Part of any vacation to Camden Maine ought to include a visit to the Merryspring Nature Center. The Merryspring Nature Center is a non-profit, privately-owned 66-acre preserve and education center located in both Camden and Rockport, Maine. Merryspring has a number of nature trails and lush gardens that makes for an interesting outdoor stroll. This nature center is operated by a non-profit organization which holds educational talks and workshops throughout the year.
The Merryspring Nature Center is open year round on a daily basis with free public access. The place is open from sunrise to sunset and you will be able to enjoy well-groomed trails and abundant wildlife without the crowds that are typically associated with some of the other more popular Camden attractions. Merryspring Nature Center has an open meadow where dogs can run free and dozens of trails waiting to be discovered. The gardens are well-kept as well. There is a garden especially made for children.
Merryspring Nature Center was founded by a horticulturist named Mary Ellen Ross in 1974. Mary Ellen Ross had a mail-order plant business and bought the land where the Merryspring Nature Center stands with the help of her friends. Today, it is a haven for nature lovers to learn about and enjoy plant life, the outdoors here in Maine, and the local natural habitat.