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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.

Accepting applications for the 2022 Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program[January 19, 2022]

An incredible adventure awaits a group of ten high school students in Baxter State Park this summer! Every August, we invite students from across Maine to take part in our Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. Participants will spend an extraordinary nine days backpacking from one end of the Park to the other, accompanied by leaders and educators from the Chewonki Foundation. The goal of this program is to cultivate and inspire the next generation of Maine's...

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Gettin’ Reel with Silvia Hartt[December 7, 2021]

We’re proud to present our premier podcast series, Gettin' Reel About Baxter! Interviews with former and current Baxter State Park directors, rangers, and fisheries biologists, to name just a few, provide insider tips and a rich backstory on the history of fishing in the Park. It’s hosted and produced by Silvia Hartt, a 2021 Baxter Youth Conservation Fellow and Katahdin-area native who grew up fishing in the Park with her family.  Hear the complete series...

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2021 Sign Auction Now Underway[November 17, 2021]

Our annual Friends of Baxter State Park sign auction is now underway! This year’s auction includes 16 signs from favorite spots like Sentinel Mountain and Katahdin Lake, as well as the Freezeout Trail, Wadleigh Brook, and Mount OJI.  This year's auction also includes two other very special items: a set of vintage felt pennants from the early years of Baxter State Park, and the terrain model of Katahdin that was formerly installed on the porch of the Ranger Station...

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Submit photos for the 2023 Baxter State Park Calendar[October 12, 2021]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2023 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. Download detailed guidelines...

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