5 Maine Nature Centers That Make Excellent Family Day Trip Destinations
Maine overflows with amazing places to get into the great outdoors. But sometimes you don’t want to simply get outside. Sometimes you want to learn more about the surrounding nature. So for those of you wanting to gain some knowledge about the beautiful natural world, check out one of these five great nature centers in Maine.
1. Fields Pond Audubon Center
Fields Pond Audubon Center is located in Holden and Orrington, which is seven miles southeast of Bangor, Maine. This gorgeous area has a nature center, a 191-acre pond, and a 229-acre sanctuary for wandering through wetlands, forests, fields, and lakeshore.
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429, USA
The center is perfect for a family day trip. Here you can take a variety of guided and self-guided walks, exhibits, and nature trails. Spend the day doing a nature study, wildlife and bird watching, or hiking. Or in the winter, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Learn more about
The Center here
2. Sieur de Monts Nature Center
Sieur de Monts Nature Center, 2 Sieur de Monts Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
Sieur de Monts is one of the visitor centers in Acadia National Park. This great center highlights the important work of the park's biologists and researchers in maintaining and protecting the park's resources. Learn more about
the nature center here
3. Mrs. JC's WildLife Ecology Center
Mrs JC's WildLife Ecology Center!, 40 Crowley Island Rd, Corea, ME 04624, USA
Located in Corea Harbor, this nature preserve includes a half-mile hiking loop to Mill Pond Cove. This cove is a designated migratory bird habitat. At the preserve, you have access to about nine acres of land and five ecosystems. Learn more about
the nature preserve here
and then go visit.
4. Hidden Valley Nature Center
Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd, Jefferson, ME 04348, USA
This family-friendly nature center is located in Jefferson, Maine. With 1,000 acres of protected land, there are miles of trails for a variety of activities. Grab the family and come hiking or biking. In the winter, grab your cross-country skis and try some of the rolled and groomed trails. Learn about sustainable forestry at the center or join one of the 30 programs to learn new skills. Visit
the website for Hidden Valley here
then spend the day exploring.
5. Merryspring Nature Center
Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Rd, Camden, ME 04843, USA
This charming nature preserve is located near Camden and Rockport, making it perfect for a day trip. The area has stunning gardens and offers nature education programs year-round. The park has an arboretum, vernal pool, and a kid-friendly Interpretative Trail. Start planning your visit by checking out the
So start planning your next day trip to one of these great nature centers. You will love getting outside and learning more about the natural wonders around us.
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