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Beachcombers' Nature Center

Beachcombers' Rest Celebrating 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 .. more

Joan and Diane at Beachcombers' Rest Nature Center
Joan and Diane Started It All!

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 town 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. Interested in volunteering at the Nature Center – email
or call 207-563-2196

Directions: Click on the green arrow below for an interactive map to Beachcombers' Rest at Pemaquid Beach – or simply click here.

     DIRECTIONS: From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Route 130) about 12 miles. Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Hanna's Store) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park (there's also a smaller Beachcombers' Rest Nature Center sign). BRNC is in the pavilion.

Founders at the Beachcombers' Rest Nature Center Joan Lyford (left) and Diane Perry (right)




Information for the 2014 season will be posted here when it is available.

Ecology of the beach is complex and fascinating. PWA has created a Pemaquid Beach Interpretive Guide that is available at the nature center, and also can be downloaded here - check it out!

TOUCH TANK dates and times will be posted here.

The schedule for weekly events will be posted here.



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Map to Beachcomber's Rest