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History

In 1986 Friends of Acadia founders envisioned a membership-based and volunteer-powered organization that would translate their love for Acadia into tangible good for the park. For more than a quarter-century, that vision has guided our work—from modest early volunteer projects and small equipment donations, to major achievements such as Acadia Trails Forever, establishing the nation’s first endowed trail system.

“In my 22 years at Acadia, I have watched Friends of Acadia grow from a small, fledgling organization to one of the most effective friends’ groups in the country. Acadia National Park is a far greater place today because of the leadership of FOA’s staff and board and the generosity and dedication of its many donors and volunteers.” –Len Bobinchock, Acadia National Park Deputy Superintendent (retired)