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Each of Maine Audubon’s eight wildlife centers and sanctuaries across Maine offers unique opportunities to explore different ecosystems and habitats and to see a wide variety of wildlife.

Our eight centers and sanctuaries have walking trails that are open dawn to dusk, daily, for free, and we encourage you to find respite through nature. Our sanctuaries protect various types of wildlife and wildlife habitat, provide space for passive recreation, and help engage local communities. We encourage you to enjoy our sanctuaries responsibly and ask that you please respect a few core policies that help us preserve and promote the wild and scenic nature of these lands.  Please read our COVID-19 guidelines before visiting a center.

× In order to sustain local wildlife populations, we ask that you leave your furry friends at home. Just the scent of a foreign predator can be enough to deter many species, and dog waste has many negative impacts on the landscape, including but not limited to negatively impacting water quality, introducing many harmful bacteria and parasites, and encouraging the growth of invasive species. 

Registered service animals for those with disabilities are permitted. 

  • Walking and hiking
  • Picnicking (carry in, carry out, we have no trash facilities)
  • Wildlife observation and birdwatching (Bring your binoculars!)
  • Fishing (please adhere to all state licensing and regulations)
  • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Personal Photography (please see our commercial use policy)
  • Hunting/Trapping: please leave all weapons at home
  • Riding motorized vehicles and bicycles (except for motorized wheelchairs or related equipment for individuals with disabilities)
  • Fires or open flames of any kind
  • Drones
  • Overnight camping or parking (sanctuaries are closed dusk to dawn)
  • Collecting plants or other natural features

NOTE: Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area is owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; allowable uses are different there than at sanctuaries owned by Maine Audubon.

For questions regarding any type of use not listed above, please look at our sanctuary-specific guidelines or contact our Director of Properties at

Our eight centers and sanctuaries: Maine Map with Maine Audubon sanctuaries  
  1. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Elliotsville
  2. Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
  3. Josephine Newman Audubon Sanctuary, Georgetown
  4. Hamilton Audubon Sanctuary, West Bath
  5. Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary, Freeport
  6. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
  7. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Scarborough
  8. East Point Audubon Sanctuary, Biddeford
Our facilities at Gilsland Farm and Fields Pond are available to rent, and are a favorite for receptions, retreats, meetings, parties, and other events. We also regularly feature art and other exhibits in our gallery at Gilsland Farm.