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.  The Nature Store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On Saturday, December 4 and 11, the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to view the new art exhibit and do your holiday shopping in our Nature Store!

Holiday Shopping at the Visitor Center (including virtual shopping)

‘Tis the season to support the Friends’ with your holiday shopping.  Support this non-profit and local artists.  Come see us, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., except holidays.  We also will have the Nature Store and Visitor Center open on Saturday, December 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Come see the new art exhibit and pick up some presents for your loved ones.

If you can’t make it in-person, call or email us to set up a virtual shopping appointment.  We’ll take you through the store via Zoom or FB Messenger.  We will use flat rate shipping boxes from USPS.   ( or 207-594-0600 ext. 5114)

Bats Offshore

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:30 p.m. via zoom

Maine’s coastal islands are well known for their importance as seabird colonies, but research over the past few years shows that bats are also frequent visitors to remote islands, particularly during fall migration. Dr. Trevor Peterson will present an overview of what we know about bats using islands in the Gulf of Maine (and the Great Lakes and Pacific Coast) and how this helps us understand when, where, and why bats may occur offshore. He will also address how this information helps evaluate potential impacts from offshore wind energy development on bats.

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Maine Coastal Islands Art Exhibit 

Until March 25, 2022

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery features three shows looking at our natural environment through the lens of a variety of art techniques.  This art show will be on display through the winter at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. in Rockland.

The three shows feature:

Brandon Simpson, Camden – A local artist and photographer who explores the nature of coastal Maine through the lens of vintage Polaroid film cameras.

Sandi Cirillo, Searsport – A fiber/mixed media artist who uses the process of solar plate etchings. She showcases the beauty that is all around us through her images of special places that she has visited in our great state.

Artists of Midcoast Maine – Perspectives of the Gulf of Maine, Coastal Wildlife and Winter.” Twelve artists provide a rich, diverse exhibit on the beauty of our coast.


The galleries will be open to visitors through the winter, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays.  We have extended hours on Saturday, December 4th and 11th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All art sales support both the artists and the Friends’ group.  Look for a virtual tour of our art gallery later this winter on our FOMCI NWR YouTube channel.


All art sales support both the artists and the Friends’ group.

As you make your summer 2022 plans, save this date, Sunday, July 10, 2022, 4 p.m.  Join FOMCI board members and refuge staff on a boat ride out to Petit Manan Island.  We leave from Bar Harbor on a boat generously provided by Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company.  Different from their other trips, you get to talk to refuge staff, enjoy some finger foods and support the work of the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  We’ll talk to the island technicians over the radio and get some awesome looks at puffins, razorbills and more!