We are pleased to announce the opening of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center! As with most businesses, our procedures have changed to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. We are strictly following the state and federal CDC guidelines and ask all visitors to wear face coverings until they are in their boats, to keep proper social distancing of six feet while they are on land, and to stay home if they have any symptoms. Visitors from out of state must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state or have valid paperwork showing they have a negative COVID-19 test result (certain states are exempt; please check the Maine CDC website for updates). Equipment will be disinfected using a 70% alcohol solution after each use.
We are now open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5:30 pm. Please note: All of our interactions with the public will be outdoors and our nature center and buildings are closed.
Canoe and Kayak Rentals
All rentals require a reservation. Visit maineaudubon.org/canoe to reserve rental boats (must reserve at least 24 hours in advance). For same day rentals, please call 207.883.5100. You will get a confirmation email with a link to fill out a participant agreement form electronically; please complete this before you come!
Rent a canoe or kayak and take a self-guided tour of the meandering Dunstan River to explore the unique habitat of the salt marsh.
- Rental Hours: 9 am–4 pm, and the last boat has to be back by 5 pm
- Friday–Wednesday $20/hour; $28/1.5 hours; $35/2 hours ($45 maximum)
- Maine Residents Discount Thursday – Cost: $16/hour; $23/1.5 hours; $30/2 hours ($45 maximum)
- At least one person in your group must be 18 years or older
- Children must be at least 4 years old
- Dogs are not permitted in the canoes
Reservations are required for all canoe tours. Please call 207.883.5100 to reserve your spot.
We will take the necessary information and process payment over the phone. You will get a confirmation email with a link to fill out a participant agreement form electronically; please complete this before you come!
Guided Canoe Tours: Discover wildlife and plants along the saltwater river habitat in your own canoe. A Maine Audubon naturalist will lead the tour.
Wednesday through Sunday, 10–11:30 am, $13/adult, $11/child
Full Moon Canoe Tours: Experience the sights and sounds of the marsh creatures under the full moon.
August 1, 2, 3 7:30 pm
September 1, 2 7 pm
Members $14, Nonmembers $16
Sunset Canoe Tours: See the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts, and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh.
July 19, August 18, 19, 6 pm
Members $14, Nonmembers $16
We will be doing our Bird Monitoring community science projects on July 25 (9:30 am to noon) and August 22 (7:30 to 10 am). We will not be having a large group gathering beforehand so we will need people to register ahead of time. They will be assigned locations to monitor around the marsh. To do this call 207-883-5100 or email [email protected].
The Plant and Insect Biodiversity Day will not be happening as usual. Instead we ask people with this expertise to contact us and we will assign them a part of the marsh to monitor at their convenience using iNaturalist and recording in our Scarborough Marsh Project.
We will be having our weekly Bird and Marsh Walks. The Bird Walks will be from 7 to 8:30 am on Wednesdays ($5/person) and the Marsh Walks will be on Wednesdays from 10:30 am to noon ($7/person). Proper social distancing and face coverings will be required.
We look forward to sharing this beautiful and unique habitat with you in a safe manner. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us by email [email protected] or call 207-883-5100.
(Updated July 10, 2020)