Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

Located at 9 Water Street, Rockland, Maine

Note: Our Nature Gift Store (run by volunteers) is open on most Monday afternoons (1-3 p.m.) and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. -3 p.m., and Wednesdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment.  It is open during all our events as well. 


Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m.-12 noon – Nature Journal Group Monthly Meeting – Naomi Howe facilitating  this month –The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland.  The purpose of this group is to learn techniques to create nature journals, whether for learning more about nature, studying phenology or as a mindful practice.  There is no cost to participate.  Please register for planning purposes by email or phone: or 207-594-0600, ext. 5.   


Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Bird Watching for All Ages – Ann Boover – Meet at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center at 9 Water Street and walk to Rockland Harbor, searching for birds with Ann, a lifetime birder.  This walk is for all ages and abilities. All are advised to dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them. After, we’ll head back to the center to warm up with hot cocoa. A movie on birds will be shown if you wish to stay. Rockland Harbor in winter is often a safe place for eider, guillemot, grebes, gulls, and others as they venture to the calmer harbor waters in search of food.

For more information and to register contact: or 207-594-0600 ext 5.  Snow date will be Thursday, February 20.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – Be Safe Out There: Browntail Moth – Tom Schmeelk, Entomologist with Maine Forest Service – Being in the outdoors in Maine has changed over the years where we now have to pay attention to animals and plants that can cause health issues.  The best defense is education.  Join state entomologist, Tom Schmeelk, to learn about the browntail moth on Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water St. Rockland.  Schmeelk will give an overview of the browntail moth biology, history in Maine and updates on current browntail moth range and areas at risk.  Bring your questions.  This is the first of a three-part series on being safe in the outdoors.  Snow date is February 26.  For more information or questions concerning weather, call 594-0600 ext. 5. 



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