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Address: Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
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+1 207-266-9461
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Natural History Center is a family-run business based in Bar Harbor,...

The Natural History Center is a family-run business based in Bar Harbor, Maine, specializing in leading birding, nature, and adventure tours in the Acadia and Downeast region.

        Whether you are interested in learning about birds or adding to your life-list, learning to kayak or build on skills you already have, The Natural History Center has a staff of experts to help. Families with children of any age can go on tide-pool adventures. Go on a photo safari to capture birds or the hidden gems of the natural world. Take a scenic tour of Acadia National Park, learning about the history of the natural and cultural landscape. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in Acadia National Park is an excellent activity (February is a particularly good month to plan winter activities).

        Join The Natural History Center for any of your favorite outdoor adventures. Tours are generally geared to small or private groups. All ages and abilities are welcome; they will customize the tour to fit your interests and needs. Tours are available year-round. Their personable staff are sure to add to your visit to the Acadia region of Maine.

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Extremely knowledgeable and an amazing teacher

Rich can help you find anything from elusive warblers to quick hawks, and his background and experience give another dimension to experiencing nature. He's like a walking library... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Rich can help you find anything from elusive warblers to quick hawks, and his background and experience give another dimension to experiencing nature. He's like a walking library full of field guides, history, and local knowledge--sometimes he teaches classes at College of the Atlantic. If that weren't enough, Rich is kind, patient, and engaging. If you get the chance to... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first birding experience and It was a fantastic one thanks to Rich. He is a wonderful guide and teacher: friendly, patient, and understandable. He clearly has a high degree of expertise and he did a great job making sure both the inexperienced and experienced people on our tour felt engaged and absorbed. What an amazing way to... More 

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Thank littlerosebear
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Thank you for the great review! We here at The Natural History Center love to share the joy of nature. And one of the great rewards is when we get such glowing feedback. So thank you! And I hope you will join us on more birding tours during the summer. More 

Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Birding with Rich is incredibly great. His expertise and deep knowledge of birds (and other wildlife!) is impressive. Moreover, he sets novice birders at ease with his patient and friendly demeanor. His knowledge of the area translates into high numbers of bird sightings- and he has the scopes to help folks really see the details. In a short time, we... More 

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Thank molamola12
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Thank you for the glowing review, Megan! Your kind words capture the essence of how we at The Natural History Center like to lead out tours, sharing our joy and passion for the natural world. I look forward to having you on future tours. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently has the great pleasure of joining Rich on one of his birding tours. What an incredible experience! Birding is about so much more than just seeing a bird and Rich incorporates all of that into his tours- what types of habitat surrounds you gives clues to which birds you might see, bird behavior, bird songs, field marks and... More 

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Thank Tracy H
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Thank you for the wonderful review, Tracy! It is always a pleasure for us here at The Natural History Center to have people as enthusiastic as you on our tours--it is part of what makes us just love offering birding and nature tours and sharing our passion for the natural world. We look forward to you joining us again. More 

Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I had a terrific experience birding with Rich MacDonald this morning. He is a friendly, knowledgeable, and humble guide. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He is also extremely good at explaining where a bird actually is - if you've ever been birding, you know how frustrating it is when someone just shouts "there's a bird!" and you have... More 

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Thank ubeckford
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Thank you for the glowing review! Here at The Natural History Center, we LOVE the fact that we get to share our passion for the natural world, whether birding or some other adventure. Ursa, I only wish you did not have to leave early Wednesday as we continued to see good birds. I hope you will join us again. More 

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Today I went with Rich MacDonald. And I had the experience of a life time. We chased after the Prothonotary Warbler and couldn't find it. But we saw other great birds. Definitely worth the time or the week.

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Thank Collin L
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Thank you for the review, Collin. As always, it was a pleasure to go birding with you and your father. For a spontaneous bird tour, we did well with 43 species! The birds are returning! More 

Maine
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I just had another thoroughly enjoyable outing (second this season!) with Rich MacDonald, expert birder, on an otherwise raw, cold gray Maine morning! Once again, Rich shared his love and enthusiasm of all things related to birds, and we admired his agility at locating, identifying and sharing his vast knowledge with us. He answered a multitude of questions by us... More 

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Thank odysseyfour
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WOW! Thank you for the wonderful review! You make me wish I could go on one of my tours as a participant rather than the leader. It has been fun having you on our Weekly Birding Tour and look forward to seeing you again this week. Thanks again fore the fabulous review! More 

Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I have been on several birding and nature trips with Rich on Mount Desert Island. They are consistently interesting, fun and go by too quickly! In additional to his knowledge and experience of where to find birds, Rich puts the sightings in the broader context of bird populations, habitat, and migration patterns. He provides information about where to look for... More 

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Thank Birder2017
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Thank you for the glowing review! It has been a pleasure having you join us on our weekly birding tours this winter and I look forward to seeing you on more of them. We really strive to make birding fun, accessible to everyone, and an opportunity for growth. More 

Tabernacle, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

My husband (35) and I (27) were on vacation in Acadia National Park and wanted to do something on the water other than a whale watching tour. We both have kayaked in the past and thought that might be fun. Eventually, we found Rich at the Natural History Center as he was actually recommended by another company whom I called... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Christina, thank you for the glowing review. We here at The Natural History Center believe one of the benefits of our tours is the fact that by offering private-guided adventures, each outing is customized to the individual(s) we take. Your high praise shows we have succeeded again. It was a joy to take you and Chuck out and I look... More 

Plattsburgh, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Looking for nature-based books, toys, and equipment? Want to explore the outdoors, including the birds, in Acadia National Park with the expertise of a friendly, knowledgeable guide? Do you want personal attention and shopping experience or a tour filled with fun? Then The Natural History Center is a must see experience when in Bar Harbor any time of the year!... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Kathryn, you have a way with words -- well, you should, you are an English teacher, after all. Everyone here at The Natural History Center always look forward to seeing you and Barry. I hope you can join us on another adventure soon! More 

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