Winter Fun Days - Take It Outside 2024!

Celebrate the joys of winter by joining us at one or all of our Winter Fun Days - Take It Outside events. And, take a look at the schedule for the Ski and Snowshoe Trailers too!

Save the dates listed below and check back for updates. Get the Bureau's monthly newsletter for information about all upcoming events by texting BPL News to 888-514-7527. View all the text-to-subscribe options.

    February 2024

    • 3 - Mount Blue State Park, Weld
      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event flyer (PDF 399KB)
      Join us for a day of winter fun for everyone! Activities include nature displays and a guided nature walk at 11:00 AM, a guided history tour, a winter camping display, ice skating – with skates on loan in the yurt, a warming fire in the yurt, S’more making over an outdoor fire, and coffee and hot cocoa while it lasts. Sliding and tote sled rides will be offered on Center Hill. The Maine State Parks Ski & Snowshoe trailer will be on-site at 299 Center Hill, loaning ski and snowshoe gear for on-site use free with special event park admission:12 & older $1.50. Under 12 & over 65 free. FMI: (207) 585-2261. Subscribe to Mt. Blue State Park Condition Alerts: text BLUE to 888-514-7527. View the Park's Guide & Map. View the Mt. Blue Cross-country and Snowshoe Trails map and brochure.
    • 10 - Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal AND at the Tryon Field & Mountain.
      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. AND a 6:00 p.m. Night Sky Program. Bradbury Mt. event flyer (PDF 439KB)
      The winter event begins at the park with a 10 AM guided snowshoe hike with Maine naturalist Jeff Pengel. Also at park: Maine mammal display with furs, scat, and tracks; free snowshoe and xc-ski gear loans; a 1 PM snow-themed story hour followed by snow activities; a warming fire and hot cocoa; and at 6 PM a Night Sky program with expert James Shields at the top of Bradbury Mt. At Tryon Fields and Mountain*: Groomed sliding hill at the field - bring your own sled; 1 PM guided snowshoe hike with Maine naturalist Jeff Pengel. (*Park in the Tryon lot off Lawrence Road.) The Ski and Snowshoe trailer will be loaning gear at the park for on-site use - free with special event park admission:12 & older $1.50. Under 12 & over 65 free. FMI: (207) 688-4712. Subscribe to Bradbury Mt. State Park Condition Alerts: text BRAD to 888-514-7527
    • 10 - Holbrook Island Sanctuary, Brooksville
      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event flyer (PDF 580KB)
      Join us for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and skating (ski or walk in) along with warm refreshments and a fire. Ski and Snowshoe trailer will be loaning gear for free on-site use. Meet at the Backshore Trailhead on Indian Bar Road in Brooksville. Free park admission at Holbrook Island Sanctuary all year long. FMI: (207) 326-4012.
    • 17 - Lake St. George State Park, Liberty
      8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event flyer (PDF383KB)
      Our annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby! Learn how to ice fish and compete for the biggest fish. Prizes will be awarded. Fish tip-ups will be on loan and instruction provided. A skating area will be set up on the lake. Warming area in the barn and hot cocoa and Wicked Joe coffee will be served while it lasts. The Ski and Snowshoe trailer will be loaning gear for on-site use - free with special event park admission: 12 & older $1.50. Under 12 & over 65 free. FMI: (207) 589-4255. Subscribe to Lake ST. George State Park Condition Alerts: text STGEO to 888-514-7527. View Park's Guide & Map.
      Take a look at MDIFW's Ice Fishing Guide.
    • 17 - Range Pond State Park, Poland
      Winter Outdoor Extravaganza - A Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife event in partnership with the Bureau of Parks and Lands.
      9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event flyer (PDF)
      Folks of all identities, abilities, and experience levels are welcome to join us for a day of fun and learning in the Maine outdoors! All instruction and gear will be provided. Activities include ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, guided birding and wildlife walks, campfire with smores, cocoa, and entertainment, door prizes, contests, and more! See the full schedule of events and register (for free) at outdoorallies2024.eventbright.com
    • 24 & 25 - Range Pond State Park, Poland
      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      There will be a warming fire, hot cocoa, and baked goods for you while supplies last! The Ski and Snowshoe trailer will be loaning gear for on-site use - free with special event park admission:12 & older $1.50. Under 12 & over 65 free. FMI: (207) 998-4104. Subscribe to Range Pond State Park Condition Alerts: text RANGE to 888-514-7527.

    March 2024

    • 16 - Camden Hills State Park, Camden
      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event flyer (PDF 687KB)
      Whether we have snow or not, it is a terrific day of adventure. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, guided hikes, a Maine mammal and tracking display, a winter camping display, winter preparedness information, crafts, nature games, a warming hut and fire with hot cocoa while it lasts, snow sculpture making, and the Maine State Parks Ski & Snowshoe trailer will be loaning ski and snowshoe gear for on-site use- free with special event park admission:12 & older $1.50. Under 12 & over 65 free. FMI: (207) 236-0849. Subscribe to Camden State Park Condition Alerts: text CAMDEN to 888-514-7527. View the Park's Guide & Map.

youth throwing snowball on a winter day.

Many families ce skating  on a pond with others sliding on the snowy hill beyond it.

Mother helping toddler getting ready to slide in a pink plastic sled.Maine State Parks ski and snowshoe trailer at an winter event.