Conservation education programs take place for children and adults in the AWC Nature Center. Programs are on Saturdays at 11 am by reservation, and at other times by appointment. Most groups are limited to 12 people due to our small size. We also welcome the rescuers of new patients into the center to see what we do, and to answer questions.
Our Nature Center combines wildlife art, a wide selection of wildlife-themed picture books, and many hands-on exhibits for young children or the young-at heart. In addition, our wildlife partners live here.
All of our permanent animals were once patients, and due to their injuries were unable to be released back to the wild. They are under special education permits from the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the federal government. They include a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, including a bat colony and one of Maine’s only captive Bald Eagles.
Once a rehabilitation patient arrives, it goes into one of our rehab rooms for examination and treatment. The public is not allowed to see the patients, as they need a quiet, stress-free environment to recover. Babies that are brought to us need to be protected from human interaction so that they may grow up wild and be releasable.
Our education partners in the Nature Center are particularly chosen and trained carefully, so that they are accustomed to our visitors. We ask that visitors respect our partner’s needs for quiet voices, and recognize the wild in all of them. Seeing these animals up close is an incomparable experience.
Occasional subject themed programs will be available throughout the year and advertised on our Facebook page. The programs on Saturdays are free, but donations are very welcome and much needed. There may be a charge for special groups. Visitors that cannot afford to contribute money but would like to help are encouraged to bring items from our donation list.
Please join us!
Donation List of Gifts in Kind that are always welcome:
Pick a Size Bounty Paper Towel
Unscented HE Laundry Detergent
Huggies Natural Baby Wipes
Apples, organic Spring Mix, organic berries, carrots, unshelled Sunflower Seeds
Un-frayed towels, handtowels, washcloths, and small polar fleece blankets,
polar fleece hats, receiving blankets