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Orono Bog Boardwalk, Bangor

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The Orono Bog Boardwalk is 4,200 feet long and is composed of 509 sections 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, plus connector bridging at turns. Seven interpretive stations plus an orientation kiosk educate Boardwalk visitors about the various habitats and wildlife present, as well as the geologic history of the Orono Bog. Benches every 200 feet provide visitors rest areas and are placed at wheelchair turnaround sections.

Currently, over 50 volunteers help to maintain the Boardwalk, guide tour groups, lead nature walks, and do the countless other jobs that allow visitors to have an enjoyable experience. Volunteers in 2011 contributed over 3,300 hours in work at or for the Boardwalk. Since opening in 2003, volunteers have provided over 25,000 hours of work. The original Boardwalk took over 8 months to build by more than 100 volunteers, as well as the Maine Conservation Corps, carpentry crews from the Charleston Correctional Facility, and other groups.

Every year schools and other community groups take advantage of our free guided walks. In the last 5 years, 86 K-12 school groups (2,806 students), 40 civic and other groups (466 attendees), and numerous self guided college and university classes came to the Boardwalk. Since June 2003, over 275,000 visits have been made to the Boardwalk. In the first 14 weeks of the 2012 season, over 14,800 visits were recorded.

Boardwalk volunteers raised $223,000 during Phase I of the Orono Bog Boardwalk Capital Campaign. We are now engaged in Phase II to raise the needed $298,000 to continue the work. As of January 1, 2014 we have raised $60,000 toward Phase II which we hope to complete by the end of 2014. For Phase III we will need to raise $500,000. We hope to complete Phase III by the end of 2015. Completion of Phase's II and III will make the Orono Bog Boardwalk available for our thousands of visitors well in to the future.

For more information about ways to support the Orono Bog Boardwalk or about methods and advantages of charitable giving through the University of Maine Foundation, please contact Jeffery N. Mills, President/CEO, (207) 581-5100 or (800) 982-9503, or by e-mail at jeffmills@maine.edu.

If you have questions about the Orono Bog Boardwalk and its reconstruction or the capital campaign, please contact Boardwalk Director Jim Bird at jim.bird@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1697.
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  • This is a great little walk. The boardwalk is excellent and very accessible. There are frequent information signs and great views. This is very well maintained. Donations accepted. The metal... 
    This is a great little walk. The boardwalk is excellent and very accessible. There are frequent information signs and great views. This is very well maintained. Donations accepted. The metal...  more »
  • All seven of us took the walk and three of us are from California. We took our time walking and like to stop to read the postures about the different birds, reptiles, and flowers. Then actually see... 
    All seven of us took the walk and three of us are from California. We took our time walking and like to stop to read the postures about the different birds, reptiles, and flowers. Then actually see...  more »
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  • It's been a while since I'd been there last. While a few sections are a little wobbly as one should expect in a bog, all of the old rotting wood has been replaced with sturdy plastic decking. I always enjoy coming here to see the variety of native species in their mostly untouched habitat.
  • I’ve lived in Maine for most of my life and never had a clue such a beautiful place was here! You too can yell, ‘IS THAT A PITCHER PLANT?!’ When you first see one, only to discover thousands more reaching as far as the eye can see. The same for the exciting, yet tiny Sundew plant eating away at bugs. The peat moss is a beautiful red once you reach the more open areas, and there are so many birds out there that you have to wonder if bugs live very long in a bog. (The mosquitoes seem to do just fine.) It’s honestly one of the most magical places in Maine, and I’m so glad it’s been carefully taken care of. For the boardwalk, itself, please be careful on wet days as the plastic can get a bit slick. (I did just fine with some basic sneakers.) There are also a plethora of slugs enjoying a stroll on the boardwalk with you that you need to watch out for. If you need a break, there are benches and places to pull to the side and read about the wildlife there. It’s a very well thought out way to let people enjoy nature without trampling it as some do. The only downside is there were a few cigarette butts, chewed gum, bottle caps, and other trash items obviously dropped/thrown into the bog just off the walk as well as people with dogs (that aren’t allowed there.) Not a downside to the place, itself, but to the unfortunate guests these places often get.

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