Located seven miles southeast of Bangor, in Holden and Orrington, Fields Pond Audubon Center features a Nature Center, an 191-acre pond, and a 229-acre sanctuary with trails winding through field, wetland, forest, and lakeshore.
The center offers dozens of public programs year-round, 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 visitor center is also available to rent for meetings, weddings, or other gatherings.
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.
Maine Audubon sanctuaries are free and open to the public year round, dawn to dusk. Dogs, even while leashed, are not allowed in our wildlife sanctuaries, as their presence can be disruptive to wildlife.
Visitor Center Hours: Please call the center (207-989-2591) before visiting to confirm it is open
Tuesday-Friday, 10 am–4 pm; Saturday 10 am to 2 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
(Check the Fields Pond Facebook page for the most up to date opening times. )
Directions & Contact
Fields Pond Audubon Center
216 Fields Pond Rd.
Holden, ME 04429
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.
Trails range from level, mowed paths through fields to steep, rocky trails deep in the forest.
The Ravine Trail winds through a hemlock forest overlooking a ravine and features rock stairways and stepping stones across a small stream.
The Lake Shore Trail features a 300-foot boardwalk through a floodplain swamp and good views of Fields Pond and its 22-acre island.
The Beechwood Trail creates several longer hiking loop options around the sanctuary, connecting the waterfront and Lake Shore trail to the interior of the property. This heavily forested trail passes through a stand of American Beech trees. Beechnuts are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals such as mice, squirrels, black bears, foxes, ruffed grouse, turkeys, blue jays, and nuthatches.
The Marsh Trail runs along the edge of the wetlands and pocket fields near the Nature Center.
The Fern Trail forms a loop with the Marsh Trail and Ravine Trail. It goes through a forested wetland, with a diversity of tree species. Raised bog bridging allows dry-footed access to this forested wetland.
The Brook Trail connects the Ravine Trail to the Lake Shore Trail. Follow the brook through mature forest and look for animal tracks along the way!
The sanctuary provides year-round habitat for wildlife ranging from small salamanders and tree frogs to more than 130 bird species, to bear, and even moose. In early spring, the center comes alive with the sounds of owls and frogs. Warblers, bluebirds, orioles, and tanagers are among the late spring and summer winged visitors. At least 20 varieties of butterflies have been recorded at the sanctuary, visiting feeders and the wildlife-friendly garden surrounding the Nature Center. In autumn, hawks soar over the fall foliage, and in winter, the sanctuary is crisscrossed with tracks of weasels, hares, fishers, fox, bobcats,and coyotes.
In 1994, Maine Audubon acquired 192 acres by bequest from the estate of the late Katherine Curran. The Curran family kept cows, harvested ice from the pond in winter, and cut wood from the forest. Their gift of land included 1,600 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.