Volunteer for BSP


Volunteer in Baxter State Park

Geologist, Walter Andersen volunteers his
expertise during a FBSP outing.
Photo by Bill Bentley

Alison Violette coordinates all volunteer programs for Friends of Baxter State Park, including a wide range of volunteer activities in the Park each year.
The Park welcomes volunteers who can accomplish a variety of helpful tasks, from litter patrol, to trail maintenance, wildlife studies, painting buildings and more. There are opportunities for all ages, interests and abilities. The current schedule of volunteer activities for 2015 is listed below. Please check back often, as we are adding volunteer programs on a regular basis.

2015 Volunteer Opportunities:

Note: Dates may be subject to change. Contact Alison to confirm current schedule and conditions.

Volunteer opportunities for 2015
From campgrounds to trails, there are many different ways to volunteer in Baxter State Park. In partnership with the Park, Friends is offering a wide range of volunteer opportunities in 2015, including special work weekends for Friends members.

July 10-12: Nesowadnehunk Weekend!
Staining buildings, shingling 3 picnic shelters and other tasks. Housing will be right at Nesowadnehunk. A Lean-to for 3 people (first come, first served), and tenting has been confirmed. If you haven't been here before this is a neat section of the park with a great swimming area nearby!

July 25-26: Kidney & Daicey Projects
Building canoe racks at Grassy and Elbow Ponds, Glaze Windows, and staining, possibly gravel pathways at Daicey. Lodging TBD .

September 26-27: Togue Pond Projects
Tentative Projects include pulling Bristly Locust that is crowding out other plants , Togue beach and Visitor Center (VC) work, New posts for VC approach signs, other sign posts in the area. Lodging TBD

October 17-18: Campground Projects at Daicey & Kidney working on cribwork and gravel, Stacking/Chopping, Shingle roofs at Daicey and Kidney, and more! Lodging TBD but most likely in cabins.

Trail Projects:

June 6: National Trails Day/Trail Steward Training (Rain date June 7)
July 6 – 10: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail
July 13 – 17: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail
July 20 – 24: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail
July 27 – 31: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Alison Violette at volunteer@friendsofbaxter.org

More information is also available on the BSP website: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/volunteer

Volunteer Applications

The park requires individuals or groups & families to submit an application in advance. This helps the park understand who to expect, what their capabilities and interests are and plan appropriately. You can download the forms from the links below.   Or you can contact Alison and she will mail you a form.  Submit applications to: Baxter State Park, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462
(individual volunteer form) (group form).

Chainsaw Training:

If you would like to volunteer as a chainsaw sawyer in Baxter State Park, you must be certified by a course recognized by the Park. FBSP organized a two-day training course with Trail Services LLC in June 2014, and we hope to offer another course next spring. We offer full and partial scholarships to cover the cost of this training. Chainsaw training is also available through the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Please check their website at www.matc.org for information and updates.