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E-News December 2013

Friends of Acadia / Aunt Betty Pond
Dear Friends:

With the holiday season upon us and Acadia’s delightful seasonal views peeping through bare-limbed trees, we’d like to thank you for your support of Friends of Acadia’s mission to preserve and protect this magnificent place—to honor and carry on a tradition of giving that began more than a century ago, even before Acadia was founded.

Our December E-News features giving of all kinds (plus an exciting opportunity to be a part of Acadia’s centennial celebration in 2016!). We couldn’t do a thing without the thousands of members and volunteers who give their effort, their dollars, their voices for Acadia. It’s a gift we’re grateful for this time of year, and in every season. Thank you.

We wish you the joys of Acadia this holiday season, from all of us at Friends of Acadia!

Giving Tuesday - December 2, 2013Giving Tuesday: We made it through Black Friday, and today is Cyber Monday. What’s next? Giving Tuesday—tomorrow, December 3. Giving Tuesday, the opening of the giving season, unites charities and donors across the globe for one day of mega giving. And you don’t have to be a world leader or billionaire to give back. Giving Tuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things.

Help Friends of Acadia raise $2,013 on Giving Tuesday! Just $20 will get one Acadia Quest family team into the park, so they can begin a lifelong relationship with Acadia. Set your alarm clock for any time tomorrow and visit to donate.


The Best Holiday Gift of All: We’re thrilled to share some fantastic news from our partners at Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and Acadia National Park.This fall, the latest chapter in the protection of the Schoodic Peninsula was completed as Schoodic Woods LLC donated a conservation easement to Acadia National Park that permanently conserves 1,400 acres of land adjacent to the park. The property, plus an additional 1,800 acres to the north, was long slated for resort development before Schoodic Woods LLC purchased it in 2011 with help from MCHT and Friends of Acadia.

Friends of Acadia has a long history of advocacy and partnership work to secure the permanent protection of this vital landscape. We thank our friends at MCHT and ANP for bringing this step to its culmination. You can read more about this remarkable gift here.

Eagle Lake, Acadia National ParkAcadia National Park Centennial Logo Contest: Calling all artists and graphic designers! Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park invite you to design a logo celebrating the park’s 100th anniversary in the year 2016. The winning entry in the Acadia National Park Centennial Celebration Logo Contest will receive a prize of $3,000 and their design will appear on publications, merchandise, online, and elsewhere throughout the centennial celebration.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014. The entry fee is $30; entrants may submit up to three designs with one entry fee. For complete rules, creative brief, and entry form, visit

Share the Gift of AcadiaFriends of Acadia Gift Memberships: Share Acadia with your loved ones this holiday season! A Friends of Acadia gift membership is a present your family and friends will enjoy throughout the year—and for generations to come. When you give a gift membership, your loved one will be welcomed into Friends of Acadia’s family of dedicated individuals committed to preserving and protecting the magnificent natural and cultural resources of Acadia National Park.

Your gift recipient will also receive:

  • Special mail delivery with a personalized gift card announcing your gift
  • A one-year subscription to the Friends of Acadia Journal, published three times annually
  • Greetings from the Heart of Acadia, a packet of six lovely art photograph note cards produced especially for Friends of Acadia
  • An FOA window decal
  • The satisfaction of knowing that membership in Friends of Acadia helps to preserve Acadia National Park for current and future generations

Gift memberships start at $40. If you choose to give a gift at a higher level, the recipient will receive additional membership benefits. You might even pair an FOA membership with a park map or annual park pass for an extra-thoughtful gift! Give Now

Friends of Acadia’s Online Auction: What’s all the buzz about? Charitybuzz, of course! Friends of Acadia is participating in the online charity auction house’s annual holiday auction. Visit to view items to benefit Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park. Happy Shopping!Bicycle above Jordan Pond

Westside Challenge: Valley Cove, Acadia Mountain, the Perpendicular Trail—what’s your favorite trail on the west side of MDI? If you have a special affinity for the tranquility of the Westside, now is your chance to show your love by taking advantage of matching dollars from an anonymous Fernald Point friend. We have just $2,150 to go, to meet the challenge. Make a snail mail or online gift today! Be sure to add a note designating the gift to the Westside Challenge.

Header Photo: Late autumn reflections on Aunt Betty Pond. FOA photo by Aimee Beal Church.