Volunteer for BSP

Volunteer for FBSP


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. For more information about volunteering, please contact Alison at volunteer@friendsofbaxter.org
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 2014 is listed below. Please check back often, as we are adding volunteer programs on a regular basis.

2014 Volunteer Schedule

May 3: Spring Cleanup Day
May 17 – 18: FBSP Trail Crew #1, Kidney Pond Area
May 24 – 26: FBSP Trail Crew #2, Trout Brook Farm Area
June 7: National Trails Day, Trail Steward Training (rain date June 8)
June 19 – 20: FBSP Chainsaw Volunteer Training, Skowhegan
July 6 – 10: BSP Trail Team #2, Hunt Trail
July 13 – 17: BSP Trail Team #2, Hunt Trail
July 14 – 17: BSP Trail Team #3, Howe Brook Trail
July 20 – 24: BSP Trail Team #2, Hunt Trail
July 20 – 24: BSP Trail Team #4, General Maintenance & Corridor Definition
July 26: Volunteers in the Park (VIP)
We will be staining cabins at Kidney Pond with potential for additional maintenance activities. Volunteer lodging available.
July 27 – 31: BSP Trail Team #2, Hunt Trail
July 27 – 31: BSP Trail Team #4, General Maintenance & Corridor Definition
August 23: Volunteers in the Park (VIP) - Help us remove Bristly Locust plant from the Togue Pond area. Volunteer lodging available, and an opportunity to explore the park on August 24th. 
August 24 – 28: BSP Trail Team #5, South Turner
August 24 – 28: BSP Trail Team #6, Sentinel Mountain
September 12 – 14: FBSP Booth at Trails End Festival
September 19 – 21: FBSP Booth at Common Ground Fair
For more information on any of the above opportunities, contact Alison Violette at volunteer@rriendsofbaxter.org.
More information is available on the BSP website: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/volunteer

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.