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What to Expect as a Guest

Green Acre’s scenic and serene campus welcomes participants. Within the first moments on campus, one realizes that they’ve arrived at a special place. Άbdu'l-Bahá said of Green Acre, “This is a delightful spot; the scenery is beautiful, and the atmosphere of spirituality haloes everything.” Prepare to meet new and old friends who are excited about taking part in a spiritually uplifting experience.

Check-In & Departure

Unless otherwise noted, check-in starts at 3 p.m. at the Main Office in Gregory Cottage at 61 Green Acre Drive on Fridays, and dinner is served from 6-7 p.m., in the dining room in the Sarah Farmer Inn. If you need to arrive after 7 p.m., please call the registrar at 207-439-7200, ext. 7006 or email the registrar at GreenAcreRegistrar@usbnc.org. We are unable to check in participants earlier than 3 p.m. but welcome those who arrive early to enjoy the campus grounds until then.

Most spring, fall, and winter weekend programs begin with Friday dinner and run through Sunday lunch; summer programs typically begin with Friday dinner and end with lunch on Wednesday; and Winter School always begins with dinner on December 26 and ends with lunch on December 31.

Check-out time is 2 p.m. on the last day of the session.

Please note that no reductions in fees are made for late arrivals, early departures, or missed meals. Green Acre provides sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels in all on-campus housing.

Guest Guidelines

We kindly ask that Green Acre guests follow these guidelines:

Child Supervision: Please note that parents are expected to fully supervise, in person, their children during meals and outside of the regular class times. The school does not provide supervision for children outside their scheduled classes.

Pets: Pets are not permitted.

Tobacco-Free Campus: The Bahá’í National Center and all its agencies are dedicated to maintaining a healthful work and learning environment, free from the effects of tobacco in any of its forms (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco) as well as e-cigarettes. Accordingly, Green Acre is a totally tobacco-free campus, whether inside or outside of the buildings, on the grounds, and in vehicles parked on campus property. Thank you for your commitment to our healthful environment and for observing this policy.

Dress Standards: Casual attire is appropriate for all sessions, but in accordance with Bahá’í standards. Please refrain from wearing short shorts or skirts; low-rise pants; clothing with inappropriate slogans; revealing or bare-shoulder tops; and revealing bathing suits such as bikinis or men’s swim briefs. Please be sure your children, junior youth, and youth have packed clothing that is appropriate for this environment.

Recreation: To promote a retreat atmosphere of spiritual community and to foster fellowship together, we request that you leave all portable entertainment devices such as portable music players and electronic game units at home. Please note that Green Acre enforces this policy during all programs and sessions designed to serve the needs of children and youth. Please note that inline skates and skateboards may not be used on campus.

Prayers and Mediation: the Master’s Room, the room on the third floor of the Sarah Farmer Inn in which Άbdu'l-Bahá stayed when He visited Green Acre in 1912, is open for quiet prayer and meditation for anyone who wishes to spend time there.

Messages: Although we are unable to transfer incoming calls outside our office, our staff will be happy to accept messages for you during our regular office hours. Messages can also be left on our voicemail, which is checked frequently.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the registrar at GreenAcreRegistrar@usbnc.org.

Phone service & Wi-Fi

Most cell phone providers (i.e., AT&T, Verizon) experience good reception on campus. Wi-Fi is available in all meeting rooms, the dining room, the Bookstore and guest rooms.

Cautions

Southern Maine is in the heart of deer tick country, and the summer is the height of the tick season. If you or your family walk through the woods surrounding campus or walk through high grass, take precautions to avoid deer tick bites and learn the signs of Lyme disease and current information about it.

The two links above are connected to the Center for Disease Control’s website. You may also want to be aware of mosquito-borne diseases in the Northeast.