Operating since early in the 1960’s, the Augusta Nature Education Center has been providing Augusta area residents and visitors with a unique and free opportunity to understand and enjoy Maine’s plants and wildlife in a beautiful natural setting, all within minutes of downtown Augusta along Whitney Brook. The Center is open to everyone 365 days a year during daylight hours. When you visit our Center you will find nearly 5 miles of trail that wind throughout 175 acres of meadow and forest revealing historic granite quarries, small waterfalls, quiet lily ponds, active beaver ponds, and other flowers and wildlife that are native to Maine. It is important to note that the Center does not permit motorized vehicles of any kind at any time.
The Center is located to the North by South Belfast Ave (Route 105) and to the South by Cony Street. On the west side is the Hodgkins Middle School and on the east side is the Vocational Technical Center and the new CONY high school.
Check it out at www.augustanaturecenter.com
A bit of HISTORY
In 1919, the Ball Bird Club was started by a group of Augusta residents and named after the Reverend Dwight Ball. By 1928, the emphasis migrated from birding to a general nature agenda and the Club was renamed the Augusta Nature Club. Beginning in 1932, the Club began looking for land to establish a nature sanctuary. In the early 1960’s, a major partnership was undertaken by the City, the Rotary Club and the Augusta Nature Club to acquire land and in 1972, with major parcels of abutting land deeded to the Augusta Nature Club, the Augusta Nature Education Center changed from a dream, to the reality of a nature educational preserve in downtown Augusta.
The Augusta Nature Club also manages the Augusta Nature Education Center located immediately adjacent to the Capitol Area Vocational Center and the site of the new CONY High School complex that opened in September of 2006. The Center is comprised of 175 acres of undeveloped natural habitat with 5 miles of trails. Open during daylight hours every day without any fee, anyone can enjoy a remarkable “wilderness” just minutes from downtown Augusta.