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           2016 CALENDAR               June-September Programs 2016

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is a Finalist and Needs Your Vote for the People’s Choice Award 

The Larouche family of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge (HWR) in Old Town is one of five finalists for the annual People’s Choice Award of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). NRCM is Maine’s largest environmental organization.

Several generations of the Larouche family acquired more than 2400 acres in Old Town, along Pushaw Stream. The family decided to share their property with the community, initially for passive recreation, wildlife rehabilitation and more recently, to become a leading environmental education center that offers seven miles of trails, a fleet of canoes and active, diverse educational programs for individuals, families and children. Area schools, home-schooled children, scouts and local recreational programs are among those who frequently visit the Refuge.

The Larouche family established a trust fund and deeded the property to the University of Maine. A staff person, volunteers and active HWR Board of Trustees manages the reserve for the benefit of the community.

Plans are underway to create a fully accessible trail so that seniors and people with disabilities will be able to enjoy HWR.

To vote for the Larouche’s four generation, multi-decade commitment and efforts to enrich Maine’s wild heritage and education through Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, go to the NRCM website: and click on The People’s Choice Award or click here Vote-for-nrcms-2016-peoples-choice-award/

Thank you for your support!

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Directions for Programs at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge (HWR) :

Gate 1: From the South – Take the I-95 N to ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 4.75 mi and look for the large red sign on your right. Take Gate 1 off Rt. 43 and follow the dirt road for ~1/2 mile to the Pine Tree parking area. The Parker Reed shelter is 100 m further on the left.

Gate 3: Directions: From the South – Take the I-95 N to ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 4.9 mi and take Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road in Alton) off Rt. 43 (right side, just before the bridge).

 Program Descriptions

CANCELLED!! Summer Family Day – All About Fish!

Saturday, August 13, 2016 – 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

The theme is All About Fish so bring your fishing licenses and poles for a day of fishing fun or just enjoy the other fun activities planned for the day!


August 21, 2016 3-5 pm – Sunday Afternoon Family Paddle

Bring your children or yourself for a paddle on the flat waters of Pushaw Stream. We provide the equipment. Canoeing instruction provided if needed. Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Rd. Alton, 04468). Reservation requested, call 207-394-2171.


Children programs for groups and families       SummerProgramBrochure_2016

The programs for camp groups are on Mondays and for Families on Wednesdays

Program Monday Wednesday
Halfway to the North Pole! June 27 June 29
Netting the Big Ones! July 11 July 13
Fairies, Trolls and Goblins! July 18 July 20
Unearthing the Past! July 25 July 27
Treasure Hunters! Aug. 1 Aug. 3
Dirty Secrets! Aug. 8 Aug. 10
Nature Boat Derby! Aug.15 Aug. 17
Danger on the Way! Aug. 22 Aug. 24
Support your community – become a member!
$1000 Bull Moose – Life Time Member
$ 500 Eagle – Friend of Refuge
$ 250 Bobcat – Sustaining Member
$ 100 Fox – Supporting Member
$ 50 River Otter – Family
$ 35 Tree Swallow – Individual                                                                                                                                                                                   $15 Spring Peeper – Student
Please mail you check to:Hirundo Wildlife Refuge  P.O. Box 266 Orono, ME 04473or pay on-line:
Thank you for your concern and dedication to the environment and the community!