2018-07-06 / Things to Do

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center

Summer Events

Daily Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoe/Kayak Rentals

Discover the meandering Dunstan River on self-guided exploration. Center will provide a canoe/kayak, map and life jackets.

When: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $20/hour; $28/1.5 hours; $35/2 hours

($45 maximum; Discounts on Fridays)

Guided Canoe Tours

Discover wildlife and plants paddling along the Dunstan River. See the Snowy Egret catching fish and the Cormorant drying its wings.

June 16 - Sept. 3, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

$13/adult, $10/child (deduct $1.50 with own canoe).

Canoeing Trips

Full Moon Canoe Tours

Experience the sights and sounds of the marsh creatures at night under the full moon.

July 25, 26 and 27, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

August 24, 25, and 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Early Morning Canoe Tour

Tour the marsh at this magical time when animals wake up and start to explore.

Aug. 4, 6:30 - 8 a.m.


Sunset Canoe Tour

Enjoy the sunset while paddling the marsh. Observe herons and shorebirds flying to their roosts.

July 12 and Aug. 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Nature Sketching by Canoe

Guided canoe tour will give artists of all ages a unique opportunity to practice nature sketching.

Aug. 11, 2 - 3:30 p.m.


Kayak Tour

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh during this guided tour down the Dunstan River.

July 21 and Aug. 11, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

$13/person (Deduct $1.50 if bringing own kayak)

Weekly Programs

Drop-in programs through Labor Day

Early Morning Bird Walks

The best birding is often in the early morning. Look and listen for egrets, glossy ibis, herons, willets, sparrows and more.

Wednesdays, May 9 through Sept. 26

7 - 8:30 a.m., $5/person

Family Nature Walk

Mummichugs and Marsh Muck

Explore the plants and animals of the marsh through hands-on discovery.

Wednesdays, June 27 through Aug. 29

10:30 a.m. - noon


Special Programs

Advanced reservations are necessary Plant and Insect Survey Collect data that will be analyzed to determine the health of the marsh.

August (call for date), 9 a.m. - noon

Volunteer Opportunity

Bird Monitoring

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.

July 14, 7 - 10 a.m. Aug. 25, 6:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Volunteer Opportunity

• Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip

• Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox will help to unravel the complexities of Sharp-tailed Sparrow identification. Look at photos before going out for a field trip.

July 28, 8 - 10 a.m.


Night Hike & Bats

Use your senses to discover nocturnal life at the marsh. Participants will use echolocators to detect bats. Aug. 9, 8 - 9 p.m.


Snowy Egret Day

Come celebrate all that Maine’s largest salt marsh has to offer. A day of family fun including a canoe tour, nature crafts, children’s story walks and much more. Aug. 18, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Free (fee for some programs)

Creating a Seashell Wreath

Design and make a seashell wreath using your own shells/seaglass or ours.

Aug. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.


Explore the Night Sky

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. Participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky through his telescope.

Aug. 17, 8:30 - 9:30 pm


Labor Day Extravaganza Weekend

Join us for our last full weekend filled with fun, sales, craft, children’s story walks, and more.

Sept. 1-3, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Free (fee for some programs)

Adventures for Kids

Cost: $7/child; Advanced reservations are necessary

Exploring Nature Through Art (6-11 years)

July 10, 24; Aug. 7, 21 10:30 a.m. - noon

Cat Tales Story Hour (3-5 yrs with adult)
July 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Pollinator Power (5-plus years)
July 26, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Tiny Tot Tour (3-5 yrs with adult)
Aug. 3, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Investigating Marsh Creatures (5-plus years)
Aug. 9, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Nature Pottery (8-11years)
July 17; Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m. - noon, $9/child

Nature Detectives (5-plus years)
Aug. 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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