Gilsland Farm

Falmouth, Maine 4105

Gilsland Farm

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This pristine 65-acre sanctuary on the Presumpscot River estuary is headquarters for the Maine Audubon Society and a great place for a winter stroll. You can hike more than 2 miles of trails that weave through open fields, meadows, and woodlands, and along tidal shoreline and salt marshes.

As you might guess, this is a bird-lover’s paradise. On your winter walk, you’re likely to hear-and see-flocks of Canada geese and a variety of waterfowl. Join one of the center’s guided night walks and listen for the home hour of an owl. The environmental center is a good place to hang out; there are exhibits, a library and a children’s discovery area, along with hot drinks and snacks."

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair
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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." Read more

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5/13/2002
a nice walk with kids, great views and birdwatching - we took a jog stroller and a toddler for a nice mother's day walk and picnic lunch.
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Trail Information

Falmouth
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Several options
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Winter
Season
Maine Audubon Society
Local Contacts

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Dec 2018