Programs held at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Road, Scarborough. For registration and details, call (207) 883-5100.

Special Programs

Advance registration necessary, unless noted. On all canoe tours, please deduct $1.50 per person if providing your own canoe.

Full Moon Canoe Tours

Experience the sights and sounds of Maine’s largest salt marsh under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night herons stalking the bank for prey, listen to strange night sounds, and maybe catch sight of a harbor seal or a muskrat plying the night waters of this vast expanse of wildlife-rich habitat.

July 27, 28, 29

8-9:30 p.m.

Members: $11/adult, $9/child

Nonmembers: $12/adult, $10/child

Nature Walk: Edible and Medicinal Plants

Revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants. Naturalist Gary Roberts will point out these species and tell you about their many uses. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.

Saturday, July 2

12-3:30 p.m.

$7/member, $9/nonmember

Butterfly Survey

Join Maine Butterfly Survey monitors as they identify butterflies for a new statewide monitoring project. You’ll go to various spots in the marsh to look for these winged insects and then watch as they’re caught, identified, photographed, and released.

Tuesday, July 17

1-3 p.m.

Free (donations accepted)

Sunset Canoe Tours

Paddle quietly through the marsh and watch herons, ducks, and shorebirds as they return to their roosting spots for the night. As dusk approaches, listen to the creatures of the marsh as they prepare to settle in for the evening, or set out on their nightly forays.

Sunday, July 22

7-8:30 p.m.

Members: $11/adult, $9/child

Nonmembers: $12/adult, $10/child

Nature Walk: Summer Wildflowers

Open your eyes to the colors of summer as you explore the salt marsh with naturalist Gary Roberts for the many varieties of flowering plants growing there.

Thursday, July 26

2-3:30 p.m.

$5/member, $7/nonmember

Weekly Programs

No registration necessary.

Canoe Tours

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you’ll see many of its inhabitants, from snowy egrets catching fish along the river’s edge to mummichogs swimming in the water. Your naturalist guide will show you numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of one. Suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.


10-11:30 a.m., additional Sunday tour 1-2:30 p.m.

Members: $10/adult, $8/child

Nonmembers: $11/adult, $9/child

(Deduct $1.50 per person if providing your own canoe.)

Early Morning Birding

The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding- come look and listen for snowy egrets, glossy ibis, herons, willets, sparrows, and more. We start our tours at the Audubon center and carpool to birding hot spots in the immediate area. Birders of all levels are welcome to join.


7-8:30 a.m.

$5/member, $7/nonmember

Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs and Marsh Muck

Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that require all five senses. You’ll touch a mummichog (marsh fish), look for and watch the many migrating and resident birds, and explore algae to discover the minute creatures living there. For “children” of all ages.


10:30 a.m.-noon

$5/member, $7/nonmember (family discounts available)

For Children

Advance registration necessary.

Nature Art

Drop off your children ages 7-10 to discover some of the secrets of the marsh through various art forms. They’ll explore the marsh and then participate in a craft activity. Each session offers a different activity, so sign up for all four if you like.

Tuesdays, July 10, 24

10:30 a.m.-noon

$5/member, $7/nonmember (family discounts available)

Good Night Nature

Bring your children ages 3-6 to Scarborough Marsh for the evening to listen to a nature story. Snacks and activities will accompany the program. Don’t forget to wear your PJs! Adults must accompany children.

Thursday, July 12

6:30-7:30 p.m.

$9/member child, $13.50/nonmember child

Tiny Tot Tour

Introduce your wee folk ages 3-5 to the unique world of the salt marsh through interactive, hands-on activities. They’ll experience the marsh firsthand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping on the mud, and touching a marsh fish, the mummichog.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, July 19

10:30 a.m.-noon

$5/member and one child, $7/nonmember and one child (each

additional child $3/member, $4/nonmember)

Cat Tales

Bring your preschoolers ages 3-5 for a fun and exciting morning of stories, nature exploration, and activities. The program includes story time and a craft activity related to the marsh or nearby ocean. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, July 26

10 a.m.-noon

$5/member and one child, $7/nonmember and one child (each

additional child $3/member, $4/nonmember)

Interpreting the Salt Marsh Through Pottery

Drop off your children ages 8-11 for a treasure hunt in the marsh to collect shells, driftwood, rocks, plant materials, and more-which they’ll then incorporate into pottery.

Tuesday, July 31

10:30 a.m.-noon

$5/member, $7/nonmember (family discounts available)

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