Elk in western MA? Alligators in a cornfield? You must be at Mike’s Maze in Sunderland, MA! This year’s maze theme is the National Park Service’s 100 year anniversary. The maze is cut into a cornfield on the banks of the Connecticut River, and when viewed from above, artistically depicts Old Faithful and the profile of Teddy Roosevelt.
Visitors travel through old cornstalks, seeking life-sized silhouettes of wildlife found a national parks across the country, and answering National Park trivia questions. These questions will certainly test your national park knowledge. For example, one question asks what is the deepest lake at a National Park? (Crater Lake, OR). Another asks you to locate the newest national park (as of 2013) on a map (Pinnacle, CA).
Signs throughout the maze remind visitors of the simple brown and white wayfinding signs seen at national parks. On a crisp fall day, the maze has hundreds of visitors – what a great way to spread the word about our national park system! More information on the maze can be found on their website: http://mikesmaze.com/
Johanna Stacy works as a planner/data analyst by day, and spends her free time exploring the outdoors. She lives in western Massachusetts.