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.

June Art Show!

June 15th through the end of July

Join us at the Maine Coastal Islands Visitor Center at 9 Water St. in Rockland and enjoy our latest art show! This show includes two unique collections, one features watercolors from in and around Knox county, and one that highlights 40 unique pastel pieces. You can join us for the official art opening on Friday, June 15th from 5pm to 7pm!

Find the full description for each of the two shows below!

Art Exhibit: The Loaded Brush: Watercolors by Timothy James Standring


Over the past few years, Standring has painted watercolors in site in and around Knox County, Maine.  Work in this exhibition features his preference for working with a paint-loaded brush, resulting in heavily pigmented marks and images with a poetic sensibility. Standring’s works are held in numerous private collections across North American and Europe, and he is represented in Denver by Gallery 1261 and in Edwards, Colorado by Claggett-Rey Gallery.

Art Exhibit: The Nature of Pastels: The Pastel Society of Maine


The Pastel Society of Maine (PSME) promotes awareness of the art of soft pastels and provides a network for regional and international pastel artists.  Members were invited to submit paintings for an exhibition at the FOMCI gallery, and 40 were chosen for the show. The Nature of Pastels utilizes the unique features of pastel painting to explore the natural world. Paintings feature the Maine coast and the flora and fauna living there.

Seabird Cruise to Petit Manan Island

Sunday, July 7th – 3:30-5:30 pm

Join us on our grand finale trip for the spring/summer Bird Time on the Coast! Travel in style on the Bar Harbor Whale Watching Company’s Friendship V for our annual fundraising event to benefit the Refuge. The Friendship V takes us on a swift, quiet and eco-friendly ride to Petit Manan Island, which is home to terns, puffins, black guillemots and more. While we can’t go ashore, we will have the opportunity to chat with the Island Technicians and ask questions about the seabirds and researchers living on the island during the summer. There is a very good chance of seeing Wilson’s storm-petrels or shearwaters on this trip. Our guest birding expert will give a short talk and Q&A on the ride back to Bar Harbor. We will also have a free book-making activity about puffins for you to take home as a souvenir, and we will raffle off a themed gift basket, so bring some cash! Sweet and savory finger foods are provided by the Friends, and the boat will have a cash bar. You may bring your own non-alcoholic drinks and food, but nothing in a glass container or hard cooler. Tickets are $70, and 100% of each ticket supports the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR. Children aged 10 and under who are with their parent/guardian can come for free. Parking in Bar Harbor along designated streets and in lots can be secured using the ParkMobile app. Set up your ParkMobile app before you arrive to make it easier as parking can be limited – our advice is to get there early! Rain or shine! Be at the dock by 3:00 pm. The Bar Harbor Whale Watching Company is located at 1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine.

Purchase your tickets here or call (207)594-0600 ext. 5114.

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