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Children's Book Week Celebration
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Children's Book Week Celebration

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Calendar Next session starts May 5, 2018 at 10 am

Join Maine Audubon in celebrating Children's Book Week and Screen-Free Week! Throughout the day, we'll be offering:

  • A curated selection of children's books in the store
  • Special readings and storytimes with local authors and special guests*
  • Activities designed to pair reading and outdoor exploration
  • ...and more!

*Stay tuned! Schedule and more details coming soon.

Family Nature Night: Pond


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts May 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Child member: $16, Child non-member: $20
Ages 3-7; children under 3 free

Location: Gilsland Farm

Put on your pajamas and your hiking boots and join us for a special evening program for kids and their grownups. We will learn about the creatures of the pond at night!  Do they go to sleep when we go to sleep? Or do they take advantage of the dark and cool evenings? We hope to uncover this mystery by exploring our pond at dusk.  

5:30-6 pm Arrival and free play
Get settled and comfortable at an assortment of indoor activity stations.

6-6:30 pm Stories and songs
Welcome the dark with a large-group storytime.

6:30-7 pm Night hike
We’ll venture outside for a twilight adventure! For this portion, we’ll split into two groups to enjoy the unique opportunity to explore Gilsland Farm at night.

All children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 3 children per adult.

Cancellation Policy

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp (K-5)


with Karen Arno

Calendar Next session starts Jun 25, 2018 at 9 am
6 additional sessions through Aug 20, 2018

Member $315/Non-member $390

Location: Gilsland Farm Nature 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
-Scientific Exploration
-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 You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).

Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Saplings


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jun 25, 2018 at 9 am
3 additional sessions through Aug 20, 2018

Members: $276, Nonmembers: $345

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 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.


K-5 April Vacation Camp


with Karen Arno

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

Member price $60 per day, Non-member price $75 per day

Sign up for individual days or all week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

We will start our camp day with scientific exploration, make a connection with a book at lunch, have free play, and reconnect with an activity or craft tying into the theme of the day.

Daily Camp themes

Birds (Monday, April 16, 2018)

Learn about the many bird adaptations!  Where are they coming from, what type of nest will they build, what are they going to eat?  Campers will be active learning about bird migration and get creative thinking and acting like a bird.

Wildlife On The Move (Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

Fly, hop, crawl and waddle your way into camp where we will explore how iconic and endangered species move through nature.  Campers will learn what these species need and will be able to create special messages through movement and art.

"Bringing Nature Home" (Wednesday, April 18, 2018)

Campers will become biologists today as we study native plants and insects and how they help each other.  We will bring home potted seeds to help our communities and create art that can be displayed to help others to be mindful of insect and plant relationships.

Wetland Explorations (Thursday, April 19, 2018)

Insects, amphibians, birds, mammals and more are some of the things we may spot on our journeys to the pond and marsh.  Net and capture some of the critters with us to study them up close!

Earth Celebration (Friday, April 20, 2018)

Today we will celebrate the Earth by learning about bats during our Live Animal Show (10:30-11:30)  provided by the Center for Wildlife!  We will finish our day with an exploration in nature and Earth art.  

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Live Animal Show: Bats!


with Karen Arno

Calendar Next session starts Apr 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

Adult Member: $10, Adult Nonmember: $15

Member Child: $5, Nonmember Child: $10 

Location: Gilsland Farm

 Join Maine Audubon and our friends at Center for Wildlife as we get an up close look at fascinating species of bats. With the live animals and interactive discussion, we’ll learn more about these animals up close, and explore our connection to them.  

Please note: This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older. Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people. Thank you!

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Pollinator Parade & Festival
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Pollinator Parade & Festival

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Calendar Next session starts May 19, 2018 at 10 am

Free ($5/car to park)

Location: Gisland Farm

Join Maine Audubon and Birth Roots for our 4th annual pollination celebration! Come ready to learn and dressed as your favorite pollinator, and leave ready to take action.


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

11:30am – 12pm Fourth Annual Pollinator Parade
We will march through Gilsland Farm to celebrate spring and to show our support for pollinator habitat. Costumes encouraged!

12 – 1pm BYO Picnic
Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a BYO picnic on the grounds. Picnic tables are limited, so bring a picnic blanket and please be prepared to pack out any garbage.

Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park. Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!

Preschool April Vacation Camp


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Apr 16, 2018
4 additional sessions through Apr 20, 2018

Member: $48 per day, Nonmember: $60 per day
Register for single days or the whole week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

A chance for children ages 3-5 to learn about habitat and stewardship through play and outdoor adventure. Each half-day session includes time for art, hiking, free play, games, stories, and songs.

Monday: Habitat Heroes
What is a wildlife sanctuary? How can people help provide and protect habitat for wildlife? We’ll look high and low to figure out how animals find food, water, and shelter at Gilsland Farm.

Tuesday: Habitat at Home
How do plants grow? Why are they important for wildlife? We’ll plant seeds to take home and learn about some of the native plants that support wildlife.

Wednesday: Food Chains
How are predators and prey connected? Where do plants get their energy? We’ll explore a special habitat at Gilsland Farm and try to figure out who is eating who.

Thursday: Wildlife on the Move
Where were bats all winter? Why did the turtle cross the road? We’ll explore why and how animals move in the springtime.

Friday: Earth Day
We’ll kick of Earth Day weekend with a celebration of stewardship and a special live animal show with the Center for Wildlife.

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