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.

Love Your Wildlife Art Gallery

Come visit us during normal hours AND during our expended hours on May 18th!

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery featuring art representing Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and Maine Coastal Islands NWR will be open for viewing during extended hours on Wednesday, May 18 and 25 when the center will be open until 6 p.m.

During your visit, you also can sit and consider what reflects our passion and love for nature in the exhibit: Inside a Nature Lover’s Home by Carney McRae. To complete your tour, refuge staff and volunteers have shared some of their own favorite art pieces. Come visit during extended hours, or during regular visiting hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This exhibit will be here through May 25th.

Bird Time on the Coast is back!

It’s that time of year again! Birds are singing, and on the move, and we’re inviting you to join us in seeing as many as we can this spring! We’re hosting eight birding opportunities this spring which will be led by our knowledgeable birding experts. Six of these opportunities will include walks in four different locations and two will be pelagic trips to observe some of our nesting seabirds! Walks will run through May and June, concluding with our last trip in July.

Click here for the full list of dates and times as well as registration information.

Common tern feeding fish to its chick

Eastern Egg Rock (Pelagic) 

Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Part of our Bird Time on the Coast bird walk series.

This new partnership is made with Monhegan Boat Line who has perfected trips out to Eastern Egg Rock for years, and we get a sneak preview before the tourist boat season begins!

Although this isn’t one of our Maine coastal islands, it’s a wonderful duplication of our efforts protecting nesting seabirds off-shore.

Expect to see nesting Atlantic puffins, common & Arctic terns, laughing gulls, and black guillemots.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Annual Puffin Cruise to Petit Manan Returns! 

Sunday, July 10, 2022 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Bar Harbor

Come see the puffins of Petit Manan Island and other extraordinary sea life on the fundraising cruise for the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  Refuge staff and volunteer naturalists join us so you get our story first-hand!

Other activities include: getting your photo taken with a costumed puffin, participating in our 50/50 raffle, and enjoying a refuge trivia contest on the ride back to Bar Harbor.

Click here for tickets and more information.