"A Diamond in the Rough"

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.


  • Every day (Daylight Only)
  • FREE entry at all times


  • Walking
  • Running
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Wildlife Observation
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Mountain Biking
  • All other non-motorized daylight activity is welcomed.


  • ATV's
  • Snowmobiles
  • All motorized activity of any kind is prohibited.
  • Camping
  • Cutting vegetation
  • Digging
  • Hunting of any kind
  • Horseback Riding


  • Dogs must be on a leash as required by City regulations.
  • Dog waste must be removed immediately.


  • "Leave no trace" of your visit.
  • Please carry out all litter including cigarette filters.


  • A copy of the current Trail Map may be printed (full screen) if you click on the mini map .     
  • A current Trail Map is also available at all Augusta Nature Club meetings.



Native Maine Flowers

Deadman's Cave

One of the Quarries

Lily Pond


Who ate the bark?

Kids at Nature Camp

Groups who visit include:

Science students from CONY High School, Capitol Area Vocational Technical School

Vo-tech Pre-school Kids and Evening Adult Students

Kents Hill Students: Day of Caring

Maine Conservation Corps

Augusta City Arborist Tours

Hallowell Painting Club

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