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Internship Opportunities

Merryspring Nature Center is looking to recruit Summer Stewardship Interns for June 25 to August 18.

Interns must be at least 16 years of age. They will be responsible for identifying and removing invasive plants, and assisting with general stewardship of Merryspring’s trail network. The work will include the use of hand tools to clear trails of brush and debris.  Interns must supply their own outdoor clothing, sturdy boots, water bottles, backpacks, and be able to deal with bugs and all types of weather. Merryspring Nature Center will provide training.
If interested, please call (207)236-2239 or email

• Invasive plant remediation
• General trail stewardship
• 16 years of age or older
• 2 days a week from June 25 – August 18
• $15 per hour

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About the first 50 years

Merryspring was founded in 1974 by Mary Ellen Ross, a local horticulturist who had attained national recognition through her mail-order plant business, Merry Gardens. She envisioned creating a sanctuary where horticulture and nature could be studied firsthand. When the 66 acres that make up the Nature Center came on the market, Mrs. Ross enlisted the help of many friends in the horticultural community and bought an option on the land. Merryspring, Inc., a nonprofit, member-supported corporation, was formed to develop, maintain and operate the property as a nature park and horticultural center and to provide nature-based educational programs.

Since then, the Park has enjoyed steady growth under the guidance of many dedicated volunteers, trustees, and staff. New attractions have been added regularly: Hiking Trails throughout the 1970s, the Kitty Todd Arboretum in 1980, the Herb Garden in 1984, the Hexagon in 1987, the Rose Garden and Cottage in 1990, the Perennial Border in 1992, and assorted Memorials to individuals located throughout the park.

Another burst of activity began in 1995 when Merryspring embarked on building a visitor’s center. Completed in 1996, the Ross Center houses Merryspring’s administrative office, meeting room, Nature Library, and basement workspace for volunteers and staff. This project was a catalyst for other additions: the Hosta Garden in 1997, the Birds and Bees/Winter Color Garden in 1999, the Aileen Lubin Greenhouse in 1999, and the American Chestnut Breeding Orchard in 1999. Newer additions at Merryspring include the Daylily Garden in 2008, the Interpretive Trail in 2013, and a renewed Children’s Garden in 2015.

Today, 50 years after its founding, Merryspring is thriving with about 500 members and thousands of visitors each year.

What our visitors are saying

Thank you to everyone who has visited Merryspring and left such wonderful comments. We welcome your feedback.

We walked the trails at Merryspring and were delighted to hear the “quacking” of the Wood frogs in the Vernal pool. What a welcome quack it was!  I don’t know how long this goes on, but to have hit the right moment was terrific.  And of course the signs of little green shoots everywhere.


I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for the beautiful refuge of Merryspring. I walked the trails this morning for about an hour and a half, and so appreciate the silence and stillness, the recent trail improvements, and the colorful map. Thank you so much for Merryspring.


My friend and I enjoyed very much several hours of walking around the gardens, then sitting in the gazebo and chatting while I worked on an embroidery project.  It was cool, quiet and quite restful.

Thank you for providing such a nice space!


Educational Outreach

Outdoor Learning at Merryspring

With gardens, hiking trails, varied habitats, and indoor and outdoor teaching space, Merryspring provides the perfect location for learning and discovery. We work individually with teachers to develop field trip programs based on their needs and classroom curriculum. Popular topics include birding, insects and pollinators, the water cycle and weather, vernal pools and amphibians, native plant and tree identification, gardening, astronomy and general nature walks.

Off-site Classroom Visits

Merryspring often visits schools, museums, and other non-profit groups for indoor and outdoor presentations. Popular programs include wildlife identification with skins and skulls, outdoor nature walks, owl pellets, and winter tracking.

How to Book

Merryspring Nature Center is located at 30 Conway Road in Camden, behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. All bookings are handled on an individual basis. Field trips and classroom outreach are always free, though donations are welcome. Bus parking is available. Please note that multiple chaperones may be required for large groups.

For complete details, please visit the Merryspring Educational Outreach page. Email John Fromer, Program Director at

Gardens and grounds

Gardens at Merryspring

Unlike other nature preserves, Merryspring features several beautiful gardens for you to enjoy!  Merryspring hosts the gorgeous Maine Daylily Society planting, a large herb garden, perennial gardens and new native shrub border.  Please visit our gardens section or better yet, visit Merryspring!

Merryspring Trails

Merryspring has almost 4 miles of trails on its 66-acre property. On the rustic forest trails, you will explore different ecosystems.  Follow the grassy meadow paths to see birds and insects or just enjoy the open spaces.

The Vernal Pool

Merryspring’s Vernal Pool features wood frogs and spotted salamanders in the spring.  Carefully examining their egg clusters is a highlight of visiting school groups.  Many species of wild flowers surround the pool along with several species of insects and invertabrates. Learn more about the Vernal Pool here.

Fairy Village

You’re never too old for Fairy Village!  Kids of all ages are welcome to build new houses and forts or fix up existing ones.  Don’t mis the Wizards House! Discover more about Fairy Village here.

Kitty Todd Arboretum

The Kitty Todd Arboretum was dedicated in 1981 with a planting of 35 native tree species in one of the most diverse habitats at Merryspring.  Maps and more information is available here.

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Weddings at Merryspring

A garden setting, a living symbol of renewal, is a lovely way to reflect the joy and beauty of your special day. Merryspring’s stunning gardens offer an outdoor hexagon, perfect for small ceremonies, and event lawn encircled by flower beds filled with spectacular color June through September.

Nearby, a field provides convenient parking for guests.  Adjacent to the gardens, a small conference room with a deck overlooking the gardens can accommodate up to 30 people.

If you have questions or more information, please contact the Merryspring office at or 207-236-2239.

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