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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.

Baxter Youth Conservation Corp Conservation Fellows 2021[July 30, 2021]

  We're very excited to introduce the amazing young people of our 2021 BYCC Conservation Fellows program. Without further ado, here they are in their own words!  We can't wait to share their summer projects with you.           ...

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Friends is hiring a Membership Coordinator[July 25, 2021]

Friends of Baxter State Park is seeking a part-time membership coordinator to join our staff. The position provides a flexible schedule with a combination of remote and in-office work in our Belfast location. This person's duties will include membership stewardship, event coordination, eCommerce sales, and administrative support. The position starts at 12 hours per week and has growth potential. Click here to download a job description and application instructions. ...

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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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