The mission of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is to preserve and protect the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of all generations.


Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters is an official philanthropic partner to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The organization also partners with the park service through an education agreement. Friends is a membership near 1,000 people, a partnership network that includes dozens of organizations, a 14-person board of directors, and a six-person full-time staff with the support of two part-time staff and wonderful contractors.

In 2024, we have three major focus points: ensuring a successful opening of Tekαkαpimək Contact Station, operating our youth program called Katahdin Learning Project, and supporting emergent lands and advocacy work, including a push for improved access to the national monument. Additionally, we have worked with our board, staff, NPS, and community partners on a robust strategic planning process, with a new plan to be shared before the year ends.

In 2021, we wrapped up our first strategic plan. To support visitation, we produced five maps and guides and engaged in countless one-on-one conversations to help early visitors. To invest in long-term community revitalization, we’ve engaged over 8,000 students in experiences through the Katahdin Learning Project. And to support the development of much-needed infrastructure in the park, we donated 7 new tent sites by the historic Lunksoos Camps.

Annual Info

Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2017. Our EIN, or Federal Tax Identification Number, is 81-5102906. Each fiscal year, which we align with the calendar year, we have filed an IRS form 990. Starting in 2019, we expanded our annual filing, reviewing, and reporting process to include a financial audit and published annual report.