Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend!
September 9 & 10, 2023
Maine State Parks welcomes Girl Scouts of Maine on this special weekend of nationwide celebration because Girl Scouts Love State Parks! We thank you for your appreciation of and service to Maine State Parks. Girls Scouts, and their family members that accompany them in their car, will receive FREE day entry in exchange for sharing their park experience. Entry to the parks is only for day use and has the same location exceptions as a park pass. Be sure to look below for the special programs being offered at no cost to you!Please be sure to:
- Wear your Girl Scout vest or sash so that you will be recognized as a Girl Scout during your visit.
- Take photos of your visit and share them with us to make sure others know how beautiful and important the Maine State Parks are for everyone to enjoy.
- Special programs are being offered during the weekend at select parks! See the list below. Get all the details about GSLSP weekend in communications from Girl Scouts of Maine.
- Be prepared. Stay up-to-date with Parks Safety.
- Check out the Girl Scouts Leave No Trace page!
- Make Your Pledge with Pick Up America to be the difference and help clean up trash from public lands!
Special Programs being offered during Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend:
Aroostook State Park - Presque Isle
Yarns, Tales, and Mysteries of Aroostook, Maine’s First State Park
Sunday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Join Park Manager Scott Thompson for a leisurely hike on the QuaQuaJo Nature Trail as he unveils the history and mystery of the park. Afterward, consider staying to swim, paddle, do more hiking, or have a picnic. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring your own water and snacks. Meet at the main day-use parking lot. Park = www.maine.gov/aroostook
Bradbury Mt. State Park - Pownal
Nighttime Wonders & Nightshift Creatures at Bradbury Mt State Park
Saturday, September 9, from 7-8:00 p.m.
Join nature educator Jocelyn Hubbell as the sun sets over the park to learn about some of the nighttime wonders and creatures that only appear in the cover of darkness. Dress for changing weather conditions. Bring a red-lens headlamp or red-lens flashlight, a lawn chair or camp pad, and your curiosity! Meet at the field north of the start of the Northern Loop Trail. Park = www.maine.gov/bradburymountain
Camden Hills State Park – Camden
Mount Battie Summit Hike with Rangers at Camden Hills State Park
Sunday, Sept 10, from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Join Camden Hills Park Rangers to learn about birds and wildlife on this 1.25-mile hike to the summit of Mount Battie for spectacular views of Penobscot Bay. At the top, you’ll have time to rest, take in the view, see the tower, and enjoy your snack before hiking down the mountain. Meet at the Hiker’s Parking lot at the start of the Nature Trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water to sip during the hike and a snack to enjoy at the summit. Park = www.maine.gov/camdenhills
Grafton Notch State Park – Newry
Mammals and Marvels of Grafton Notch State Park
Sunday, September 10, from 9-10:00 a.m.
Join Park Manager Jen Birkemose for this fun and informative presentation about her favorite mammals and the marvels of the park. Includes a short hike to both The Jail and Screw Auger Falls. Dress for the weather, and if you plan to wade in the pools after the program, wear or bring appropriate clothing. Meet at the first Group Picnic Shelter at the west end (exit end) of the Screw Auger Falls parking lot. Park = www.maine.gov/graftonnotch
Holbrook Island Sanctuary – Brooksville
Hike Back in Time at Holbrook Island Sanctuary
Sunday, September 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Join a Ranger-led hike through old and complex estate ruins from the early 20th century. Learn about the Hutchins family, their lifestyle, and the land as you walk along old roads within the park. Many relics are still visible and keen eyes will spot many man-made and non-native features. Wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for the weather. Bring your own water and snacks. Meet at the Backshore Trail along Indian Bar Road (first parking area on the left). Park = www.maine.gov/holbrookisland
Mount Blue State Park - Weld (NOTE - Use the Beach & Campground entrance on Webb Beach Road.)
Wonders of Wildlife
Sunday, September 10, Noon - 3:00 pm
Want to discover what amazing critters are in the area and how to be an expert wildlife viewer? Come join us at the nature center at Mt. Blue State Park! Ranger Jamie, the naturalist, will be showing how to identify the animals of Maine! Learn about skulls, furs, calls, and tracks! Anyone who joins will have the opportunity to make plaster tracks to take home! Drop in from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Mt Blue State Park Nature Center. This program is part of the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend at Maine State Parks. Hope to see you there! Dress for the weather and be prepared for changing conditions. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Location Entrance: 187 Webb Beach Rd, Weld, ME 04285. Meet at the Nature Center. Park = www.maine.gov/mountblue
Peaks-Kenny State Park – Dover-Foxcroft
Hike with the Ranger of Peak-Kenny State Park
Saturday, September 9, from 10-11:00 a.m.
Join Park Ranger Leighanne for a stroll along the Cove Trail on this fun and informative easy walk and talk about what she finds most interesting about the park. Afterward, consider staying to swim or hike to find all or some of the sculptural picnic tables. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at the main bulletin board at the beach. Park = www.maine.gov/peaks-kenny
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – Freeport
50-year Anniversary Celebration of Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Girl Scouts are invited to join in the fun that will include activity tables, games, crafts, and guest speakers.
While you're visiting a Maine State Park consider:
- Picking up a Junior Ranger booklet to participate in the fun activities and programs that help you learn more about the parks and become a Jr. Ranger! Available at these 12 State Parks: Aroostook, Bradbury Mountain, Camden Hills, Cobscook Bay, Lake St. George, Lamoine, Lily Bay, Mount Blue, Peaks-Kenny, Rangeley Lake, Sebago Lake, and Warren Island State Parks.
- Searching for a Maine State Park geocache. View the 8 locations and all the details at the Park Geocache page.
- Pick up a Park Passport Booklet and start collecting stamps that will win you prizes! Get the details on the Park Passport page.
- Working on an Outdoors badge like the Trail Adventure badges, those focused on environmental stewardship (Eco Learner, Eco Friend, etc.), or others with an outdoor focus. Check out the options.
Photo montage of Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2020. Can you name all the locations?
Nature Notes & Virtual Visits!
Nature Note - Each week a different plant, animal, or current event of the natural world is featured.
Fall Foliage Webcams - View leaf color progression from webcams throughout Maine from our Fall Foliage page.
Travel the Allagash – Allagash Wilderness Waterway explored in nine segments.
Maine Public Lands – Highlights some of the most beautiful places in Maine. Watch as 20 minute feature or in short segments.
Bradbury Mt. State Park - Go on a winter First Day Hike!
Camden Hills State Park - View from Mount Battie inspired Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem Renascence.
Lake St George State Park - A great little park for year-round lake adventures!
Mount Blue State Park – Autumn's glorious fall colors are explained at a park that is noted great views and year-round adventures.
Quoddy Head State Park - Stunning coastal park at the tip of America’s easternmost peninsula.
Do you see any Girl Scouts you know in this photo montage of their visit to Fort Knox State Historic Site during Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2020?
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park - Osprey are the celebrities at this park.
Check out our campsites for a Future Visit
State Park Campgrounds - This page has links to sites on Google Earth and printable maps.