The Bowdoin Pines

The press of my foot on the earth springs a hundred affections
-Walt Whitman, 1855

Adjacent to the Bowdoin College campus (off Federal Street) is a rare example of one of Maine's few remaining old-growth forests, a 33-acre site known as The Bowdoin Pines. Statuesque white pines, some more than 125 years-old, tower over a diverse deciduous understory The 33-acre parcel --- known today as the Bowdoin Pines --- was part of a 200-acre gift to the College from the Town of Brunswick in 1791; in 1979 the State of Maine listed the Bowdoin Pines in the Register of Critical Areas. For many years, the Pines have provided an easily accessible natural history laboratory for students in classes such as introductory biology and ecology. For other students, as well as for members of the Brunswick community, the site has offered a quiet walk in a memorable setting.

The Bowdoin community --- through a college-wide volunteer effort --- designed and built a loop trail through the Pines in 1997. We invite you to watch, walk and wonder beneath the Pines.........

Pine Proprieties

The trail is open year-round --- dawn to dusk --- for walking, bird-watching, jogging, and cross-country skiing.
Picnicking is permitted, but there are no trash receptacles.

Please carry out what you carry in.

Pets are permitted --- leashes and pick-up, please.


* stay on the trail
* no mountain bikes (the trails are not designed for their impact)
* no motorized vehicles
* no smoking or fires
* no picking or otherwise damaging plants

Please contact the Environmental Studies Program at 725-3396 with any questions or to share your natural history sightings in the Pines.
For emergencies, contact Bowdoin College Security at 725-3500.