Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program invites applicants

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 12:28 p.m.

Friends of Baxter State Park (FBSP) is inviting current Maine high school sophomores and juniors to submit applications to participate in the 3rd annual Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program (MYWLP) at Baxter State Park. The program is scheduled for Aug. 6-14. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

“Ten teenagers will be chosen to participate in the nine-day program, which is designed to introduce the students to the importance of wilderness preservation and wildlands management in Baxter State Park,” said FBSP President Barbara Bentley in a press release.

The students and two guides, will explore the streams, mountains, lakes, and forests of this 200,000-plus acre wilderness preserve. The values of wilderness preservation will be highlighted by sessions with specialists including an outdoor journalist, a naturalist, a geologist, a Penobscot cultural educator, an astronomer, a wilderness photographer, and a regional artist.

There are no fees charged for this program. Friends of Baxter State Park receives funding for the program from the Quimby Family Foundation (www.quimbyfamilyfoundation.org). Trip leadership and logistics are provided through a collaboration with the Chewonki Foundation (www.chewonki.org). More information about the program, including an application, can be found at www.friendsofbaxter.org. To learn more about Baxter State Park, go to www.baxterstateparkauthority.com

Friends of Baxter State Park is a nonprofit citizen organization working to preserve, support, and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park, in the spirit of its founder, Gov. Percival Baxter.

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