Gilsland Farm Audubon Center

Falmouth, Maine

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Five minutes from downtown Portland, this year-round sanctuary offers a variety of habitats, gentle trails, and an indoor nature center. Year-round exploration is easy at Gilsland Farm, home to Maine Audubon’s headquarters, located just a few minutes from downtown Portland. Upon arrival, it’s hard to choose where to start: both the modern Audubon Center and the trails beckon, and both are worth a visit. Begin your journey at the center, open seven days a week, to learn more about the property, its history and trails, and the nature-related exhibits on display. Kids will likely beeline for the Children’s Discovery Room, where they can observe live turtles, play with eco-themed puzzles and games, and try their eyes at bird-watching through kid-friendly binoculars out the huge windows facing multiple bird-feeding stations. Adjacent to this room are the reading library and conference room, which contain a large collection of mounted specimens of Maine birds and mammals, including several extinct species. If children venture into this area, make sure an adult is supervising.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Five minutes from downtown Portland, this year-round sanctuary offers a variety of habitats, gentle trails, and an indoor nature center. Year-round exploration is easy at Gilsland Farm, home to Maine Audubon’s headquarters, located just a few minutes from downtown Portland. Upon arrival, it’s hard to choose where to start: both the modern Audubon Center and the trails beckon, and both are worth a visit. Begin your journey at the center, open seven days a week, to learn more about the property, its history and trails, and the nature-related exhibits on display.

Kids will likely beeline for the Children’s Discovery Room, where they can observe live turtles, play with eco-themed puzzles and games, and try their eyes at bird-watching through kid-friendly binoculars out the huge windows facing multiple bird-feeding stations. Adjacent to this room are the reading library and conference room, which contain a large collection of mounted specimens of Maine birds and mammals, including several extinct species. If children venture into this area, make sure an adult is supervising.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Falmouth
Distance: 0.7–2.5 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round. Dawn to dusk; Audubon Center open Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays and holidays, noon to 4 p.m.
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: 207-781-2330, maineaudubon.org/our-locations/gilsland-farm
Local Maps: USGS Cumberland County quad; mainetrailfinder.com/trails/gilsland-farm
Driving Directions: Directions to Gilsland Farm Audubon Center

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