The 7th annual FISH AND WILDLIFE OPEN HOUSE will be held on Saturday, September 9th, from 9:30am-3:30pm, at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. This event is designed to showcase the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's programs, projects and personnel. Wildlife and fisheries biologists, safety officers, hatchery staff and game wardens will be on hand and in person, to talk about their fishery, wildlife, safety and enforcement programs and projects throughout the day.
Admission is FREE for all those attending on September 9th, although a $1 donation to benefit the Maine Wildlife Park would be greatly welcomed to help support improvements to the park's wildlife exhibits and displays. Fall is a great time to visit the park; the weather is cooler, the many demonstration wildlife and flower gardens are in spectacular form; and the wildlife is displaying full sets of antlers and attractive fall fur coats.
To raise funds for wildlife exhibit improvements, the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park will be selling a barbeque lunch for visitors on this day only! Burgers, hotdogs, potatoes, cole slaw, soda and apple pie are on the menu and can be purchased for a small fee.
And on Sunday, September 10, the officially designated GRANDPARENTS DAY, Maine grandparents will be honored and appreciated at the park by being admitted FREE, when accompanied by their children and/or grandchildren.
A summer series of wildlife exhibits and demonstrations targeted for the general public is offered throughout the season at the MAINE WILDLIFE PARK, located on Route 26 in Gray. 'Wildlife Days' are held on consecutive weekends through the summer, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park. Presenters featuring a variety of wildlife topics will set up exhibits and demonstrations from roughly 11:00am to 2:00pm on most Saturdays. We encourage visitors to stop by, ask questions and even participate in some activities.
One additional 'Night Visit' will be offered too, when the park opens on a moonlight evening for the very popular October "Halloween Night Hike", (Rain date Saturday, October 14th) from 6-8pm, Friday, October 13th.
The Wildlife Park Nature Store is full of new wildlife and nature merchandise for all ages; and the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park 'Snack Shack' sells ice cream, soda and light snacks, with all monies raised donated to the Wildlife Park for wildlife exhibit improvements and new construction.
The Maine Wildlife Park has over 25 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily through November 11th from 9:30am-4:30pm; visitors must leave the premises by 6:00pm.
Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $3.25 ages 4-12; $5.00 for adults, and $4.00 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $2.50 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.
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