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MECOA Partners with Maine State Parks

June 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on MECOA Partners with Maine State Parks 

From June 1 to 25, campers who stay at any Maine campground that is a member of the Maine Campgrounds Owners Association (MECOA) will be able to visit any Maine state park or historic site for day-use at no cost, Camden’s Herald Gazette reported.

The special promotion is being offered by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, and MECOA in recognition of the proclamation made by Gov. Paul LePage that June is “Great Outdoors Month,” according to BPL officials.

“We are pleased to partner with other campground owners to provide more opportunities for outdoors recreation at our state parks,” Will Harris, BPL director, said. “This should be good for both of our organizations, but most importantly, it’s good for the recreating public.”

Earlier this spring, Gov. LePage proclaimed June 2011 as “Great Outdoors Month,” which will be highlighted by National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 11. The month is designated to recognize the opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities and to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

BPL is a member of MECOA, which represents about 200 campgrounds, including the 12 Maine state park campgrounds, around Maine.

For the first four weeks of the month, campers at any of the MECOA campgrounds will be able to get a “Great Outdoors Month State Park Visitor Pass” that will give them a free, day-use visit to any of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites.

“All they need to do is present the pass at the park or historic site’s visitor booth for free admission, and they will get to enjoy some of the best that Maine has to offer,” Harris said. “That means ocean-front and lakeside beaches, fascinating historic locales, and beautiful, scenic places great for picnicking, hiking, swimming — all kinds of fun.”

The pass is valid only when signed by a MECOA member campground agent. It is for use by one vehicle and its occupants during a stay at a MECOA member campground from June 1-25.

This benefit also pertains to all campers at Maine’s 12 state campgrounds, Harris said. Anyone camping at a Maine state park campground during the same period is eligible to visit another state park or historic site, day-use facility at no additional cost during the dates they are camping. State campground campers must show their camping permit or rear view mirror hang tag to the park staff at the day-use facility as verification of their eligibility to have the day use fee waived.

Maine Renews Free Camping Weekend Raffle

April 1, 2010 by · Comments Off on Maine Renews Free Camping Weekend Raffle 

Camping is a popular past time in Maine, and now the state is making it easier for folks who’ve never tried sleeping in the great outdoors before, according to WABI-TV, Brewer, Maine.

For the third year in a row, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is offering a free weekend of camping at any state park.

All 40 winners will also receive a $50 gift certificate from Hannaford to stock up on food supplies, four sleeping bags and other goodies.

And, one of the lucky families chosen, will win a complete set of camping gear, courtesy of LL Bean.

In order to enter the raffle, families must be from Maine and never camped before.

Registration starts today (April 1) and ends May 31.

For more information, you can go to www.parksandlands.com or http://take-it-outside.com.

32 Maine Families Win Camping Sprees

June 26, 2009 by · Comments Off on 32 Maine Families Win Camping Sprees 

Thirty-two Maine families will enjoy free camping, gift certificates and lessons, courtesy of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) this summer, according to DownEast.com. 

This is the second year for the BPL’s contest aimed at attracting first-time campers. More than 800 people registered to win smores and more this year. 

Previous winners are booking reservations at state parks again this year, according to a press release from the BPL, which touts the program as a success.

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