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

July 2nd, 7:15pm   REGISTER
July 3rd, 7:15pm   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: Pricing for our Sunset Paddles are tiered to keep this program affordable for all. Our basic ticket price covers the base cost of the program, our higher tiered amounts support Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. $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.

July 11th, 7:30     REGISTER
July 25th, 7:30    REGISTER
Ten Bucks Theatre Presents: The Taming of the Shrew at Hirundo

Much more than a hilarious comedy, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew gives us insight into what lengths we’ll go to for love and legacy. It is a story of true equality and liberation. Please join us July 25th and 26th at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town!

Tickets are $15, reserve yours below!
All shows start at 6:00 pm, with pre-show entertainment from Jesse Speed and Cranston, of Last Song Studios.

Per guidelines set by the State of Maine and Maine CDC, performances are limited to a 50-person audience, so tickets must be purchased online and in advance. There will be no tickets available for purchase at the venue. Please see http://www.tenbuckstheatre.org/ten-bucks-theatre-safety-guidelines/ for more information on this and other safety protocols we will have in place to keep our cast, crew and audience safe during performances.

Thank you to our 2020/21 Season sponsors, H&R Block offices of Bucksport and Ellsworth!

July 25th 6:00PM    REGISTER
July 26th 6:00PM    REGISTER

Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Raised in a small town in western Maine, she began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16 alongside the internationally known medical herbalist Mary Bove.  In the fall of 1985, with her first mail order catalog and a small selection of herbal extracts and teas, Deb launched Avena Botanicals at the Common Ground Fair in Windsor, Maine. Avena Botanicals, located in Rockport, Maine, makes herbal products using fresh, organic & biodynamic herbs. Their herbs are hand-harvested and immediately processed on-site.


Deb Soule will be our guest presenter for the second Foraging Workshop offered by Hirundo Wildlife Refuge this year. She will be discussing both edible and medicinal plants, with an emphasis on common medicinal plants that we tend to think of as weeds. Soule has devoted her life to working with and understanding the healing benefits medicinal plants and biodynamic gardens offer individuals, families, and our planet. She focuses on using nourishing herbs, flower essences, whole foods, and meditation as part of her consulting practice. Deb's faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. She holds a Deb B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine.

July 23rd , 6:00pm     REGISTER

MAY 2020


MAY 2020


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 Tuesday through Sunday, 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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