Maine Wildlife Park Set To Open Thursday, April 24
Gray, Maine – Are you looking for something fun to do in this gorgeous spring weather during April school vacation week? Come with your children to the Maine Wildlife Park and take a walk with wildlife!
The Maine Wildlife Park, a 200-acre haven with more than 25 different species of native Maine wildlife on exhibit, will open its doors for the season on Thursday, April 24. The park is located on Route 26 in Gray, just 3.5 miles from Maine Turnpike Exit 63.
At the Maine Wildlife Park, visitors are guaranteed to see a moose, along with white-tailed deer, black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, coyotes, owls, native turtles, hawks and owls, trophy trout, and more. Many of the animals at the park live there because they were injured or orphaned, or because they are human dependent since they were raised (sometimes illegally) in captivity. The park serves as a permanent home for wildlife that cannot survive in the wild.
“The Maine Wildlife Park is a fantastic family destination,” said Roland “Dan” Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “It is an ideal place to learn more about Maine’s wildlife.”
There are nature trails and wildlife gardens to enjoy, interactive exhibits to view, a “snack shack” selling ice cream, candy and snacks, a nature store, gift shop and more.
The calendar of special wildlife events is full, starting Saturdays in May and running through Labor Day. Bring a picnic and spend the day. Reservations aren’t required. For a list, visit www.mainewildlifepark.com
The Maine Wildlife Park will be open daily through Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m. Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $4 for ages 4-12; $6 for adults; and $4.50 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3 per person. Now is the time to purchase your Family and Community Season Passes so you can take full advantage of all of the park’s summer wildlife programs and events.
The Maine Wildlife Park has a tremendous cadre of volunteers who staff the admissions gatehouse, plant, water and maintain our gardens, lead tours for school children, transport wildlife to licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and help out in the gift shop and snack shack. Call us to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the park.
For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at (207) 657-4977 and listen to the recorded messages or check us out online at www.mainewildlifepark.com or www.maine.gov/ifw.