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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.

Friends accepting applications for 2021 Conservation Fellows[May 7, 2021]

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, Friends will be offering a modified version of the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps in summer 2021. Our BYCC Conservation Fellows program offers youth from the Katahdin region the opportunity to pursue paid leadership and conservation work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now accepting applications for eight full-time positions for this summer, with an application deadline of May 28, 2021.  Fellowships will be offered to those...

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Baxter State Park: New Species Discovery Delays Opening[April 1, 2021]

Baxter Bunion  Millinocket, ME  April 1, 2021 State of Maine officials say Baxter State Park is closed to visitors until further notice as new rumors of magical creatures surface.  The report of fairies in the Park, on the heels of last month's Bigfoot revelation, is allegedly the reason for the indefinite closure of Maine's 200,000-acre wilderness. Continue reading. ...

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New Children’s Book about Percival Baxter[March 16, 2021]

Barbara DeVito Bourgoine, a retired literacy teacher from Readfield, Maine, has a long history of visiting Baxter State Park. Bourgoine has channeled her love for the Park into an amazing children’s book called Percy’s Patience: The Story of Governor Baxter and Baxter State Park. Young Percy Baxter dreamed of a better world and exhibited great perseverance throughout his life. Baxter State Park, his great gift to the people of Maine, is a result of his determination...

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March 3 Proclaimed as Baxter State Park Day[March 3, 2021]

Governor Janet Mills has proclaimed March 3, 2021, as Baxter State Park Day in honor of the 90th anniversary of the park’s creation. In her proclamation, Governor Mills urged "all Maine people to recognize and celebrate the determination, foresight, and generosity of Governor Percival Baxter on this, the 90th anniversary of his original enduring gift to the people of the State of Maine." (read proclamation here) Percival Baxter made his initial gift of 5,960...

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