Located seven miles southeast of Bangor, Fields Pond Audubon Center features a modern visitor center, an 85-acre pond, and a 192-acre sanctuary with trails winding through field, wetland, forest, and lakeshore.
The center offers dozens of year-round public programs, a Maine Audubon Nature Store, and day camps for children. The variety of habitats and trails at Fields Pond Audubon Center are ideal for nature study, wildlife-watching, walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
The Center provides a variety of guided and self-guided walks, exhibits, and nature trails. All guided programs are led by trained naturalists. Walking tours and specially designed programs are available for groups at a discounted price.
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Nature walks, seasonally-appropriate tours, and specially designed programs are available for groups at a discounted price. Open to groups of all ages including school classes, community groups, families, and Scout troops, all guided programs are led by trained naturalists and introduce participants to the environment around them. Teachers receive a packet including pre- and post-trip activities, natural history information, and resources. Please contact us for more information.
Maine Audubon acquired 192 acres by bequest from the estate of the late Katherine Curran in 1994.
The Curran family kept cows, harvested ice from the pond in winter, and cut wood from the forest. Their gift of land included 1600 feet of lakeshore, a stream and ravine, several wetlands, fields, forest, and a 22-acre island in Fields Pond.
In the winter of 1998, Maine Audubon opened the L. Robert Rolde Nature Center, named after the Bangor- born, nature-loving father of a lead donor. To create a “green” building, Maine Audubon staff and volunteers worked with the architects to reduce waste, conserve energy, reuse natural resources, and use products that don’t pollute the earth and atmosphere.
216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429
Easiest directions: At Exit 5 from I-395, go RIGHT on Parkway South for 0.3 mile. Go RIGHT on Dirigo Drive 0.5 mile. Go RIGHT on Green Point Road 0.8 mile. Go LEFT on Wiswell Road 1.5 miles. At Fields Pond Road, go RIGHT 1 mile. Audubon Center is on LEFT.
From the North or South via I-95: Take Exit 182A to I-395, direction of Brewer. Proceed about 3 miles (crossing over the Penobscot River) then take the “Parkway South” exit from I-395. Turn left from the exit, continue on Parkway South to a four-way junction. Turn left on Elm Street, which becomes Wiswell Road in about a mile. Continue on Wiswell Road to Fields Pond Road (on right). Nature Center is well marked on Fields Pond Road.
From the East and the Coast: from Route 1A take a left onto either Copeland Hill Road (in Holden) or Green Point Road (near McDonald’s in Brewer). Turn onto Wiswell Road, follow to Fields Pond Road. Audubon Center is well marked on Fields Pond Road.