With the longest days upon us and the rosa rugosa perfuming downtown Bar Harbor with its heady scent, summer has overtaken us at Friends of Acadia. Likewise, our summer programs in Acadia National Park are getting started, including the Acadia Youth Technology Team, the Acadia Youth Conservation Corps, the Ridge Runners, and drop-in stewardship volunteering. That last group could include you! Just show up at Park Headquarters at 8:20 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings—all ages and abilities are welcome. (You can also check the weekly project schedule in advance to see what’s planned.) It’s a great way to feel more connected to Acadia and give back to this magnificent place.
However you like to enjoy the park, this is a great time for it. Whether you like to hike, bike, eat popovers, swim with your kids or grandkids, or just relax on a slab of sun-warmed granite with a magnificent view, we wish you many opportunities to experience the best of Acadia this summer.
Friends of Acadia Annual Meeting: Friends of Acadia invites members and the public to our Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 17, 3:45 to 6:00 p.m. Held at the Bar Harbor Club on West Street in Bar Harbor, this fun and informative event is your opportunity to meet FOA staff and board members, hear about recent accomplishments and initiatives, then enjoy a reception on the terrace overlooking the harbor. The winner of the Marianne Edwards Distinguished Service Award and other special awards will be announced. The Marianne Edwards Award, for outstanding accomplishments in helping Friends of Acadia and the park execute their respective missions, is Friends of Acadia’s highest honor and is named for our founder and the award’s first recipient.
To attend, RSVP by July 11: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-288-3340; toll-free 800-625-0321.
Meet me at the MT: Every summer, the Friends of Acadia Membership Table (or “MT”) at the Jordan Pond House is staffed by volunteers who know and love the park, and who believe deeply in Friends of Acadia’s effectiveness at working to benefit this special place. They speak with visitors about Friends of Acadia membership and sign up hundreds of new members each season. Their work is a great benefit to FOA, and the volunteers report that it’s lots of fun!
If this sounds like your cup of tea (yes, popovers are right inside, too!), consider volunteering this summer. Scheduling is flexible and training is offered—a training session will be held next week, June 23, in Bar Harbor. Contact Sharon Broom at email@example.com for information.
National Trails Day: On a glorious Saturday morning in early June, more than 40 trail enthusiasts and supporters turned out to be the first official hikers on two new Acadia trails: the Quarry Trail and the Otter Cove Trail, connecting Blackwoods Campground to the Otter Cove causeway and then on to the trails on Gorham Mountain, the Ocean Path, and beyond. Together, these new trails link the southern end of the Champlain and Cadillac trail networks and allow Blackwoods campers and others myriad new hiking loops and options for exploring the park without their cars. Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia officials were on hand to cut the ribbon, with thanks to the more than 200 volunteers who put in some 1,000 hours building the trails. Thank you to our event sponsors, who made the morning possible: Acadia Mountain Guides, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Birch Bay Village, The Bluenose Inn, Chapter Two, The First, Galyn’s, The Knowles Company Real Estate, and Window Panes.
“Nature does nothing uselessly.” —Aristotle
Header Photo: A classic trail sign atop Beech Cliff. FOA photo by Aimee Beal Church.