The New Year is only two weeks old, and already Acadia has given us a great range of wonderful winter moments: a single day of mirror-like ice on the smaller ponds, a downy blanket of new snow, thick sea smoke over Frenchman Bay, sunsets of magenta and tangerine, dazzling stars in clear winter skies…. Here at Friends of Acadia, our winter moments focus on exciting plans for the year ahead: preparing to launch new projects, hire new staff, and connect with new friends—all while continuing to maintain the “old” projects and programs that continue to make such a difference for our beloved park. Not to mention growing anticipation and preparation throughout 2015 as we look ahead to Acadia’s centennial year in 2016.
Thanks for being a part of Friends of Acadia’s work to preserve and protect Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities, this year and every year.
Acadia Winter Trails: With a solid frozen base and several inches of fresh snow, cross-country skiing in Acadia is at its best right now. The immaculate surface of the park’s historic carriage roads makes them perfect for skiing, and the volunteer groomers of the Acadia Winter Trails Association (AWTA) make it easy to get out and enjoy some of the most scenic skiing around (dare we say anywhere?).
The volunteers have been out in force this week after Monday’s snowfall. All routes except Upper Around Mountain are currently groomed and tracked, and conditions are excellent. If you’re not familiar with the routes, a map can be found on the Friends of Acadia website. In addition, a recent blog post on Cobblestones, the Friends of Acadia blog, gives some “insider tips” to help choose a good route for your first time(s) out, and we always try to post grooming updates on the FOA Facebook page and Twitter. Skiing in Acadia has always been a community effort—you can be a part of it by posting on social media after you go for a ski. Tell us your route and how the conditions were, and use the hashtag #SkiAcadia to help others make their ski plans!
A big thanks is due to the AWTA volunteers for getting off to a fantastic start this winter, and to the family of Leila Bright, who provided the endowment dollars that helps to support this program.
Work in Paradise: 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 Runner and Recreation Technician positions posted, and anticipate positions in the Acadia Youth Technology Team, the Cadillac Summit Stewards, and the Field Crew program (and perhaps others) being posted in the coming weeks. In addition, we anticipate a new full-time position in the Friends of Acadia office, for an Office Associate working across the Development and Administration Departments.
Job announcements are posted online at http://friendsofacadia.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/. If you or someone you know is looking for seasonal work, we recommend checking this page periodically over the next couple of months—be sure to bookmark it. Friends of Acadia is an equal opportunity employer, and every position includes the satisfaction of doing great work to benefit a very special place.
Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit: It may only be January but we are already looking forward to our 26th Annual Benefit, under the big tent at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. Save the date for Saturday, August 8, 2015. Following an incredible 25th Anniversary Benefit last year, we are planning an evening of great food, great friends, and inspiring auction items—all in support Acadia National Park. To learn more about the Benefit and to see photos from last year, please visit http://friendsofacadia.org/giving-membership/annual-benefit/ .
Friends of Acadia Journal Sponsorship: The Friends of Acadia Journal, published three times per year, is the membership magazine for Friends of Acadia, and our members tell us—repeatedly!—that they read it cover-to-cover. The Journal includes a limited number of sponsorship advertising spots for businesses who wish to support our work and connect with readers who share their vaules. In addition to members, the summer issue is mailed to all residents of the communities surrounding Acadia National Park. Sponsorships run for the calendar year, and are renewed each February.
If your business is interested in sponsoring the Journal this year, contact Sharon Broom (soon!) at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in our 2015 sponsorship invitation mailing. You can find additional information online at http://friendsofacadia.org/news-publications/friends-of-acadia-journal/advertise-in-the-journal/.
“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
Header Photo: Granite ledges on Ocean Drive. Friends of Acadia photograph by Aimee Beal Church.