The Gardens at Birdsacre - A Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteer Project

Trip Planner

Getting Here

The Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary, also known locally as Birdsacre, is located on Route 3 in Ellsworth, Maine, ¼ mile east of the Route 1 intersection.  Route 3 is a major highway leading to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.

The Gardens

The Heirloom Cottage Garden borders the Stanwood Museum which is visible from Route.3.  The Woodland Gardens boardwalk is located behind the Nature Center beyond the parking lot. 


The Woodlands Gardens boardwalk is accessed via a steep gravel road.  Persons with mobility limitations may drive their vehicle down the gravel road and park adjacent to the boardwalk. Some assistance may be necessary if one decides to walk down the road. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and includes handrails and numerous benches.  The Nature Center is wheelchair accessible. Some assistance may be needed to utilize the restroom.


A vast network of walking trails traverses the 200-acre sanctuary encompassing a diversity of environments. Spring is an excellent time to see and hear a variety of warblers who are summer or year-round residents. Pick up a trail map at the shelter in the parking lot.

Please practice Leave No Trace stewardship when visiting the Sanctuary.

Current Weather in Ellsworth.

Other Gardens within one hour of Birdsacre

The Wild Gardens of Acadia located in Acadia National Park at Sieur de Monts. 
Open year round. (Free)

Asticou Azalea Gardens and Thuya Gardens, Northeast Harbor (Free)

Beatrix Farrand Society- Garland Farm, Mount Desert Island
Garland Farm is open for tours by appointment only from May through October.

Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden, Southwest Harbor (Free)

Gardens at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor (Free)

Orono Bog Boardwalk, Orono, ME (Free)

Woodland Gardens at Colonel Black Mansion (Free)

The Rockefeller Gardens in Seal Harbor are open to the public one day a week in July and August by advanced reservations only. Contact the Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce for more information (207) 276-5040.