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Birding by Ear

$15

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 22, 2019 at 7 pm

Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15

Being able to identify birds by their songs literally adds a new dimension to your birding. In this evening program, Maine Audubon's Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will present tools and techniques for learning bird song. New this year, the program will also cover basics of recording and visualizing bird songs with spectrograms.

Family Fun at Gilsland Farm

$150

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Mar 26, 2019 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks
1 additional session on Mar 26, 2019

Weekly on Tuesdays
9-weeks/session, no class 4/16

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)

Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Deb Cook

$15
Calendar Next session starts May 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Members: $10/class, Nonmembers: $15/class

Location: Gilsland Farm

Join Deb Cook for the return of longer days, springtime energies, and Monday Night Yoga. Beginning Monday, March 25, Deb will lead a weekly class blend of Meditation, Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra/Deep Relaxation as we tune in to the emergence of spring. This popular class is open to all levels, no experience and all experience is welcome.  

Class begins at 5:15pm with a 10-minute guided meditation to cultivate relaxation and awareness. This is followed by a mix of gentle yoga and ends with a Yoga Nidra (a guided relaxation that relaxes and restores core energy). Participants can come for the full 75 minutes or arrive at 5:30 as schedules allow.

Deb is a Kripalu-certified Yoga Teacher and Kripalu-certified Yoga Nidra Guide, and has been leading meditation and yoga classes and retreats at beautiful nature-based locations in Maine for 20 years.  Please bring your own mat and any props you may like to use in your practice. Feel free to contact Deb for more information at liveyourpractice@gmail.com.

To become a member and save 33%, please click here.

 

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)
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Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)

$390

with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next session starts Jun 24, 2019 at 9 am
6 additional sessions through Aug 19, 2019

Member $315/Non-member $390

Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary

For Campers entering Grades 1-5

Register Today!

Our K-5 campers spend their days engaged in hands-on science, open-ended exploration and discovery, and activities designed to foster stewardship and build connection to the natural world--all while developing friendships, building community, and having fun!

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).

June 24-28 Wild about Wildlife 
Explore Maine’s incredible biodiversity this week as we learn about animals of all shapes and sizes. We’ll get to know the creatures that call Gilsland Farm home and get up close and personal with some favorite creatures at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

July 8-12 Animal Adaptations
From a the sharp talons of an owl to the stinky spray of a skunk, this week is all about the adaptations that help animals to survive and thrive. We’ll also see intertidal creatures in action during an exciting trip to the tide pools at Kettle Cove!

July 15-19 Avian Adventures
With binoculars around our necks and field guides in hand, we’ll practice identifying local birds while also learning about their behavior, preferred habitat, and diet. Maine Audubon’s team of shorebird biologists will provide expert guidance during a day of birding the beach.

July 22-26 Habitat Connections
Why did the turtle cross the road? This week we’ll explore how and why animals travel to new habitats, and how people can help them do so by engineering road crossings and visiting a local stream to learn how wildlife benefit from unobstructed waterways.

August 5-9 Incredible Insects
Insects are the coolest things on six legs! This week we’ll observe, capture, and identify insects while exploring their role in the ecosystem. Join us for an optional family evening event focused on moths and other insects that are active at dusk.

August 12-16 “Bringing Nature Home” 
We can all make a difference for wildlife by planting native plants! We’ll get to know some favorite species, explore the many ways plants support insects, birds, and other wildlife, and participate in an ongoing habitat restoration project.

August 19-23 Fantastic Forests 
Who lives in forest and where? From the forest floor to the canopy, we’ll explore this special habitat to learn how the wildlife that live there are interconnected. We’ll delve into the secrets of a different forest habitat with visit to Maine Audubon’s Mast Landing sanctuary in Freeport.

 

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

$345

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jun 24, 2019 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Aug 19, 2019

Members: $276, Nonmembers: $345

9am-3pm

Ages 4-5

Location: Gilsland Farm

Register Today!

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. 

Preschool Camp Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

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 24-28 Habitat Heroes
We’ll flex our stewardship superpowers this week as we learn about native plants and habitat restoration, as well as ways that we can help wildlife at home.

July 15-19 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.

August 5-9: Pollinator Patrol
Why do plants need pollinators and how do they attract them? This week we will celebrate pollinators of all shape and sizes while learning what we can do to help them.

August 19-23: Biodiversity Bonanza
Mammals, birds, and amphibians, oh my! We’ll explore how different types of animal protect themselves, find food, and care for their young.

 

Little Big Day

$60

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 21, 2019 at 7 am

Members: $50, Nonmembers: $60

Join Maine Audubon's Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a fast-paced half-day birding by van trip around southern Maine to see as many species as possible! We'll cover a diverse array of habitats at peak times of the day to maximize the number of species we can see. 

We recommend bringing snacks and/or a light lunch, and plenty of water. We'll make plenty of restroom stops. ;)

Native Plants Sale & Festival
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Native Plants Sale & Festival

Free
Calendar Next session starts Jun 15, 2019 at 10 am

Join us for our fourth annual retail plants sale designed to help gardeners and homeowners integrate native species in yards, gardens and even containers.  We work with state and regional vendors to source material that is naturally propagated and easily adaptable to a variety of landscape uses.  In addition to the festive atmosphere, numerous experts and resources will be on hand to help both new and experienced gardeners and growers select plants and improve their habitats.

Featuring:

  • Over 40 species of potted native wildflowers, shrubs and trees 
  • Information tables featuring partners and experts
  • Educational workshops and expert advice
  • Kids activities, food trucks, and more!

The annual Plants Sale & Festival is the signature program of Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” community engagement and native plant restoration initiative.  The initiative is based on the best-selling book of that title by entomologist Doug Tallamy, and is funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.

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!

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