Hirundo's 2019 Campaign:




The facts are that today's youth spend very little time outdoors and are significantly more connected to their electronics than to nature. This lack of connection to the great outdoors, termed Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv, is of great concern. 


The Importance of Spending Time in Nature: 

Data shows that a connection to nature must be established by age 12 in order to firmly root a lifelong appreciation.  Spending time in nature improves mental function (studies show higher standardized testing scores), increases creativity,  improves emotional and physical health, and is also just plain old fun! 

Our Earth is fragile, and needs love, care, and attention to thrive. Without curing Nature Deficit Disorder, who will be the stewards of the future?


Meeting this goal:

Hirundo has been offering programs for the public and school groups for a decade. As we enter 2019, we are re-affirming our dedication to getting youth into nature with our 1,000 Kids in Nature Campaign. 


Hirundo is a great place for family recreation year-round.  We have a variety of resources (including free use of our canoes, kayaks, and snowshoes) to enhance our community's nature experience! To support our 1,000 Kids in Nature Campaign we'll be running contests and other fun incentives to build more frequent participation with Hirundo. 


Additionally, we are expanding our programming for schools, organized-groups, and the public. We are developing more hands-on and experiential learning lessons for school children both at Hirundo and in the classroom.


We invite you to join our campaign by bringing kids from your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your social circles to Hirundo to participate in our events or to explore and enjoy independently! Please sign into our logbooks at the gate and let us know how many Hirundo Kids came. Or take a photo of your adventures and send them to us or tag us: #Hirundomaine!




Every dollar we raise helps us work towards our goal of getting 1,000 Kids into Nature at the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. 

How each $1 helps Hirundo:

$10:    Cost for 1 child to attend a naturalist-led program at Hirundo

$15:    Cost of one set of binoculars

$30:   Cost of a child’s life vest

$50:   Cost of a child’s pair of snow shoes 

$200: Cost of  an environmental education program for a public school class

$250: Cost of hosting a live-animal demonstration (owls, raptors, or other Maine wildlife)

$300: Cost of a bus to bring school kids to Hirundo for hands-on learning


Visitors are welcome at Hirundo daily from dawn to dusk.  Gate 1 is closed for the winter season. However, you may park at the gate and walk in.  


1107 West Old Town Rd.

Old Town, ME 04468

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PO Box 266

Orono, Maine 04473



Office 207-581-3226


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