audubon featuring live music, delicious bites from local food trucks, and local brews amid Maine Audubon’s rolling meadows and beautiful sanctuary.

As summer officially comes to an end, please join us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox and the beginning of a new season. Can you imagine a more desirable place to gather than at the Maine Audubon?

Your Autumn Equinox at the Audubon ticket purchase is an important part of community fundraising to support the Maine Audubon. Each ticket will include one drink voucher, yummy bites (yes, including food trucks!), live music, lawn games and walking tours of the Audubon.

This is a family friendly event!

Portside Real Estate Group’s Give Back Mission:
We are an agency dedicated to giving back to our community through hosted fundraiser events that directly benefit four local non-profits, donating over $50,000 each year. Learn more here

About Maine Audubon:
Mission: Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, and action.

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Harvest Picnic and Paddle on Fields Pond

Calendar Next session starts Sep 21, 2019 at 4 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members $8, Nonmember $10

Pack a picnic dinner and head out onto Fields Pond to enjoy the final days of summer.  Your journey will include an exclusive reservation; dining at our island oasis on Fields Pond!  Space is limited!  

The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon
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The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon

Calendar Next session starts Sep 28, 2019

The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon features 70+ artists and craftspeople, food trucks, demonstrations, activities and more! Click here to see the full list of artisans who will be at the craft show.

Saturday, September 28, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, September 29, 11 am - 4 pm

Apple Day Family Festival
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Apple Day Family Festival

Calendar Next session starts Oct 5, 2019 at 10 am

Maine Audubon Members Free!

Nonmember $7 each for adults and children over age 3.

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Become a member! Get your whole family in for free!

Join us for a "bushel" of fun at the 32nd Annual Apple Day Celebration! It’s packed full of fall fun with games, workshops, cider-making and other "a-peeling" activities. Join us in our historic apple orchard to learn about bees and pollinators and why wildlife habitat is at the "core" of our mission!

We "picked" out a few highlights of the day:

Cider Press

Apple Toss

Scavenger Hunt


Face painting

Music by the "Sea Slugs"

Thank you to L.L. Bean and Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchard for their support of Apple Day.


Fall Foliage 5k Fun Run at Fields Pond

Calendar Next session starts Oct 12, 2019 at 9 am

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Join us for our first annual Fields Pond 5k nature run/walk!  The course will take you up through our trails and down scenic roads for the perfect foliage tour.  Call 989-2591 for more details.

Felted Bird Crafting Workshop


with Heidi Boyd

Calendar Next session starts Oct 12, 2019 at 1 pm

Location Gilsland Farm

Price: $45, Member Price: $40

Hand- stitch a bright Cardinal for your tree or window with local professional crafter Heidi Boyd. In this workshop you will cut pattern pieces out of wool felt and learn how to sew them into a charming flying bird. You’ll also take home the supplies to make the companion Bluejay and Goldfinch. When finished each bird measures 5″ L, 3.5” H, and 1” W. All levels of experience are welcome!

Children 8+ are welcome but must have an adult chaperone.

There will also be a trunk show from Heidi’s Brunswick studio. You can purchase other kits and projects! These make GREAT gifts! Kits will be available for sale in the Nature Store as well after the event through Holiday 2019!

Heidi Boyd is the author of 15 craft books and licenses her artwork for fabric and machine embroidery. Her crafts have been featured in national publications and she’s appeared on HGTV. Heidi’s motto is “sewing smiles one stitch at a time”.

Family Fun at Gilsland Farm


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Oct 16, 2019 at 9:30 am, runs for 9 weeks
1 additional session on Oct 16, 2019

Weekly on Wednesdays (new day!)

Child members: $120
Child non-members: $150
Ages 2-5, siblings under 2 free
Location: Gilsland Farm

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. ($15/week for members, $20/week nonmembers)

Fall Stewardship Day at Fields Pond

Calendar Next session starts Oct 19, 2019 at 9 am

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Join the Fields Pond Staff for a morning of stewardship activities focused on improving our trails and public spaces. Bring work gloves and sturdy footwear.  Snacks provided!

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