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E-News June 2013

Friends of Acadia June 2013 E-News
Dear Friends:

Happy June! Memorial Day weekend feels long gone and we’re in the full swing of summer. There’s so much going on at Friends of Acadia this month—seasonal employees are starting to dive into projects from youth technology initiatives to managing invasive plants to building bogwalks. All are vital to the health and well-being of our beloved Acadia National Park, and all are made possible by the generous contributions of Friends of Acadia members and volunteers. Thank you all.

Thanks, too, to the huge crowd that turned out June 1st to help inaugurate the new Trenton Community Trail. The trail loops across streams and through transitional woods to the Trenton “dwarf shrub bog,” on land that FOA purchased for the Acadia Gateway Center. With intepretive panels, bridges, and a boardwalk and viewing platform above the bog, the trail is a great recreational and educational resource! Photos from the event are on our Facebook page (including the pink lady’s slippers lining the trail!), and you can learn more on our website about the Trenton Community Trail and the many, many donors and volunteers who built it. It’s June—head outside and enjoy! Friends of Acadia Launches New Website: We’re so pleased to introduce the user-friendly new website at, with something for everyone—from the first-time visitor to the dedicated Friends of Acadia member or volunteer. It features a blog with news, insights, updates, and the “Friday quote”; the My Acadia slideshow where you can share your photos of Acadia National Park; information on Friends of Acadia events, programs, volunteer schedules, ski grooming conditions, and more; resources for planning a park-friendly visit to Acadia; an improved online donation platform; online event registration; and photographs of Acadia in all seasons.

We invite you to take a look! You can subscribe to the RSS feed to receive regular notification of new blog posts and other news items, comment on posts, and click the Facebook icon on pages and posts to share them with your Facebook community. It’s a great way to stay connected with Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park. »

Wild Gardens of Acadia Benefit Plant Sale Wild Gardens of Acadia Benefit Plant Sale: Each spring since 1961, the volunteers of the Wild Gardens of Acadia have held a benefit plant sale to support the maintenance of the Gardens.

This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Offerings will include native plants, vegetable seedlings, herbs, annuals, and perennials. Plants are donated from local nurseries, private estate gardens, and the Wild Garden volunteers’ personal gardens. The sale will be held rain or shine. All proceeds will help support the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Learn more about the Wild Gardens of Acadia »

Stewardship Volunteer Season Kicks Off: The regular Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday volunteer work crews have started meeting at 8:20 a.m. at Acadia National Park Headquarters on the Eagle Lake Road in Bar Harbor. This is a fantastic way to benefit the park’s amazing trail and carriage road systems, while getting outside and being active in the company of fun people.

All ability levels are welcome, and work projects range from easy to strenuous so there’s something for everyone. No need to register in advance—just show up! Next week, crews will be working on the Hadlock Brook Trail, the Canon Brook Trail, and the Paradise Hill carriage road. Those are some beautiful locations to get into your volunteer groove! Project schedule and more information »

 Acadia Trail Quest: The all-new Acadia “Trail Quest” is off and running—er, hiking—and it’s proving to be a wildly popular year for the Quest.2013 Acadia Trail Quest Over 80 teams have already signed up to explore the historic trail systems in and around Acadia National Park.

There’s plenty of time for new teams to join in the fun! From the perennial favorite Beehive Trail to the curiously named Anvil Trail, the Trail Quest will send teams all over Acadia on hikes of all types and terrains. Teams can customize their Quest to their own abilities and interests, and “Challenge!” hikes add some extra spice. Visit our Facebook page to see what other teams have been up to! Quest registration and more information »

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” —Albert Einstein