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Taking in the stunning beauty of the 2800-hundred acres of Roosevelt Park’s Natural Area is a rich ecological experience and should not be missed!


Home to coastal headlands, rocky shores, cobble beaches, sphagnum bogs, fields and forests a day in the Natural Area is a “must” experience”. Nine hikes and three carriage roads will usher you to an adventure in every corner of the Park. If you ever wondered why the Roosevelts choose Campobello, come hike and bike, explore every nook and cove and try one of the Roosevelt’s favorite activities, a picnic!


Birds are Flocking to Campobello

Roosevelt Campobello International Park situated on the Atlantic flyway and it is a convenient stopover point for thousands of shore birds and other migrants. The Parks 2800-hundred acres rich in food and natural habitat, it is great place to see a variety of species every year in every season.

What to look for on your visit:

MAY - The majority of songbirds and summer residents return.

JUNE - The last summer residents return early in the month. Singing and nesting activities peak.

JULY - Singing decreases as nesting is completed. South bound shorebirds arrive in numbers by late month.

AUGUST - Southbound migration of Warblers, flycatchers and other songbirds is well underway. Shorebird migration peaks in mid August.

SEPTEMBER - Shorebirds are found in reduced numbers. Non- concentrated hawk migration. Waterbirds start to gather along the coast.

OCTOBER - Most remaining migrants depart. Large movements of Waterbirds occur, Many winter residents begin to arrive late in month.

» Download Birds of Campobello BROCHURE (PDF - 93kb)

Meet our Gardener: Mother Nature

Wildflowers are found throughout the park and throughout the season - from coltsfoot, growing while some snow still remains, to asters and goldenrods blooming right up until the first killing frosts. Park wildflower habitats include field, marsh, bog, pond edge, seashore, and coniferous, deciduous and mixed forest. Bring a field guide to get the most enjoyment from your wildflower explorations.

» Download Wildflower Slideshow (PDF - 12MB)

“A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music — that would be rest.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

You’ll Love Getting Bogged Down!

About 900 acres of the Natural Area are raised, heath-covered bogs. These bogs are also called heaths, after the heath family of plants to which many of their most common shrubs belong. The best place in the Park to see a bog is from the Eagle Hill Bog boardwalk. The boardwalk offers an excellent, wheelchair accessible opportunity to explore the bog. Includes resting benches and interpretive panels.

» Download The Bogs Information Guide (PDF - 496 KB)

Ecology

Campobello's ecology is largely the result of adaptation to cool, moist conditions. The Labrador current brings subarctic water and cooler temperatures to our relatively deep-water area, and with those cold water temperatures come the region’s coolest summers and most abundant fog.

Exposure to these conditions results in headland shrub communities and coastal raised peatlands similar to those found further north in Newfoundland or at much higher elevations.

The cold water is very productive. Because of an upwelling of nutrients caused by tides and currents, the waters around the Park contain perhaps the richest and most diverse invertebrate community on the eastern seaboard. The richly nutrient waters support a diversity of birds, fish, and marine mammals.

» Download a Geological Tour Information Guide (PDF 358 KB)