FALMOUTH – Maine Audubon invites members and the public to its family-friendly Apple Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The 28th annual celebration will take place at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road. The event is free for members and $7 per person for others. Children under age 2 are free.

The seasonal celebration will feature crafts, live music, a scavenger hunt, apple toss, cider press, face painting, and food from the Wicked Good food truck and refreshment from Green Bee Craft Beverages. There will also be interactive activities to learn about bats, bees and pollinator habitat.

The nonprofit will also release “A Little Brown Bat Story,” the second book in the new children’s book series, Wildlife on the Move. Maine has lost over 90 percent of its cave bat population and the Northern long-eared and little brown bat were added to the state’s endangered species list this year.

Published in partnership with Islandport Press, the series has a goal of bringing well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation and respectful human interaction with nature to a pre-kindergarten through second grade audience.

There will be several readings and book signings throughout the event. Ten percent of the book’s sales will be used to support Maine Audubon educational outreach programs that benefit underserved preschools statewide.

Additional details about the festivities and book can be found at maineaudubon.org/appleday

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