Photo Credit: Ken Jordan

About Friends

Friends of Baxter State Park is an independent citizen group with a mission to preserve, support, and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park in the spirit of its founder, Governor Percival Baxter. Learn more about our mission.

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is a 209,644-acre public wilderness area in northern Maine. Former Governor Percival Baxter gave the Park to the people of Maine with the mandate that it remain forever wild. Explore his park and his vision.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to directly participate in the stewardship of the Park. From splitting wood to painting and maintaining trails, there’s something for everyone. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Donate

By contributing to Friends of Baxter State Park, you can help ensure that the Park forever remains the spectacular wilderness area that it is today. Learn more about donation options, or become a member today.

Second-annual BSP sign auction[November 20, 2018]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends is currently holding its second-annual sign auction featuring retired Baxter State Park signs and other special items. This year’s auction includes 18 signs from favorite locations like Russell Pond, the Dudley Trail, Daicey Pond, and Roaring Brook. Most are trail signs, but a few had more specialized uses. One sign welcomed Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, and another served as an entrance sign for Baxter...

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Friends currently accepting photos for the 2020 Baxter State Park Calendar[August 31, 2018]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2020 Baxter State Park calendar. This is a great way to support Baxter State Park with your photography and have your images professionally published! We are looking for landscapes, people, wildlife, plants, park features, and more. The deadline for submitting photos is October 31. It's quick and easy to submit your photos via Dropbox or through the mail. For detailed submission guidelines and...

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2018 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[August 3, 2018]

The Baxter Youth Conservation Corps, which was launched by Friends in 2017, recently completed its second season of trail work in Baxter State Park. “This program offers summer jobs for youth from the Katahdin region, but it also provides mentoring opportunities, networking, and career skills training” said Aaron Megquier, Executive Director of Friends of Baxter State Park. “We offered 20 full-time trail crew positions to local youth this summer. Each youth participant...

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Annual Meeting on April 7[April 5, 2018]

Please join us this Saturday, April 7 for a great spring tradition - the annual meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. We'll have lots of hot coffee, good company, interesting speakers, and a delicious lunch at noon. All are welcome. The meeting is at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta, this Saturday, April 7. We'll gather for coffee and goodies at 8:30am, and the meeting starts at 9:00am. We'll have updates from the Park, as well as great photography, special announcements...

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