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Bissell Brothers is helping to ‘Preserve and Protect’ Baxter State Park[June 17, 2019]

Bissell Brothers Brewing is now donating a percentage of sales of its Preserve and Protect beer to support Baxter State Park. The Portland-based brewery has pledged to contribute at least $5,000 annually to Friends of Baxter State Park in support of our work. Preserve and Protect is an India pale ale featuring Simcoe, Citra, and Denali hops that was brewed as a tribute to Jensen Bissell, who served as director of Baxter State Park from 2006 – 2018. The can features a drawing...

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Annual Meeting on April 6[April 1, 2019]

Please join us this Saturday, April 6 for a great spring tradition: the annual meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. We'll have lots of hot coffee, good company, interesting speakers, and a delicious lunch at noon. All are welcome. The meeting will be this Saturday, April 6 at the Governor Hill Mansion, located at 136 State Street in Augusta, Maine. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION. As always, we'll gather for coffee at 8:30am and the meeting will start at 9:00am. We'll...

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Apply for the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[February 5, 2019]

Friends is currently accepting applications for our 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps (BYCC), with an application deadline of April 1. Please click here to learn more about the program, submit an application, or submit a reference form on behalf of an applicant. This BYCC hires youth from the Katahdin Region to work with professional leaders on trail projects in Baxter State Park. Participants earn $14 per hour while gaining valuable skills and work experience in a spectacular...

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Second-annual BSP sign auction[November 20, 2018]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends is currently holding its second-annual sign auction featuring retired Baxter State Park signs and other special items. This year’s auction includes 18 signs from favorite locations like Russell Pond, the Dudley Trail, Daicey Pond, and Roaring Brook. Most are trail signs, but a few had more specialized uses. One sign welcomed Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, and another served as an entrance sign for Baxter...

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Friends currently accepting photos for the 2020 Baxter State Park Calendar[August 31, 2018]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2020 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. For detailed submission guidelines and...

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2018 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[August 3, 2018]

The Baxter Youth Conservation Corps, which was launched by Friends in 2017, recently completed its second season of trail work in Baxter State Park. “This program offers summer jobs for youth from the Katahdin region, but it also provides mentoring opportunities, networking, and career skills training” said Aaron Megquier, Executive Director of Friends of Baxter State Park. “We offered 20 full-time trail crew positions to local youth this summer. Each youth participant...

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Annual Meeting on April 7[April 5, 2018]

Please join us this Saturday, April 7 for a great spring tradition - the annual meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. We'll have lots of hot coffee, good company, interesting speakers, and a delicious lunch at noon. All are welcome. The meeting is at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta, this Saturday, April 7. We'll gather for coffee and goodies at 8:30am, and the meeting starts at 9:00am. We'll have updates from the Park, as well as great photography, special announcements...

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Mountain model celebration on March 15[March 9, 2018]

Please join us on Thursday, March 15th to celebrate the completion of ten new terrain models for Baxter State Park. These new high-resolution, state-of-the-art 3D models were produced by the same company that makes terrain models for the National Geographic Explorers Hall and Smithsonian Institution. Friends of Baxter State Park coordinated and funded this project with the support of five generous donors, and donated the new models to Baxter State Park in December 2017. Now’s...

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