May 1 to May 31:
Daily: Wednesdays through Sundays (only): 10:00am to 5:00pm
*June 1 through October 31:
Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm
On Wednesdays: 10:00am to 7:00pm (seasonally)
*The center is closed every year on the July 4th Holiday.
November 1 to April 30:
Center will be closed
ADDITIONAL NOTE: When the center is closed for the season, the online store will remain open. We apologize for any inconveniences.
Project Puffin Visitor Center, located at 311 Main Street in downtown Rockland, opened its doors officially on July 1, 2006. The long anticipated center introduces people of all ages to the amazing lives of puffins and other Maine seabirds. The Center celebrates the success of Project Puffin in bringing puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back to historic nesting islands. Here the public can view puffins and other seabirds in real time through a remarkable video system that delivers live video to the Center. Visitors can also learn about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands and beaches.
The center is packed with fun, educational, and interactive exhibits for people of all ages, including:
- Real-time video images and sounds of puffins and other seabirds from remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles south of Rockland, thanks to robotic cameras funded by grants from MBNA Foundation and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund.
- A theater featuring the 20-minute film Project Puffin about exceptional people taking innovative action to bring puffins and other seabirds back to the Maine coast
- Maps and exhibits (including a crawl into puffin burrow and an actual size observation blind for children). The exhibits highlight Audubon's conservation work on Maine seabird islands, and facts about wildlife conservation, seabird adaptations, bird-band reading and birds' life histories
- A gallery exhibiting seabird art and photography and a gift shop featuring nature-related books, videos and clothing as well as educational material and information about joining and supporting Audubon's work in Maine
- Schedules and other information about seabird-watching boat tours to Maine islands
- Descriptions of residential programs for youth and adults at historic Hog Island Audubon Camp in midcoast Maine
- Additional information about Audubon's work for wildlife conservation in Maine