Welcome to the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge!

We are a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local individuals dedicated to supporting the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.  Check out our 2016 highlights.

Friends build docent program for Visitor Center
Volunteer Orientation – Saturday, May 6, 1-3 p.m.

Here is a way to deepen your understanding of our coastal islands and wildlife while providing a valuable service to your local wildlife refuge.  Become a volunteer at the Visitor Center of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in RoEducateckland. 

There will be an orientation session on Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m. focusing on the basic exhibits that are available when visitors come.  A field trip to the Petit Manan mainland trails will be scheduled later in May for those who are becoming volunteers. The Friends’ group is building a docent program where volunteers can welcome visitors, tell them about the work of seabird conservation, demonstrate how birds are tracked, and connect the beauty of our natural world through the art gallery, along with many other activities.  Training will be ongoing with special talks and hands-on experience depending on the type of work you wish to do.  Register or call for more information:  volunteercoordinator@mainecoastislands.org or 594-0600 x5.  If you are unable to come to the orientation, but wish to become part of the Maine Coastal Islands team at the Visitor Center, please contact us.  

For more information about the Friends’ group and our activities, contact info@mainecoastislands.org or (207) 594-0600, ext. 5.


Great news!

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge was recently selected as the third most popular National Wildlife Refuge in the country in a 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. You can see the full list of winners by clicking here.

Thanks for your votes and check out our great new video about the refuge!


We sponsor programs at the Visitor Center of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge at 9 Water Street in Rockland, Maine.

If you would like to receive e-alerts of upcoming programs for families and/or adults, please contact us: info@mainecoastislands.org

Art Gallery

We also manage a beautiful art gallery at the Visitor Center. Join us for First Friday Art Walks in Rockland from 5-8 p.m. to view art that inspires and supports our conservation message.

Summer Island Interns

Intern with Bird
FOMCI supports the Refuge by contributing funds for seabird research and supporting student interns working on the seabird nesting islands during the summer. These interns are critical to the nesting success of our seabirds, protecting them from disturbance by humans and predators.

With the help of laptops that FOMCI purchased the summer island interns blog about their daily experiences. The blog can be found here.