Spring cleaning is a worthwhile tradition, whether you’re taking care of the dust bunnies in your closet or picking up accumulated trash from a public roadside. At Friends of Acadia, we’re working to put an extra sparkle on the park and surrounding communities in advance of the busy summer season—gearing up for stewardship events and programs on the trails and roads, science and natural-resource-protection programs that promote a healthier Acadia ecosystem, advocacy work to give park managers the resources they need to take the best care of this special place, and special programs for kids and families so they can grow more connected and learn to care for Acadia as well.
Read on for details about a few of these “spring cleaning” efforts. Thanks for reading, and thanks for any help you can give!
Friends of Acadia Earth Day Roadside Cleanup: Join friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the 16th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup, to collect a winter’s worth of trash from roadsides on MDI and Trenton. Always the last Saturday in April, it’s a great day to take pride in your community, get outside, and celebrate spring, FOA-style.
This year’s cleanup will take place this Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Online preregistration is now open; please visit https://friendsofacadia.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-roadside-cleanup. After you preregister, your registration will not be complete until the event coordinator has assigned you to a cleanup location. You can also call Mike at 207-288-3340 and register in one step. We’ll see you there!
Junior Rangers at the Wild Gardens: In celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, Acadia National Park will host two special family festivals. Children 12 and under and their families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by anytime and stay as long as you can. All activities are free and will take place rain or shine; please come prepared for the weather.
On Mount Desert Island, activities will take place Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sieur de Monts. Play with pioneer toys, meet Smokey Bear, learn about bats, watch a search dog demonstration, make s’mores over a campfire, or create nature art along with other interactive stations. The Wild Gardens of Acadia (a committee of Friends of Acadia) will be taking part. Call 207-288-8812 for more information.
On Saturday May 16, come to the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon searching for salamanders, testing your skills as a junior firefighter, exploring bird migration, creating with an artist, learning about sea creatures, and other fun events. Meet at the Moore Auditorium. Call 207-288-1312 to find out more.
Your Voice for Acadia: If President Obama’s FY 2016 budget passes as written, almost $2.5 million will be directed to Acadia National Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for important land acquisition projects. This funding would help the park acquire valuable privately held wetland and lakeshore habitats that are inholdings within the park. Congress needs to hear from constituents that we value land protection at Acadia and that it has great benefits by protecting wildlife habitat and conserving outstanding scenery for future generations to enjoy.
The Friends of Acadia Advocacy Network invites all members and supporters to contact your members of Congress to encourage them to appropriate robust funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Make sure they know that Acadia’s land acquisition projects are included in the President’s budget request and will be funded if Congress approves the levels he recommended. Read the Action Alert for additional information plus talking points about LWCF and its importance to park land protection. Thank you for speaking up for Acadia!
Transportation Scholarships for School Field Trips to Acadia: Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park are collaborating to enable more K – 12 students to experience one of Maine’s national parks. Recognizing that transportation costs may be prohibitive for some schools to plan a field trip to the park, Friends of Acadia will offer transportation scholarships for day trips to Acadia and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site starting this spring.
The first step toward applying for the transportation scholarship is to book a field trip through Acadia National Park. After the field trip is scheduled, teachers should apply for the transportation scholarship through Friends of Acadia. Deadlines for transportation scholarship applications are:
Spring 2015: April 27, 2015
For more information and the scholarship application, visit the Friends of Acadia website, here.
Open and closed in the park: All paved roads in the park are now open, including the entire Park Loop Road and the Cadillac Summit Road. Unpaved roads (such as Lurvey Spring Road) do not normally open until mid-May, but that opening may be delayed due to the unusually snowy winter.
The carriage roads will close tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, for their spring drying-out period. It is imperative to the well-being of these beloved roads that we all stay off them while they are waterlogged, so please help us encourage everyone to respect the “road closed” signs for the next two or so weeks!
Three areas of the hiking trails are closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites: the Precipice on Champlain Mountain, Jordan Cliffs, and Valley Cove Cliffs. These trail closures typically remain in effect until mid-August, although they may reopen earlier if a peregrine pair fail to nest successfully.
For details on closures, visitors can check the ANP website or call the park at 207-288-3338.
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