Although National Endangered Species Day is on Friday May 16th, Maine Wildlife Park will continue to celebrate this national event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray.
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. www.endangered.org
The wildlife park is home to eight different Maine species that are listed as either endangered, threatened or of special concern. The bald eagle, another species at the park that was formerly listed as endangered, is now happily ‘delisted’, because its population has made such a tremendous comeback in Maine and across the United States.
Join the Endangered Species Coalition and the Alaska Wilderness League to learn more about the importance of protecting over 50 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish listed as endangered or threatened in Maine.
A special guest will include the Alaska Wilderness League’s Polar Bear Mascot, who will be available for photo opportunities with the kids at several times during the 3 hour exhibit.
There will be endangered species activities, coloring books, posters, masks and kites that the kids can ‘make and take’ home with them.
Plan to purchase your family 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 and stories on Facebook too.
The Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The park exists to promote an understanding and awareness of the wildlife, conservation and habitat protection programs and projects of MDIFW.
The Maine Wildlife Park has more than 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily from April 19th through November 11th from 9:30am-4:30pm; visitors must leave the premises by 6:00pm.
Other Summer Wildlife Days events for May will include Friends of Maine Wildlife Park annual plant sale Memorial Weekend May 24-25; and Archery with Bryant Pond 4-H Camp on May 31.
Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 4-12; $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Bring a picnic and spend the day! Family and Community Season Passes are available, and are an incredible bargain for families and groups that visit the park several times over the course of the summer.
Remember that Family Passes make a great gift; and are available for purchase in the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s online store at www.mefishwildlife.com.
For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at