BANGOR, Maine — The Orono Bog boardwalk opens for the season at 7 a.m. Friday, May 1.

The boardwalk in the Bangor City Forest is perhaps the premier nature excursion destination in the area. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week, throughout the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, hours change to reflect the time change and day length.

Jointly managed by the Orono Land Trust, the city of Bangor, and the University of Maine, the boardwalk has been a fixture in the community since it opened in June 2003. Now, with 30,000 visitors a year, it has become a “must-go” place for those who want to experience a northern peat bog and all that it has to offer.

Seven interpretative stations are located along the boardwalk to educate visitors about plant and animal life that may be seen.

The boardwalk is operated by volunteers who act as tour guides, workers to help maintain it, and docents who typically staff the boardwalk during hours of operation, greeting visitors and answering questions. If you would like to help out in any of these capacities contact Joan Martin at, include “Orono Bog Boardwalk” on the subject line.

Visit the boardwalk Web site for more information at