Hirundo Wildlife Refuge offers a wide array of programs and events for all ages to enjoy!   Below is the list of the upcoming events and programs.  All attendees are asked to complete a waiver before participating.  You can download a waiver here.  

Full Moon Paddles

Experience the sound and shadows of the evening, and watch the moon beams of the Full Moon dance on Pushaw Stream.


Hirundo provides the canoes, paddles, and life jackets. We utilize our canoes and kayaks or you are welcome to bring your own. All ages are welcome.


Dress for the weather and bring flashlight.


Although Hirundo thoroughly observes weather data and consults with a meteorologist we cannot be certain of the weather conditions.


Cancellation Policy: Hirundo reserves the right to cancel the Full Moon paddle

• In case of inclement/hazardous weather conditions

• If cloud cover exceeds 75 %


Cost: Pricing for the Full Moon Paddles Adults are $12, $5 for children


Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, Maine 04468

September 29th, 5:30pm   REGISTER
October 2nd, 6:15pm   REGISTER
Sunset Paddles

Join us for a beautiful scenic sunset paddle along the idyllic Dead and Pushaw Streams. Hirundo will provide canoes, paddles, and life jackets. Personal canoes or kayaks are also welcome.​

Cost:  $12 for adults $5 for children

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, Maine 04468

Please reserve your spot by purchasing a ticket. Only 10 spots available per paddle.

September 20th, 5pm   Register Now
Sunrise Paddles

Join us for a guided sunrise paddle outing, and watch the natural world start the day. Wildlife are particularly active in the dawn hours, so we may see beaver, muskrat, eagles, deer and moose on our journey. $10 for adults $5 for children


Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, Maine 04468


Please reserve your spot by purchasing a ticket. Only 9 spots available per paddle.

Check Back for Scheduled Paddles Soon

Get your Friday started right with some refreshing outdoor activity. Try Hirundo's Friday canoe/hike from 9-11am.

Park at Gate 3 where you launch canoes, provided by Hirundo. On the way to the old weir, you'll get to observe & investigate plants & wildlife.

The stop at the old eel weir includes a short & easy hike to the 'Hirundo site' a place where Native families lived and fished thousands of years ago. It is listed in the National Register for Historic Places.


This event is great for families or youth groups. Due to group regulations during COVID19, we will be using the small canoes to fit 1-3 people. Experienced paddlers can go solo, smaller children can sit in the middle while their adult or older siblings paddle.

All equipment; canoe, paddles, and life jackets are provided as well as some general paddling instructions. Also feel free to bring your own equipment if you like.

Recommended: long, lightweight pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a hat. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Do not forget your face-mask.


$25 per canoe for this event.


Register with Eventbrite where you can answer the question for the number of people in your group.

Location: Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road, Alton, ME 04468).

Friday Canoe and Hike 
September 25th 9:00AM    REGISTER
October 2nd  9:00AM     REGISTER

MAY 2020


MAY 2020


Stay tuned for details of our Fall Foraging Workshop. 

Hirundo's COVID-19 Response:  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is following guidance set forth by the Maine CDC and Governor's Office.  When allowed, we will host events that are allowed, asking attendees to also follow the guidance by maintaining the distance of 6 feet from others and wear masks where appropriate.  

At this time, HIRUNDO IS OPEN. Please follow all national and state regulations for enjoying nature safely and responsibly. Parking is available at Gate 1, and visitors are welcome to walk in dawn to dusk. Nature is a rare resource in a time of social withdrawal, and Hirundo is here to provide that much-needed balm. We'll be posting activities for families and individuals as Mother Nature carries on into summer and some of our favorite friends begin to return to the Refuge. Stay tuned and stay healthy friends!


Visitors are welcome at Hirundo daily from dawn to dusk.  Gate 1 is open to vehicles every day 9am to 6pm.  If gate is closed, 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 04474



Office 207-581-3226


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