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Third Annual Sign Auction a Success[November 2, 2019]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends' annual sign auction, featuring retired Baxter State Park signs, is the perfect way to express your love for Baxter State Park and your favorite trail or location. This year’s auction raised almost ten thousand dollars and included 20 signs from favorite hikes like South Turner, Mount OJI, the Marston Trail, and Little Abol Falls. Several iconic fishing spots were represented, including Russell...

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Hiking Guide for Katahdin Region is Perfect for Young Adventurers[October 31, 2019]

"Ten Days in the North Woods: A Kid's Hiking Guide to the Katahdin Region," by Hope Rowan, is available in the Friend's store. It recently got very hig marks from outdoor writer, Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News. The story is told through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl named Hattie. It's a wonderful blend of fiction and real information about hiking and camping in this remarkable wilderness area, with room for the young hiker to...

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2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[September 21, 2019]

In 2019, the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps expanded by an additional 50%, to six weeks in total.  We are so proud of the hardworking teens who were part of the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps! This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Our 20 youth participants earn $14/hour and up while working full-time on trail crews led by experienced adult leaders. In addition to trail...

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2021 Baxter State Park Calendar[September 19, 2019]

Friends of Baxter State Park is no longere accepting photograph submissions for the 2021 Baxter State Park calendar. Next year's (2022) submissions begin in the fall of 2020. 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...

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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 Held on April 6[April 1, 2019]

On April 6 we gathered at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. Highlights included a State of the Park address by Park Director Eben Sypitkowski, a presentation by author Hope Rowan, and a review of the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps by Aaron Megquier. With deep appreciation for their service, outgoing Directors Jill Ippoliti and Gary Friedmann received awards from President Dick Klain. Incoming President Ellen...

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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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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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