Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

June & July HOURS

Regular hours:  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Monday through Friday (closed July 4 & 5 for the holiday)

Evening hours:  Thursday, June 27, 5:30 -6:30 p.m. (before our evening program)

                           Wednesday, July 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (before our evening program)

Weekend hours: Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  (art gallery will be closed until 4 p.m.)


SUMMER EVENTS (check back; we will be adding more)

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.  It is open during all our events as well. 

May 3-July 19. – Conservation Art Show  Featuring: Linda Shepard, Union – Fiber Arts; Carl J. Solberg, Waldoboro – Wood Carvings & Sculptures; St. George 5th grade students.   Art Gallery open when the Visitor Center is open. 

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. – The Curious World of Seaweed: Where Science and Art Converge – Josie Iselin with our co-host Herring Gut Learning Center

After an introduction into her past work and art-making techniques, Josie will dive deep into the life history and the history of the science of a few iconic kelps and seaweeds. Pioneering women scientists, exploratory expeditions and stunning images will transport us into the Curious World of Seaweed. Herring Gut Learning Center educators will also be providing tools and supplies for seaweed pressings for attendees to experiment with after Josie’s talk.

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. – Why and How the Wood Speaks to One Sculptor

with artist, Carl Solberg.  Learn how the wood speaks to him and how his sculptures come about.  The visitor center, including the art gallery will be open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. before Carl’s talk. 

Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in Bar Harbor – Annual Seabird Cruise to Petit Manan Island for viewing seabirds – Puffins, razorbills and terns await you on the Friends of Maine Coastal Island’s annual Seabird Sunset Cruise to Petit Manan Island out of Bar Harbor. This fundraising cruise leaves the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company docks at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Unique to this cruise, refuge staff and Friends’ naturalists are your personal tour guides.  Tickets for this fundraising cruise cost $50 per person or $40 for Friends of the refuge. Click here for your tickets:  Seabird Cruise Tickets

Saturday, July 27, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. – Fins, Feathers & Fur: Maine Coastal Wildlife Juried Art Show Opening – Come see a spectacular array of art of all media from people of all ages and abilities. During the opening, you get to vote for your favorite adult and student pieces as part of our People’s Choice Awards.  This show helps to provide critical funds for the Friends’ Group (FOMCI).  Do you have a piece of art to enter?  Click here for guidelines and entry forms:  Fins, Feathers & Fur entry info.

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)