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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.


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.


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.

2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[September 21, 2019]

In 2019, the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps expanded by an additional 50%, to six weeks in total.  We are so proud of the hardworking teens who were part of the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps! This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Our 20 youth participants earn $14/hour and up while working full-time on trail crews led by experienced adult leaders. In addition to trail...

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Friends currently accepting photos for the 2021 Baxter State Park Calendar[September 19, 2019]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2021 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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Bissell Brothers is helping to ‘Preserve and Protect’ Baxter State Park[June 17, 2019]

Bissell Brothers Brewing is now donating a percentage of sales of its Preserve and Protect beer to support Baxter State Park. The Portland-based brewery has pledged to contribute at least $5,000 annually to Friends of Baxter State Park in support of our work. Preserve and Protect is an India pale ale featuring Simcoe, Citra, and Denali hops that was brewed as a tribute to Jensen Bissell, who served as director of Baxter State Park from 2006 – 2018. The can features a drawing...

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Annual Meeting Held on April 6[April 1, 2019]

On April 6 we gathered at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. Highlights included a State of the Park address by Park Director Eben Sypitkowski, a presentation by author Hope Rowan, and a review of the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps by Aaron Megquier. With deep appreciation for their service, outgoing Directors Jill Ippoliti and Gary Friedmann received awards from President Dick Klain. Incoming President Ellen...

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