Natural History Center the natural history center
calendar calendar


All of our products are available to be ordered by mail. The following is a small sample of the items we carry in our store. To place an order, please call 207/801-2617 or email us at (And look to 2013 for our on-line store.)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
By David Allen Sibley

This is the portable guide every birder wants to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species plus regional populations found east of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include stunningly accurate illustrations—more than 4,200 in total—with descriptive caption text pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry contains text concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Accounts also include maps created from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent. This book has become one of the standards of excellence in bird identification guides.


The Plants of Acadia National Park
By Glen H. Mittelhauser, Linda L. Gregory,
Sally C. Rooney, and Jill E. Weber

In association with the Garden Club of Mount Desert, Friends of Acadia, and the Maine Natural History Observatory, the University of Maine Press has produced the definitive guide to plants found in and around Acadia National Park. Its 530 pages include over 2,200 color photographs, maps, keys to plants, historical records, a glossary of botanical terms, and index. This volume presents scientific descriptions of 862 plant species, including wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges, rushes, trees, and shrubs.


Backyard Birding for Kids: A Field Guide & Activities
By Fran Lee

This fun field guide will help you identify backyard birds, build your own bird feeder, make a birdbath dripper, plant a hummingbird-friendly garden, start a bird-watching club, create a bird-watching notebook, and much, much more. Open your eyes and ears and get ready to go birding

Price: $9.99

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
By Mark Obmascik

A dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of three obsessive men as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest birding contest of all time. With an engaging, unflappably wry humor, Obmascik memorializes their wild and crazy exploits and, along the way, interweaves an entertaining smattering of science about birds and their own strange behavior with a brief history of other bird-men and -women; turns out even Audubon pushed himself beyond the brink when he was chasing and painting the birds of America. This is a lark of a read for anyone with birds on the brain ― or not.


The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: A Book About Food Chains

It's beach day, and the whole class is excited. Everyone except Arnold and Keesha, that is. They forgot their report on two beach things that go together. All Arnold and Keesha have is a tunafish sandwich and some smelly green pond scum. What could those two things possibly have in common? “The best way to learn about something is to jump right in,” Ms. Frizzle announces. A second later the bus dives right into the ocean! Come on an underwater adventure and learn about food chains.


Nikon binoculars

We are a dealer for Nikon binoculars. Nikon makes some of the best and most affordable optics on the market. We stock a range of models from introductory to advanced, including:

  • Sportstar 10x25
  • Action 8x40
  • Trailblazer 10x42 H2O Proof ATB

$69.95 – $210.00


BIRD-OPOLY is a game based on our fabulous feathered friends. Game play is for 2-6 players, ages 8 and up. It has all the fun of a traditional property trading game with some fancy flying twists and turns. The game features backyard, rare, and favorite birds of North America and each Bird Deed is filled with fun facts about the bird. When playing the game you can choose to be, among others, a hummingbird, a birdbath, or a pair of binoculars! Trade your bird houses in for a big tree and you’ll be the big winner in Bird-opoly. We also stock other fun “opoly” games, including Bug-opoly, Earth-opoly, Ocean-opoly, and Wild Animal-opoly.



A game of chance and unpredictability that is fun as well as educational. Inspired by a 2000 mile walk of the Appalachian Trail. Small enough to be tossed in your backpack, it makes for a great travel game whether you are on an epic adventure or camping out in the backyard. Ages 5-105.



John Rivers photography

Local bird photographer John Rivers takes exquisite photos of our local birdlife. He has an ever-broadening collection of photos presenting the birds in vivid detail. Matted and framed prints are available in both standard and custom sizes. The “Three Amigos” is one of John’s most popular prints. Browse John’s photos at The Natural History Center or on the 3 Rivers’ Photography Web site. John is happy to custom print at most any size. If you order from John directly, please tell him The Natural History Center sent you.

$25.00 – $100.00

Festive Fish note cards

Maine artist Alison Bramhall creates the festive designs of Festive Fish. These whimsical illustrations meld the harmony of the natural world with a functional products we can all use.

$4.95 each

Break your own geode

Geology is the bedrock of the natural world and these geodes are an excellent way to glimpse the foundations of the world. These thin-walled geodes are imported from Mexico and are usually lined with crystals. Every geode is unique and their mineral and internal crystal formations can only be truly discovered when cracked open. 90% of these small geodes are filled with beautiful and intriguing crystals.


By Joby

The GorillaPod is the world’s first flexible, hands-free tripod. With this mini, lightweight tripod, you can take crisp photos in low light, join the group shot without stretching out your arm or capture the perfect angle from a tree, pole or wherever your next adventure may take you. Choose from a variety of colors: gray, blue, green, pink, yellow, red, or orange.


Soda bottle bird feeder

Be environment-friendly, recycle a soda bottle and feed the birds! A sturdy zinc adapter can be hung or mounted on a pole.


Smurfs / Schtroumpfs / Schlümpfe / Puffi

Smurfs originated in Belgium, ancestral home to The Natural History Center’s Natalie. These are the original, blue-skinned nature lovers made famous once again with the latest Hollywood incarnation. We have a large selection of Smurf figurines. Collect them, play with them, love them.


Location Seasonal Hours
Contact Us
Get the News facebook tripadvisor