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Rich is wonderful! He is so knowledgeable, interesting and a really nice person. He took our family... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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So engaging, knowledgable, fun and edcucational!!

We did a guided hike with Rich with our two kids - ages 7 and 9 - and two dogs on a spectacular... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank KarenS8702
Rich_TNHC, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 4 July 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

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Rich_TNHC, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 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 13 December 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

Thank JulieMDI
Richard M, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 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 1 August 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

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Management response:Responded 3 August 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 23 May 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

Thank aschuver
Reviewed 16 May 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

Thank littlerosebear
Management response:Responded 23 May 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 8 May 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

Thank molamola12
Management response:Responded 10 May 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 6 May 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

Thank Tracy H
Management response:Responded 9 May 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

Reviewed 13 April 2017

I had a terrific experience birding with Rich MacDonald this morning. He is a friendly, knowledgeable, and humble guide. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He is also extremely good at explaining where a bird actually is - if you've ever been birding, you...More

Thank ubeckford
Management response:Responded 14 April 2017

Thank you for the glowing review! Here at The Natural History Center, we LOVE the fact that we get to share our passion for the natural world, whether birding or some other adventure. Ursa, I only wish you did not have to leave early Wednesday...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

Today I went with Rich MacDonald. And I had the experience of a life time. We chased after the Prothonotary Warbler and couldn't find it. But we saw other great birds. Definitely worth the time or the week.

Thank Collin L
Management response:Responded 10 April 2017

Thank you for the review, Collin. As always, it was a pleasure to go birding with you and your father. For a spontaneous bird tour, we did well with 43 species! The birds are returning!

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22 March 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