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Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
Join instructors, Cami Wilbert and Linda Woodard for this exciting professional development opportunity. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice and dive deeply into the Project WET Curriculum and Activities.
The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from K-12 the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.
The Guide is correlated to national education standards including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards.
In addition to the Curriculum Guide, participants will be given access to online resources including:
What do educators say?
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is great tool for teaching: science technology, engineering and math (STEM) language arts social studies fine arts music physical education social studies and more...
Walking on Wabanaki Land
Maine Audubon recognizes and honors the traditions of Maine’s native people who are the original protectors of the land. This collaborative event between Nibezun and Maine Audubon is a way in which the people of the Wabanaki Confederacy tell stories of their profound connection with the earth and the living things in it through music, art, and craft.
John Bear Mitchell (Penobscot) will tell stories through dance and drums at 11:00 am
Hawk Henries (Nipmuc) will offer flutes and music that remind us of the gifts that Life has to offer at 1:00.
Hawk Henries will also be offering flute making demonstrations from 10-12:30 and 2 - 3.
Ann Pollard Ranco (Penobscot) will share her beautiful native art and crafts from 10 - 3
Passamaquoddy Maple will be making delicious maple candy from 10 - 3. Come get a sample!
For more information about Nibezun and the tremendous work they do, please see: www.nibezun.org
Family Fun at Gilsland Farm
with Molly Woodring
Weekly on Wednesdays, no class 4/22
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)
Speaker Series: The History & Future of Maine's Ash Trees
with Suzanne Greenlaw
Join University of Maine researcher and member of the Houlton Band of Maliseets Nation, Suzanne Greenlaw as she combines Western science and Wabanaki ecological knowledge to study and address the various threats to Maine's iconic Brown Ash.
Native Plants Symposium
This full-day conference brings together the horticulture and conservation sectors to explore and promote the role of landscaper and nursery professionals in restoring ecological and other benefits, especially within Maine's developed landscapes.
This event is part of Maine Audubon's "Bringing Nature Home" initiative, based on the best-selling book of that title by Doug Tallamy.
Learning Bird Language: Step into a Bird's World
with Dan Gardoqui
Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Are you curious about the lives of the birds around you? Have you ever wondered what they eat, where they rest at night or what they’re saying? This half-day field workshop is not a field identification walk - instead, it's a chance to slow down and connect with birds on a deeper level by building empathy & understanding. Designed for everyone - from novice to expert - Learning Bird Language is a refreshing take on connecting with birds.
The program is led by international Bird Language expert Dan Gardoqui. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature and has been teaching about birds & nature connection for over 25 years. He is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.
Growing Up WILD
with Linda Woodard
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $23, Nonmembers $25
This in-depth 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators.
Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.
- Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:
- Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
- Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units.
- Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music, health and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections.
- Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
- Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
- Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains
K-5 April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm
with Catherine Griset
Member price $60 per day, Non-member price $75 per day
Sign up for individual days or all week!
Location: Gilsland Farm
Ages: For campers currently in grades K-5
Each day we will explore the landscape of Gilsland Farm, learn together about a daily wildlife theme, make connections with a story at lunch, enjoy free play, and wrap-up with an activity or craft tying into that day's topic.
Daily Camp themes
Spring Birds - Monday, April 20th, 2020
As some of our birds begin their migratory return to Maine, we’ll introduce and practice skills for spotting & ID’ing feathered friends around Gilsland Farm.
Tracking - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
Who’s been here? Although it can be tricky to spot wildlife, paying attention to the clues they leave behind often leads you on their path. We’ll work together the look for signs of animal life - scat, tracks, territorial markings, homes - and see what we can learn from following our wild neighbors!
Earth Day! - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
While we celebrate Earth everyday at Maine Audubon, this is an extra special chance to show appreciation for the amazing planet we call home! Through art, games, and fun we’ll commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day together.
Pond Explorers - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
The pond at Gilsland Farm holds so many mysteries just waiting to be discovered! We’ll spend our day looking and listening around it’s banks for wetland birds and freshly-awakening pond life. Come see what’s going on down at the pond!
Animal Actions - Friday, April 24th, 2020
On the last day of April camp, we’ll enjoy a Live Animal Show (10:30-11:30 am) put on by the Center for Wildlife and their animal ambassadors. We’ll end our day together figuring out ways we can each help Maine’s wildlife through the coming seasons.