Visit us in downtown Rockland, Maine!
"Seabirds are ideal symbols for ocean conservation," said Dr. Stephen Kress, who initiated Audubon's Project Puffin in 1973 and remains its director. "Because they live in a variety of habitats—including oceans, islands, estuaries and beaches—they demonstrate how all coastal life is connected. Long-term conservation success hinges on public understanding and community support."
Project Puffin Visitor Center is located at 311 Main Street between Rockland's newly renovated Strand Theater and the new Maine Lighthouse Museum.
Packed with fun, educational, and interactive exhibits for people of all ages, the Project Puffin Visitor Center features:
- Real-time video images and sounds of puffins and other seabirds from remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles south of Rockland, thanks to robotic cameras funded by grants from MBNA Foundation and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. Visitors to the center can operate the camera, burn their own DVDs and print photos using the equipment
- A theater featuring the 20-minute film Project Puffin about exceptional people taking innovative action to bring puffins and other seabirds back to the Maine coast
- Maps and exhibits (including a crawl into puffin burrow and an actual size observation blind for children). The exhibits highlight Audubon's conservation work on Maine seabird islands, and facts about wildlife conservation, seabird adaptations, bird-band reading and birds' life histories
- A gallery exhibiting seabird art and photography and a gift shop featuring nature-related books, videos and clothing as well as educational material and information about joining and supporting Audubon's work in Maine
- Schedules and other information about seabird-watching boat tours to Maine islands
- Descriptions of residential programs for youth and adults at historic Hog Island Audubon Camp in midcoast Maine
- Additional information about Audubon's work for wildlife conservation in Maine
"Among the many reasons we're excited about the new visitor center is its location in Rockland," said Kevin Carley, Maine Audubon executive director. "Now those who live in midcoast Maine and the thousands of people who visit the region every year will have a unique and convenient way to learn firsthand about Audubon 's seabird restoration projects and our work for wildlife conservation throughout the state. It's a great way to connect people with nature in Maine."
State and local organizations and agencies advising the Project Puffin Visitor Center include: the Farnsworth Art Museum, Friends of Maine Seabird Islands, Island Institute, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Rockland-Thomaston Chamber of Commerce.
Additional Audubon properties and centers open to visitors in Maine include: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center in Scarborough, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary south of Greenville, Todd Audubon Sanctuary in Bremen, and six additional wildlife sanctuaries with walking trails.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROJECT PUFFIN and to see online images taken by the camera at Seal Island, please visit
MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. To learn more, please visit www.maineaudubon.org. To learn about National Audubon Society programs, visit www.audubon.org.
You can help learn more about and support the Maine puffins by taking a puffin watching tour or adopting a puffin.
Project Puffin Visitor Center Address:
311 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
OR (toll-free within the USA)
Daily: Wednesdays through Sundays (only): 10:00am to 5:00pm
June through October:
Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm
On Wednesdays: 10:00am to 7:00pm (seasonally)
November and early December:
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (only): 10:00am to 4:00pm
December Holiday Season Hours:
December 22nd and 23rd: 10:00am to 4:00pm
December 29th: 10:00am to 3:00pm
December 30th: 10:00am to 2:00pm
NOTE: Center closes for the year from December 31st through April 30th.