Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

Located at 9 Water Street, Rockland, Maine

The Maine Coastal Islands Visitor Center and Headquarters in Rockland is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (June through October).  The Nature Store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Leach’s Storm-Petrel

Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30PM

On Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 p.m. via zoom, join Jill Tengeres, to learn about the illusive Leach’s storm-petrel. Leach’s storm-petrels are a nocturnal burrow-nesting seabird that breed on islands at Maine Coastal Islands NWR. Though this species is rarely observed, Leach’s storm-petrels are the most widespread species of tubenose seabird in the northern hemisphere, with breeding populations in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The population of Leach’s storm-petrels in maritime Canada appears to be declining rapidly. It is less clear how Leach’s storm-petrels are doing in colonies in Maine. To address this issue, Maine Coastal Islands NWR and its partners are working to investigate the population status and potential drivers influencing reproductive success of Leach’s storm-petrel. Join us on the 1st to learn more about this unique species!


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We welcome LEAPS of Imagination as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.  Come to the party or stop in during the month of March to see their art exhibit of 10 years in the making!  

Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland, ME

NOW SHOWING through the end of March

Leaps of Imagination is a school-day art program that propels children’s imaginations and empowers students as artists and deep thinkers.  Founded on the premise that art inspires elementary school students to make connections between art, literacy, and environmental science, Leaps teaches young people to observe, explore materials and perspectives, and make bold works of art.  Learning from local artists, children realize their capacity to create and imagine a better future.

Leaps’ team of artists will host a 10-year celebration on Saturday, March 4th from 2—4 pm, open to the public.  A special exhibition of children’s art will be on display at Maine Coastal Islands Visitor Center located at 9 Water Street in Rockland, Maine. Leaps’ participants will offer mini lessons on drawing from observation and talk about their art.

Leaps of Imagination was conceived in 2013, when a group of artists in Midcoast Maine realized that school budget cuts would limit children’s access to art education. The program, which began as a pilot, weaves art experiences into existing classroom curricula. Teachers are full collaborators with local artists as mentors to underserved students. Since then, the program has grown from two RSU13 second grades to reach six communities—Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Cushing, Searsmont and Vinalhaven—and more than 1,000 children from prekindergarten through seventh grade. The organization has also forged a partnership with Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, helping strengthen the connections between nature and art.

Missed a Program?

 Catch the replay on our YouTube channel! We record and fully caption all our virtual programs for you to view anytime!


Check it out HERE!

Visit the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Rockland ME

We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

AND on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (June through October)

So much to see and do!