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Family Fun at Gilsland Farm

$150

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Sep 18, 2018 at 9:15 am, runs for 9 weeks
1 additional session on Sep 18, 2018

Weekly on Tuesdays
9-weeks/session

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. 

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)

$390

with Karen Arno

Calendar Next session starts Jul 16, 2018 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Aug 20, 2018

Member $315/Non-member $390

Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary

For Campers entering Grades 1-5

June 25-29, Animals Great and Small
Campers will learn about the variety of animals we have at Maine Audubon and how they survive.  This week will include a visit to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray and a visit from a biologist.

July 9-13, Aquatic Adventures
Ponds, oceans, marshes, and tidepools - we will explore it all!  Campers will get a close look at amazing tide pools with a exciting field trip to Kettle Cove.  

July 16-20, Emerging Ornithologists
Dive deep into bird anatomy, habitat choice, and food preference.  Working with Maine Audubon's team of shorebird biologists, we will learn how to use field guides and binoculars to identify local bird species. 

July 23-27, "Bringing Nature Home"
Campers will learn about the importance of native plants for insects, and how birds depend on insects to grow their families.  We will take a trip to Portland’s East End to conduct a habitat stewardship project.  

August 6-10, Nocturnal Navigation
During this day time session, we will discover what nocturnal creatures are roaming Gilsland Farm at night.  Campers will design experiments to learn who is here and what attracts them.  We will also host an optional family night time event focused on bats and moths!

August 13-17, Secrets of the Forest
From the forest floor to the treetop canopy, the forest holds many secrets.  Through exploration, a trip to Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary, and a visit from a guest biologist, campers will solve some of the fascinating mysteries of our forests.

August 20-24, Wildlife on the Move
Hop, skip, waddle or fly into our last week of camp as we observe how animals move - and how we can help.  This week will include a trip to a stream to learn how fish use unobstructed waterways as part of their lifecycle.  

Daily schedule: (subject to change based on weather and field trips)
-Morning meeting
-Movement
-Snack/Bathroom
-Scientific Exploration
-Lunch/Book/Bathroom
-Freeplay
-Options (craft, hike, etc.): low and medium energy activities to support each camper's needs
-Closing circle
-Check out


Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Saplings
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Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Saplings

$345

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jul 16, 2018 at 9 am
2 additional sessions through Aug 20, 2018

Members: $276, Nonmembers: $345

9am-3pm

Ages 4-5

Location: Gilsland Farm

Take a closer look at nature with full-day camps designed for a preschooler's pace! Each day includes indoor and outdoor play, plenty of hands-on exploration, art, music, and quiet rest time. 

Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email scholarships@maineaudubon.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).

Dates and themes:

June 25-29 Habitat Heroes
We’ll flex our stewardship superpowers this week as we learn about native plants and habitat restoration, practice citizen science, and how to help wildlife at home.

July 16-20 Water Wonders
What animals live in and around the water? We’ll observe and compare the pond and marsh this week as we turn our attention to what makes aquatic habitats unique.

August 6-10 On the Wing
Who hasn’t wished they could fly? This week we will turn our attention skyward for a closer look at birds, bats, bees, butterflies, and moths!

August 20-24 Earth Art
There is so much to discover at the intersection of science and art! This week we will experiment with different techniques and perspectives, all while creating our very own nature journals.

 

Moth Night!

Free

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jul 26, 2018 at 8 pm

Come celebrate National Moth Week at Gilsland Farm with a presentation by Fyn Kynd, a young Maine naturalist who has identified over 800 species of moths in his Searsmont backyard. After his talk we will spend time in the orchard where we'll attract and identify moths throughout the night. Come for as long as you'd like!

Oaks and Acorns Playgroup
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Oaks and Acorns Playgroup

$10

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jul 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm
6 additional sessions through Aug 30, 2018

Suggested donation: $10
Ages 2-5, maximum 3 children per adult

Location: Gilsland Farm

Thursdays 3:30-5 pm

Fun for families, with a new summer format!

Young children and their grown-ups are invited to stop by anytime during playgroup hours for self-guided play and discovery facilitated by Maine Audubon educators. Each week we will set up a variety of outdoor activity stations designed to foster a connection to nature and help children and adults find joy in learning together.

Speaker Series: Robin Kimmerer

$15
Calendar Next session starts Aug 9, 2018 at 7 pm

Author of best-selling Braiding Sweetgrass:  Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants will share the perspectives of a botanist and our native people as they relate to native New England plants.

Copies of Dr. Kimmerer's books will be available for sale and signing at our Nature Store that evening.

 

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jul 19, 2018 at 7 am
6 additional sessions through Aug 30, 2018

Location: Gilsland Farm

Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.

A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237





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