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Family Fun at Gilsland Farm

$150

with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Jan 8, 2020 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks
1 additional session on Jan 8, 2020

Weekly on Wednesdays, no class 2/19 
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. ($15/week for members, $20/week nonmembers)

Felted Bird Crafting Workshop

$45

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”.

Harvest Picnic and Paddle on Fields Pond

$10
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!  

Healthy Hikes at Fields Pond

Free
Calendar Next session starts Oct 1, 2019 at 4 pm
4 additional sessions through Oct 29, 2019

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Join neighbors and Maine Audubon Staff for a weekly brisk walk this fall season along one of our beautiful Fields Pond trails.  Bring appropriate footwear and meet at the Nature Center Headquarters.  

Maine Deer: Winter Weather Warriors

$8

with Nathan Bieber

Calendar Next session starts Nov 16, 2019 at 1 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members: Free, Nonmembers: $8

Learn about wintering deer in Maine and efforts by the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to monitor wintering deer. Learn in the field how winter severity is measured and see what gear is used to capture and collar deer.  See deer movement and mortality data gathered from the MDIFW deer collaring project.  Presenter is Nathan Bieber, Wildlife Biologist and Deer Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Mushrooms of Maine

$30

with David Spahr

Calendar Next session starts Oct 5, 2019 at 1 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members $20, Nonmembers $30

Join local favorite David Spahr as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase. Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity while outdoors. 

Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada.  Space is limited, pre-registration required.

Plants Out of Place: Ecology and Identification of Invasive Plants of Maine

$10

with Nancy Olmstead

Calendar Next session starts Oct 10, 2019 at 7 pm

Free for Members, Nonmembers $10
Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Invasive plants can over-run habitats, change soil ecology, reduce the abundance of food for beneficial insects, and be an eyesore on the landscape.  Come learn how these aggressive species got to Maine, which ones are of top concern, and what you can do to make a difference.  

Presenter:  Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Speaker Series:  Untrammeled -- The Case For Wild Nature in a Changing World
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Speaker Series: Untrammeled -- The Case For Wild Nature in a Changing World

$15

with Northeast Wilderness Trust

Calendar Next session starts Sep 17, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Gilsland Farm
Members $12, Nonmembers $15

Conserving land as "Forever Wild" is increasingly important as many organizations focus on lands' uses.  Northeast Wilderness Trust and other organizations are doing this work, including here in Maine.  Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson will make a lively presentation addressing the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation with a question and answer session to follow. 

This event co-sponsored by Northeast Wilderness Trust.

See speakers bios below:

Tom Butler is Vice President of Conservation Advocacy at the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He is a longtime conservation activist and writer who has concentrated primarily on wilderness and biodiversity. He is the former longtime editor of Wild Earth journal. His books include Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth, and ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. Tom was a founding board member, former president, and is a current member of the board of directors of Northeast Wilderness Trust.

Mark Anderson is Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy’s eastern U.S. region. Mark provides science leadership, ecological analysis, and landscape assessment tools for conservation efforts across eighteen states. His current research interests include ecological resilience, disturbance processes, geophysical landscape properties, and seafloor mapping. Mark joined the board of directors of Northeast Wilderness Trust in 2016.





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