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January 2016 E-News



Winter at Otter Cliffs
Dear Friends:

Happy Acadia Centennial! Tonight the Acadia Centennial kicks off at 6 p.m. with a quintessentially “Maine” event. It seems fitting that the first event of this yearlong, Maine-wide celebration begins at Mount Desert Island High School with a baked-bean supper and viewing of the community-inspired Acadia Centennial film (see below for details).

Community support is the core of Friends of Acadia and what keeps Acadia National Park thriving. Whether it’s the Acadia Winter Trails Association volunteers grooming carriage roads for cross-country skiing, a family snowshoeing together for the first time at Day Mountain, or a young person returning to Acadia to work as a Ridge Runner, strong memories of experiences in this park give it a deeper meaning.

We hope you’ll join us here or follow along online as we celebrate the previous hundred years of world-class conservation at the park and inspire and launch the next hundred years of stewardship of Acadia.

2016 Winter JournalRead the Journal Online: The Winter Journal is now online! This packed issue includes a preview of some of the exciting Acadia Centennial events scheduled for 2016, a feature on multi-pronged work to protect the Cadillac Summit, photos of “Acadia Gold” through the eyes of our online community, and much more. With a cover photograph by Bar Harbor photographer Will Greene. Enjoy!

Ski Acadia: Though there has been limited snow this winter season, some 6 inches of snow fell on January 16 and the Acadia Winter Trails Association was out in force last week grooming the carriage roads. For grooming updates, check the FOA Facebook page. Skiing in Acadia has always been a community effort—you can be a part of it by posting photos and condition reports to social media. Use the hashtag #SkiAcadia to help others make their ski plans!

A huge thanks is due to the AWTA volunteers for getting off to a great start once the snow started falling, and to the family of Leila Bright, who provided the endowment that helps support this program

Bean SupperSupper and a Movie: Help us kick off the Acadia Centennial! The Mount Desert Island Historical Society, an Acadia Centennial Partner, will host its annual Baked Bean Supper on the evening of January 25. The Society, Friends of Island History, and the Acadia Centennial Task Force invites the public to the premier of a film, produced by local filmmaker Peter Logue, that will provide an overview of the exciting Acadia Centennial events to come in 2016! Many thanks to Acadia Centennial Signature Sponsor Darling’s Auto Group for their generous funding for the film. For the full details of this exciting event, visit the official Acadia Centennial website.

Follow the Acadia Centennial:  

Stay up to date on all the exciting Acadia Centennial events by following @acadianpcentennial2016 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. News, live updates, photos, and videos of Acadia Centennial happenings will be posted on these pages throughout the yearyou don’t want to miss it! Follow @FriendsofAcadia on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news and photos of Acadia National Park.

Work with us in the park:

Want to spend the summer working with us in Acadia National Park? January is the time of year when we begin posting seasonal job opportunities for the coming summer/fall season. Many of our seasonal jobs are geared toward teens and young adults, and offer a terrific summer experience outdoors in Acadia National Park! We currently have Ridge RunnerRecreation TechnicianAcadia Youth Technology Team, and Cadillac Summit Steward positions posted. Field Crew program positions (and perhaps others) will be posted in the coming weeks.

Header Photo: Otter Point after a fresh snowfall, seen from Thunder Hole. Friends of Acadia photo by Julia Walker Thomas.