Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Maine Audubon

Program Code

What's a One Health Approach to Common Loon Conservation?

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Location: Gilsland Farm

Members $5, Nonmembers $7

The concept of One Health recognizes that human, environmental, and animal health are all connected. Mark Pokras, DVM, and Brooke Hafford MacDonald, MS, will explore the concept of common loons as a “sentinel species” for evaluating the health of our aquatic environments. This talk will discuss current and future studies, and implications for conservation. This will be an interactive presentation that will encourage active audience discussion.

Mark Pokras is Associate Professor Emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. Brooke Hafford MacDonald is the LakeSmart Program Manager for Maine Lakes Society and a Contract Biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Speaker Series: The History & Future of Maine's Ash Trees


with Suzanne Greenlaw

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 9, 2020 at 7 pm

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

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 10, 2020 at 9 am

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

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2020 at 7 am

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

Calendar Next session starts Apr 11, 2020 at 8:45 am

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


Full Course

April Vacation Camp at Fields Pond


with David Lamon

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 20, 2020 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 24, 2020

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

April 20-24 (5 days), 9 am–3 pm

Non-member: $50 per session.  Members: $40 per session. Scholarship assistance available.

Students, grades 2–5

Looking for something to do over school vacation week?  Maine Audubon April vacation camp is an opportunity for children in grades 2–5 to learn about wildlife through hands-on activities and outdoor adventure. Our daily schedule includes time for art, hiking, science, games, and stories.  Each day will have a different theme and include topics about animal adaptations, science, and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

K-5 April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm


with Catherine Griset

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 20, 2020 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 24, 2020

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.

Cancellation Policy

Preschool April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Next session starts Apr 20, 2020 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Apr 24, 2020

Register for single days or the whole week!

Location: Gilsland Farm

Ages 3-5

Our half-day (9am-1pm) preschool camps are an opportunity for children ages 3-5 to learn about winter wildlife through play and outdoor adventure. Our daily schedule includes time for art, hiking, free play, games, stories, and songs.

Partial scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance. Please call 207-781-2330 x.273 or email You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf). 

Preschool Camp Frequestly Asked Questions (pdf)

Monday: Who needs a habitat?
What do plants and animals need to survive? How can people protect and provide habitat for wildlife? We’ll explore some special habitats and Gilsland Farm and plant seeds to take home. 

Tuesday: Nature Art
We’ll practice observation and naturalist skills today as we use natural objects to inspire and create art both inside and outside! 

Wednesday: Earth Day
Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! We’ll celebrate and show our gratitude for the earth with a special stewardship project.

Thursday: Springtime Birds
Birds are migrating back to Maine, and even those that stayed the winter are becoming more vocal. We will practice making and identifying bird calls, and will look and listen for birds around Gilsland Farm. 

Friday: Pond Investigations
Now that the ice has melted, we will visit the pond to look, listen, and scoop for creatures! Along the way, we’ll learn about the life cycles of different pond creatures.

Full Course

Forgot password?