The Nature Center, operated by the National Park Service in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island (see history), provides answers to some of the most important questions regarding the natural balances and dynamics at play. Issues covered range from the air quality to the roles that fires play, and the variety of wildlife hat has been seen recently in the park. There are several interesting and informative displays and a friendly person is available during regular season to answer your questions. This is a good place to begin your journey through the park and to gain an appreciation for this amazing resource. There is a Park Loop Road entrance just south of Bar Harbor on Route 3 immediately after the Jackson Labs facility. The turn to enter the Nature Center parking area is between Route 3 and the Park Loop Road.
When you drive into the parking area, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. But park, and leave your vehicle to begin the exploration. You quickly will discover the original Abbe Museum and the Wild Gardens of Acadia in the same general area. There are beautiful paths and walking trails throughout that add to the enchanting experience. (pictures) Take a leisurely stroll and be sure to, not only look around you, but also to look down at the ground. If you love nature, and want to learn more about the beginning of Acadia National Park, be sure to set aside a little time to visit here. You may also want to checkout the Park Visitor Center at Hull Cove on the northwest side of the Bar Harbor business district as well.
Open: Mid-June through late September
Location: 2 Miles South of Bar Harbor of Route 3 at Sieur de Monts Spring
GPS: Latitude 44.362097; Longitude -68.207830
Free Seasonal Bus Service*
*Bus Service (In-Season) is provided by Island Explorer Shuttle Bus
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