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 2017 highlights.

Click on the Upcoming Events to see what is happening at Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center in Rockland.

Join our team of volunteers at the Visitor Center of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Rockland. We especially need help for the summer season, but there are

Welcome to our Visitor Center!

volunteer opportunities year-round.  The Friends’ group provides a docent program for the wildlife refuge 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.  Volunteer Orientation for the Visitor Center will be on Wednesday, April 11, 3-5 p.m. – 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.


Learn more about Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and see why the Friends work so hard to support these wild islands.


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 usually 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.