Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

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. 


October 14 -18 – National Wildlife Refuge Week – Celebrate with us all week

     Monday, October 14, 11 a.m. – 12 noon – Fins & Flippers – Learn how  whales survive in the ocean and      assemble a pilot whale skeleton.  Family-friendly, ages 6+.  Reservations required – call 594-0600 x5.

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

     Tuesday – Friday, October 15-18 – 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – Watch movies about several of our national wildlife refuges around the country.  Different ones each day.  

     Tuesday, October 22, 5-9 p.m. – Don’t forget to get your pizza at Flatbread Company in Rockport to support FOMCI.  

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. – The Wonders of Coral – Ret Talbot will introduce us to the different corals of our oceans.  What is a coral? What are their strategies for survival?

Monday, November 11, 9 am.-12 noon – Making Birch Bark Ornaments – Fiber artist, Sandi Cirillo, will teach participants how to make these beautiful ornaments.  Reservations required.  $20 donation, includes materials. 

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. – State of Affairs of our Seabirds – Refuge biologist, Linda Welch, will present findings on how our seabirds did on the islands this summer, along with the latest research results and projects that the refuge is conducting. 


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)