March 27, 2020: Maine Audubon is closely monitoring news and CDC guidance regarding COVID-19, particularly recommendations related to K-12 schools and childcare centers. Based on this information and guidance, we have made the difficult decision to close our centers, and cancel most public programs, through April 26. If you are registered for an April program, you will hear from program staff within the next few days to offer refunds and alternatives. Please check our website and social media channels regularly for updates or program cancellations. Many of the programs we co-host or are run by partners have been cancelled.
If you or any of your guests are registered for a program that gets cancelled, we are prepared to waive Maine Audubon’s standard cancellation policy and offer refunds for the entirety of your party. Please contact Beth Pauls at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 781-2330 ext. 273 to have your name(s) removed and facilitate your refund. Please consider donating your registration fees to Maine Audubon; we are a nonprofit that relies on the support of members and the community to protect our wildlife and habitat.
Our top priority is public safety and we feel a strong responsibility to our members, supporters, and fellow Mainers. Thank you for your ongoing support and consideration of this very serious community health matter.
Our eight centers and sanctuaries have walking trails that are open dawn to dusk, daily, for free, and we encourage you to find respite through nature at this time (please leave your dogs at home, though!). However, our first priority is public safety, so we ask that you follow these guidelines if you are interested in walking our trails:
- Please stay at home if you are exhibiting any symptoms, have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or feel unwell in any way.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of our parking lots and trails. Please touch as few surfaces as possible.
- Be advised that there is no access to indoor public restrooms or drinking water.
- While on trails, alert other users to your presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If you arrive and the parking lot is half full, please find an alternate location or come back at another time. Please bear in mind that Governor Mills has prohibited all gatherings of more than 10 people.
Maine Audubon Standard Cancellation Policy
(See above note for current status)
Participants may receive a refund – minus a $50 processing fee – if they cancel their registration at least fourteen (14) days before a program begins. Registration processing fees are nonrefundable. Programs with registration fees below $50 are nonrefundable.
Refund requests must be made in writing. Written requests for a refund due to a medical emergency must include a doctor’s note, and must be received no more than two weeks after the program’s start date. Refunds due to medical emergencies will be paid minus the $50 processing fee.
If Maine Audubon cancels a program, participants will receive a full refund. In the event that Maine Audubon needs to cancel part of a multi-day program, such as camps, Maine Audubon will make an effort to reschedule that part of the program, but refunds will not be issued.
Program proceeds benefit the work of Maine Audubon.
The following forms are required by certain programs and activities. If you are required to have one of these on file, you will be notified before the program. All forms are due a week before the program starts.
Required for all camps, preschool programs, and family trips:
Required for adults participating in trips:
Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call 207.781.2330. The Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf) will need to be submitted as part of your registration.
Emergency Weather Conditions
Occasionally, severe weather or other circumstances will alter our usual program schedule. If Maine Audubon’s buildings are closed unexpectedly, all programs are cancelled during the closed period. Please note that we may close for only a portion of the day. If our buildings are open, unusually severe weather conditions can still force the cancellation of a program for that day.
If Maine Audubon is closed due to weather or other unanticipated circumstances, a message will posted on our website and on local TV stations closure lists.