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About Friends

Friends of Baxter State Park strives to inspire passion for the Park's wild character in the spirit of Percival Baxter. We promote exemplary use, natural resource stewardship, and a healthy Katahdin region to ensure the Park forever remains a refuge. 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.

You’re Invited to a Membership Meetup[August 11, 2022]

We’re thrilled to invite you to our first in-person gathering in three years!  Wednesday, September 21, 2022 5:30 - 7:00 PM Flight Deck Brewing Brunswick, ME    ...

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Friends Welcomes New Board Members[June 17, 2022]

Friends of Baxter State Park was founded 22 years ago by a committed, passionate group of Park enthusiasts. Their grassroots legacy continues today through the volunteers that serve on our Board of Directors. Our Board members bring a wealth of skills, dedication, and vision to our work on behalf of the Park, and provide vital leadership for achieving our mission.  At our Annual Meeting on April 7, 2022, the members of Friends of Baxter State Park voted unanimously to...

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2022 Annual Meeting[March 16, 2022]

Presenting the video recording of our April 7, 2022 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. We gathered via for updates on Friends, news from the Park, guest speakers, beautiful photography, and more.  View here. ...

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

Deadline extended to February 15, 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...

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