Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

August HOURS

Regular hours:  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Monday through Friday 

Evening hours:  Wednesday, August 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (before our evening program)


Note: Our Nature Gift Store (run by volunteers) is open on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. -3 p.m.; some Monday and Wednesday afternoons and some Fridays, and by appointment.  It is open during all our events as well. 

August 1-August 28 – Fins, Feathers & Fur Juried Art Show.    Art Gallery open when the Visitor Center is open. 

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m. –

Protecting Special Places in the Ocean – Marine National Monuments – Brian Benedict, Superintendent of Northeast Canyons & Seamounts National Marine Monument – This presentation will feature the film Living Monuments, which showcases the country’s five remote Marine National Monuments. Also, Brian will give an update on recent highlights on our “nearby” Marine Monument and give an overview of the four live-streamed dives upcoming with the Okeanos Explorer Expedition in September.

Friday, September 6, 5-8 p.m. – Art Opening Reception for 3 new artists: Jordan Chalfant, Bar Harbor; John Drury, Vinalhaven; Karen & Ret Talbot, Rockland!

September 5, 6 & 1010 a.m. – 4 p.m.Okeanos Explorer Expedition live-stream dive of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument.  We will be streaming this dive at the visitor center.  Marine scientists narrate as the dive is happening. 

Friday, October 4, 5-8 p.m. – Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery and the entire Visitor Center will be open.

October 14 -18 – National Wildlife Refuge Week – We will offer a child-friendly program on October 14 (a school holiday).  Throughout the week, we’ll show some films at the visitor center highlighting wildlife refuges around the country. 

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. – Highlights from Expedition Trips to the Arctic – Rupert Pilkington, Arctic Expedition Leader and participants Carla Skinder and Judy Hengerer will share their photos and stories about their trip in September, including what they saw and what is happening with wildlife near the Arctic Circle.


For more information about programs,  sign up for our e-newsletter or email request to (unless specified, programming is free of charge, although donations are appreciated to support the work of FOMCI)