The Maine Sportsman

Maine Wildlife Park opens for season Friday April 15th!

The Maine Wildlife Park, located on Route 26 in Gray, will open for the 2016 season on Friday, April 15th at 9:30am – and just in time for the Patriots Day holiday on Monday, April 18th; and school vacation week!

A variety of new and returning weekend events are planned for the season, beginningWednesday, April 20th from 11am-2pm with a special School Vacation Program – Winter Ecology with St. Joseph’s College. Join college professors, along with some of their students, to learn about the fascinating world of native Maine wildlife in winter! Presenters will cover topics such as wildlife survival strategies, wildlife track identification & even winter wildlife photography. There will be great activities for kids during this school vacation event!

     The following week, celebrate a Bear Bonanza on May 7th, and further on through the season you can practice Archery, learn about Endangered Species, meet Donn Fendler from ‘Lost on a Mountain in Maine’; or enjoy a morning with Wolfe’s Neck Farm. The Bug Man and New England Mineral Association are new events, along with Wind Over Wings, Radical Reactions with Mad Science, and Honeybees featured as Saturday programs. Favorites like the annual Open House, Pow Wow, Chainsaw Artists, Northwoods Law Day and Rick Charette will all be back as well. Plan to purchase your Family Season Pass now so you don’t miss any of the fun; and be sure to pick up an Event Calendar! Keep up with current photos, stories and events on Facebook too.

        Many families cannot wait to visit their favorite animals after the long winter, but over 25,000 followers have ‘kept in touch’ with our wildlife via Facebook over the winter, ‘liking’ and commenting on photos posted of our wildlife as they adapted to winter snow and cold. But everyone’s ready to see the moose, bears, lynx, cougar, eagles, owls, and more again in person!

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