In 2003, the PWA formed a partnership with the Town of Bristol Parks & Recreation Commission to open Beachcombers’ Rest, a nature center located in the pavilion at Pemaquid Beach Park.
In addition to its displays and interactive exhibits, the Center serves as base of operations for a variety of multidisciplinary programs that draw upon beach resources. The overall intent is to foster awareness and appreciation for the local environment, thereby helping to ensure that this rare and remarkable beach will be enjoyed by future generations of beachgoers.
Nature Center Hours
The Center opens in July and runs through the end of August, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 to 3:30 (weather permitting). Closed Sunday and Monday.
Summer Events at the Nature Center
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Pemaquid Beach Interpretive Guide
Nature Center Programs
Every Friday in July and August from 10:30 to noon, and at varied times on some Saturdays as well, Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center offers special events such as educational workshops, diving show-and-tells, treasure hunts, celebrations, and sand sculpture contests. All events are open to the public.
Please note: Space is limited. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the workshop and gather in the community room on the right side of the pavilion. Programs are free unless otherwise indicated, but donations are gladly accepted. Nature Center visitors and program participants must pay the Town of Bristol admission fee to Pemaquid Beach Park. Programs are held rain or shine.
See the 2017 Schedule of Events.
Enjoy a touch tank on Tuesdays in July and August from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., courtesy of the Gulf of Maine Foundation and Darling Marine Center. The touch tank allows you to experience first-hand many of the animals and plants that inhabit our coastal waters. Participants are encouraged to enjoy gentle handling of the creatures, observation, drawing, and discussion. There is a period from 11:30 to noon of “quiet no-touch time” to give the critters a rest. Sponsored by The Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund.
Nature Center News
- Beachcombers’ Rest Celebrates 10 Years! 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center. In 2003, two Pemaquid Watershed Association members who live in Bristol had a wild idea. These two friends shared a passion for the ocean, beach environment, art, and teaching. They came up with the idea of having a nature center at Pemaquid Beach Park where they could merge science and creativity with marine education.
On behalf of PWA, they proposed their idea to the Town of Bristol, which owns the Park, and a partnership was born. This year Beachcombers’ Rest Nature … Read more →