Events at Visitor Center

Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

One of the ways FOMCI supports the wildlife refuge is by providing programming, exhibits and art to the Visitor Center in Rockland with grants and your donations. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays. The center also is open on the First Friday Art Walks in Rockland from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and on select evenings and Saturdays for events.  Come explore the center at 9 Water Street in Rockland, Maine. For more information, call 594-0600, ext. 5.


Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.  All About Bluebirds

Join bluebird enthusiast, Jeff Nims of Union as he shares twenty-five years of bluebird observations and photos at Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center in Rockland. Learn about bluebird habitat, types of nesting boxes and orientation, protection from parasites and predators, feeding mealworms in summer and what to feed in winter.

Friday, June 2, 5:00-8:00 p.m.  First Friday Art Walk

Don’t forget to stop by to see our current show, enjoy an appetizer and tour the rest of the Visitor Center!  

Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.  Birds of Midcoast Maine

Join Bill Goodwill and John Weinrich, birding experts.  Learn to identify the birds you see in the midcoast community during this time of year. 

Thursday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.  Pollinators

We welcome Amy Campbell, Master Gardener.  Learn who our pollinators are and why they are so important for our gardens and crops.  What can you do to encourage more pollinators to your garden? 

Wed., June 28, 6:30 p.m.  Native Sea-run Fishes

Atlantic Salmon by Karen Talbot

Karen Talbot presents the natural history of our native sea-run fishes and their status – past, present and future.  Then Karen will describe her process for creating her pieces now showing in the art gallery.

Check out the programs coming up this spring & summer.  For more information about programs, sign up for our e-newsletter or email request to (unless specified, programming is free of charge, although donations are appreciated to support the work of FOMCI)