The Darling Marine Center was established in 1965 when Ira C. Darling donated his Walpole farm to the University of Maine with the expressed intent of establishing a marine laboratory on the shore of the Damariscotta River Estuary. To help maintain and improve the property, Mr. Darling also created the largest trust in the university’s history, which included endowments for two chaired professorships.

Other significant contributions followed. The waterfront property and cottage of Mr. George Willett now accommodates visiting faculty; the building that housed the first classroom and lecture hall, now part of the library, was a gift from the Kresge Foundation; and Professor John Dearborn and his wife Bethel created a trust that continues to support undergraduate Capstone research and educational opportunities at the Darling Center.

These and other gifts have made valuable additions to the Darling Marine Center’s mission. We welcome financial gifts of any amount.

With your help we can ensure Ira’s legacy for the next 50 years.

Thank you!


If you are ready to make a donation you can do so with a check, or by using the university’s Development Office online portal. Please make checks payable to “University of Maine,” designate “Darling Marine Center” on the memo line, and mail to:

Elizabeth M. Erickson
Director of Philanthropy
University of Maine Foundation
Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469

If you would like to discuss giving options with our development officer, please call Liz Erickson at 207-581-1145.