Things to See and Do
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Try a variety of different activities in our visitor center. Weigh a moose antler, visit with some reptiles, or feel animal pelts from moose, bear, and smaller furbearers. Play with puzzles and light-boards. Make some tracks in our sandbox or see the many different places in Maine to look for Wildlife.
Walk down the hill past the park’s eagles, turtles and wetland trails to the adjacent Dry Mills Fish Hatchery. There is a brand new interpretive building and trout pond here, trout observation tanks and thousands of brook trout are raised annually. Feed the round pond trout for a quarter!
For those interested in shopping, the Nature Store carries a variety of wildlife related items for all ages. There are MDIFW t-shirts, hats, and fleece vests for both children and adults; wildlife books, note cards and magnets featuring our very own wildlife; plush stuffed animals, jewelry, posters and more! Much of the merchandise is Maine made. This is a great place for a gift or souvenir.
Are you a little hungry or thirsty? Head for the Snack Shack, which serves a variety of different snacks, drinks and very popular ice cream treats. The Snack Shack is run by the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park. All proceeds are used to improve the park’s wildlife exhibits and displays.
Picnic or Barbecue
Need something more than just a snack? We have a large picnic area with charcoal barbecue grills so you can bring your own food to grill. There’s even a convenient grocery store a few miles south on Route 26, where you may pick up all the fixins for a great B-B-Q!
Strolling the Tree Trail, you can see and read descriptions of a variety of Maine Trees. Learn how to use a biltmore stick to measure tree heights and lumber yield. Visit our outdoor classroom and see how much wood is in a cord or how a lumberyard would cut logs.
Take a walk around our wetland area. There are many wild animals that can sometimes been seen such as fish, birds and turtles.
If you are interested in scheduling a guided tour for your school group, scout troop, homeschool group, summer camp or other, please contact the park via e-mail or call (207) 657-4977 and leave a message, someone will get back to you to schedule.
Learn about the history of the Maine Warden Service. Watch North Woods Law DVDs. View old uniforms and other memorabilia and equipment like a canoe, snowmobile and an older model 3-wheeler.
Feed the Animals
Although the Wildlife Park does not allow visitors to bring in food to feed to our animals, there are feed dispensers that take quarters to feed healthy snacks to our bear, deer, pheasants, ducks, geese, and turkeys. The fish hatchery also has a quarter feed dispenser for the brook trout – you can make the water boil with 1 handful of fish pellets!
There are many different flower and wildlife gardens throughout the park that are designed, weeded and watered all summer by our much appreciated volunteers.
Please visit our events page for a listing of this season's events. There’s usually something special going on every weekend from the beginning of May through the middle of October.
Free Roaming Wildlife
You never know what wild animals you may find visiting at the Wildlife Park. We have seen: Great Horned Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Spotted Salamanders, Wood Ducks, Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Turtles, Squirrels, Chipmunks, White Tailed Deer, Mink, Fisher, Wild Turkeys, Baltimore Orioles, Cardinals, Bald Eagles, many Warblers, Bohemian Waxwings and more!
Come for our Story and Craft Hour that runs on Thursdays at 10:30am in July and August. A popular children’s book focusing on wildlife is read, then a fun craft activity occurs afterward. No reservations are required.
There are wildlife talks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00am and 1:00pm in July and August. Check in at the gate to find out what the day’s talks are and which wildlife will be featured.