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The Natural History Center is a family-run business leading birding, nature, and adventure tours in Acadia National Park, Downeast Maine, and beyond. Whether you are interested in learning about birds or adding to your life-list, learning to kayak...more
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1814
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

I arranged this tour a year ago, because of all the great things I had read about Rich and the Natural History Center. My wife and I were not disappointed. We were with Lynn (from Kentucky-see her review). We agree with everything she said -...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Rich_TNHC, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you for the review, Alan. With The Natural History Center being a small business, reviews are an essential piece of our marketing plan. Also, it sure helps that Acadia National Park is such a beautiful place to share with our visiting friends. We hope...More

Reviewed October 28, 2018

We were going on a cruise that took us to Bar Harbor for the day and made plans ahead of time to tour Acadia and MDI with another couple on the ship who had booked Rich with the Natural History Center. What a great day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Rich_TNHC, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Lynn, thank you for the wonderful review! As you learned, we here at The Natural History Center LOVE Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, and Acadia National Park and I always feel so privileged to get to share my passion for the region. I was particularly...More

Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Rich is wonderful! He is so knowledgeable, interesting and a really nice person. He took our family of four for a half day of kayaking. He is a very experienced kayaker and naturalist with an appropriate focus on safety. Had we had more time in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Rich_TNHC, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Thank you for the kind words, Karen! I had great fun sharing my love for the area and passion for kayaking and the natural world. I do so hope you come back to visit and we get to see you again!

Reviewed July 4, 2018

We did a guided hike with Rich with our two kids - ages 7 and 9 - and two dogs on a spectacular trail in Acadia. Rich was great with the kids, got them so interested and engaged and made the hike very enjoyable while...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Rich_TNHC, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review! I always look forward to seeing you and your family. Having join me on an adventure in Acadia National Park is such a treat, what with the kids in your group being so curious. I look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed December 13, 2017

If you are looking to check species off your list and learn more about birds, Rich is the person to go with. He has years of experience and is incredibly knowledgeable. We identified over 20 species during our 3 hour excursion. We visited wonderful spots...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Richard M, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Julie, you are most certainly welcome! And thank you for the glowing review! It was a pleasure to have you finally be able to join The Natural History Center's Weekly Birding Tour. And I hope you will be able to join us again soon.

Reviewed August 1, 2017

Rich knows so much about not just birds, but the whole area of Acadia National Park / Mount Desert Island. Of course he was incredible with finding and identifying birds, even the small ones that would otherwise be impossible for us to ID. He taught...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Management response:Responded August 2, 2017

WOW! I want to go on a tour with this guy! Oh, wait, I am this guy. Thank you for the glowing review, Ying! Here at The Natural History Center, we are so fortunate in being able to pursue our passions as vocation. And when...More

Reviewed May 22, 2017

Rich can help you find anything from elusive warblers to quick hawks, and his background and experience give another dimension to experiencing nature. He's like a walking library full of field guides, history, and local knowledge--sometimes he teaches classes at College of the Atlantic. If...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed May 15, 2017

This was my first birding experience and It was a fantastic one thanks to Rich. He is a wonderful guide and teacher: friendly, patient, and understandable. He clearly has a high degree of expertise and he did a great job making sure both the inexperienced...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Management response:Responded May 23, 2017

Thank you for the great review! We here at The Natural History Center love to share the joy of nature. And one of the great rewards is when we get such glowing feedback. So thank you! And I hope you will join us on more...More

Reviewed May 8, 2017

Birding with Rich is incredibly great. His expertise and deep knowledge of birds (and other wildlife!) is impressive. Moreover, he sets novice birders at ease with his patient and friendly demeanor. His knowledge of the area translates into high numbers of bird sightings- and he...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Management response:Responded May 9, 2017

Thank you for the glowing review, Megan! Your kind words capture the essence of how we at The Natural History Center like to lead out tours, sharing our joy and passion for the natural world. I look forward to having you on future tours.

Reviewed May 6, 2017

I recently has the great pleasure of joining Rich on one of his birding tours. What an incredible experience! Birding is about so much more than just seeing a bird and Rich incorporates all of that into his tours- what types of habitat surrounds you...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Tracy H
Management response:Responded May 8, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review, Tracy! It is always a pleasure for us here at The Natural History Center to have people as enthusiastic as you on our tours--it is part of what makes us just love offering birding and nature tours and sharing...More

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March 21, 2016|
Response from Natural_History_Ctr | Property representative |
The Natural History Center has two types of tour options (note that prices are per group, up to six people): private guided tours with pricing starting at $175 for a 2.5-hour scenic tour of Acadia National Park to $400 for a... More