LEA’s Maine Lake Science Center, located at 51 Willett Road, is nestled on 18 acres of woodland and wetlands in the heart of Bridgton, connected by a trail with boardwalks to the Pondicherry Park trail system. The purpose of the MLSC is to build collaborations and networking within the scientific community and provide researchers with facilities to attract them to western Maine for the purpose of studying and preserving Maine’s lakes. The Center also provides expanded opportunities for watershed education programs serving students, land use professionals, the business community, and the public to promote knowledge to action to protect and preserve our natural resources.
On the Pinehaven Trail, one can explore interpretive signage and challenge oneself on the low elements course, with seven stations integrated into the natural woodland setting.
Directions: The Center is at 51 Willett Road in Bridgton. Coming into Bridgton on Route 302 from Naples, take a left at the traffic light near McDonalds. Go past Hannaford and the municipal garage on your right. Cross the brook and take an immediate right at the Pondicherry Park parking area. The Center access road is at the edge of the parking area.
Remodeled and redesigned in 2015 to be highly energy-efficient while providing good interior air quality, the Center contains a wet lab, housing with three bedrooms, office space, and a 60-seat conference room.