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.

Bird Time on the Coast is Back!

Join us this September and October for five more amazing birding opportunities!

We’re so excited to bring you five more birding opportunities this fall! We’ll be watching the fall migration as birds transition to their winter habitats. Join our birding experts and spot as many birds as you can this fall! Walks are open to all, whether you’re a total fledgeling (beginner) or a birding expert, our experienced guides are ready to help you make the most of your birding experience.

For the full list of dates, times, locations and to register for walks, head HERE.

Fall Art Show at Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery


We welcome:

John Bisignano (posthumous; 1929-2021) of Owls Head.   John used art to communicate the abundant beauty in the organization and forms of nature. This show will bring a unique perspective to the viewer of the beauty that is the Midcoast. John’s creations are outside of the norm and bring a sense of surprise and wonderment.  John grew up in abject poverty, yet kept his passion for art alive. In mid-life he moved to mid-coast Maine. Before his death, he set up a memorial scholarship fund through Maine Community Foundation for students who wish to pursue art education.  Sales of art pieces in this exhibition will support this fund.

Heather Burgess of Searsport is a stained glass artist. Heather tends to gravitate toward nature and free formed objects; very rarely will you see her frame something. Her show will be a mixture of sea life and avian pieces.  She is a traveling vet tech by day and a stained glass artist by night. Her aspiration is to own a little glass shop by the ocean. She has a supportive family of 2 children, her husband and five cats.

This art show will be on display through December 3 (which is a holiday open house) at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. in Rockland.   The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through October. All art sales support both the artists and the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.


For more information, contact  or call 594-0600 x5114.

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!