Acadia Nature Center
If you accessed Acadia National Park from Route 3 just south of Bar Harbor, there is a road immediately to your left that takes you a short distance to the Nature Center. Within the building are several interesting and informative displays covering a range of subjects such as air quality, the role that fires play in the park, to the variety of wildlife recently seen. A friendly person is present and available to answer your questions.
There is much more to discover here, however. Sieur de Monts Spring is located behind the building to the left. This has major historical importance regarding the development of the park and it is worth learning about.
To the right of the building is the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Managed by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, it reflects the typical habitats as found on Mount Desert Island with over 300 native plant species labeled for easy identification.
Also, located here is the original Abbe Museum whose focus is on the Native American culture and its history in Maine. Behind the Nature Center, follow the path to the left past Sieur de Monts Spring and you will see a building at the top of a little hill.
Nature Center GPS: Latitude 44.362097; Longitude -68.207830
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