Sunset over the lake

Sebago Lake Ecology Center

Located in Standish at the intersection of Routes 237 and 35, the Sebago Lake Ecology Center contains a wealth of environmental resources for adults and children. While visiting the center you can take a guided tour of our Nature Trails or if you are interested in lake-friendly landscaping, our Low Impact Development and Garden Demonstrations display ways to reduce stormwater runoff and also native plants used to filter runoff.

Inside, you may peruse our resource library containing books ranging from field guides to informational texts on ecology, wildlife, and nature discovery and appreciation. Our children’s library contains books about wildlife, water, aquatic habitats, fish, and science projects to inspire and nurture environmental stewardship at a young age.

The Ecology Center also boasts a new display featuring two preserved Common Loons and information about why they are so special. We have free maps, brochures, and landscaping resources. Many of our materials may be borrowed. The Ecology Center is open to the public, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; please call ahead to confirm hours or to book a tour or presentation.

Our educators are passionate about teaching about the environment and natural resources, especially Sebago Lake. If you are interested in bringing a group to the Ecology Center for an educational presentation, please contact the education coordinator.

Lakescaping Demonstrations

The Sebago Lake Ecology Center is surrounded by spectacular demonstration gardens that feature native plants. With our brochure as your guide, follow the Pervious Pathway to view methods to help manage the stormwater on your property. Here is a complete list of our demonstrations. Homeowner guides and instructions are available at the Ecology Center to help implement any of these lake friendly landscaping and development strategies.

  • Pervious Grass Paver Parking Area
  • Infiltration Steps
  • Drywells
  • Rain Gardens
  • Crushed stone and gravel
  • No mow zone
  • Open top culvert
  • Superhumus
  • Dripline trenches
  • Rain Barrels
  • Riprap
  • Erosion Control Mix

Common Loon Display

Common Loons are a special part of the aquatic ecosystem and scenery of Sebago Lake. Each year about 10 pairs of loons migrate back to Sebago Lake to breed and raise their chicks. Among other necessities, loons require clear water to catch fish and vegetated shorelines to raise their chicks.

By taking care of the lake and the surrounding habitat, we can ensure that loons will keep coming back to Sebago!

Please visit the Sebago Lake Ecology Center and see our two preserved Common Loon specimens, check out our display, and learn ways you can help protect them.

Each year, the Portland Water District partners with Maine Audubon to conduct a loon count on Sebago Lake as part of the Maine Loon Project to survey loon activity in lakes and ponds across the state. For more information on how to volunteer for the Annual Loon Count on Sebago Lake, contact our education coordinator or visit the Maine Audubon for past years’ Loon Counts.