Happy May! We’re sending out a big “thank you” to the hundreds of community members who volunteered for the 14th Annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup last Saturday. Exactly 673 bags of trash were collected plus assorted roadside junk like tires, car parts, electronic equipment…three tons in all. What a great community effort!
We love watching Acadia change colors this month, as trees, shrubs, and flowers bloom and put out fresh spring leaves. May you have an opportunity to watch this wondrous change–if not in person, then through photos and in your mind’s imagination. Thank you for being a part of Friends of Acadia.
Painting Bridges Art Exhibit: The Painting Bridges project was a remarkable community art “happening” that took place in Acadia National Park from October 2012 through March 2013. Just before dusk, dozens of volunteers–ultimately 150 in all–would gather at one of Acadia’s historic Rockefeller bridges with flashlights in hand. Together they would illuminate the bridge, painting it with light, while photographer and project organizer Howie Motenko took a long-exposure photo. All 16 Rockefeller bridges and the two Gatehouses were photographed.
The result will be on display at the Northeast Harbor Public Library during the month of May. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, May 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All profits from the sale of the photographs will benefit Friends of Acadia. Please come and celebrate this amazing community art! (Photo courtesy of Howie Motenko) Painting Bridges website >>
Acadia Quest’s 2013 Trail Quest: The popular experiential scavenger hunt is all new for 2013! This year’s “Trail Quest” will challenge teams to Explore, Protect and Learn about Acadia from a trail perspective. Quest teams will walk, hike, and scramble along trails in and around Acadia, including community, village connector, pond, oceanside, and summit trails.
Each Trail Quest team will receive a park map and pass and a Trail Quest card. Teams will document each hike with a picture or trail sign rubbing to prove they completed an activity in the Quest. Acadia National Park offers many trails perfectly suited to introducing children to the variety of nature’s splendors, from easy trails along streams and oceansides to more demanding summit climbs. Hiking is a lifetime sport, which can develop an appreciation for both nature and physical activity that will benefit them throughout their lives. Join the fun–join the Quest! Check our website at www.friendsofacadia.org/events/quest.shtml or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/friendsofacadia for updates.
Celebrate National Trails Day: Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Friends of Acadia invites you to help us inaugurate the new Trenton Community Trail, behind the Acadia Gateway Center, 685 Route 3 in Trenton. The looped 1.8-mile Trenton Community Trail leads out to a viewing platform overlooking Trenton’s “hidden” dwarf shrub bog, and features a variety of interpretive panels describing some of the natural and other features of the trail.
A light breakfast will be served, followed by a guided hike of the trail. Please help us celebrate this new community asset and thank the many volunteers, donors, and partners who made it happen! To RSVP or for more information, contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 288-3340.
Friends of Acadia Journal Online: The print edition of the Friends of Acadia Journal has arrived in some mailboxes, but it’s available online for all. The spring 2013 Journal includes articles on the Painting Bridges Community Art Project, historic apple orchards in Acadia, documenting the carriage road landscape, and more.
This issue inaugurates two new regular features: the “Where in Acadia?” photographic challenge; and “Why I’m a Friend of Acadia,” with reflections on Acadia National Park’s impact and value to the life of a member, volunteer, or supporter of Friends of Acadia. We’ve added four pages to the Journal to accommodate these additions. We hope you’ll enjoy it! Read the Journal online >>
Enjoy “Open Acadia”: With all the publicity around budget cuts in national parks, we’re working with many Acadia-area organizations to dispel the myth that “Acadia is closed.” True, the budget reductions are having a serious impact on park operations and its ability to plan for long-term management of its precious resources, and Friends of Acadia will continue to advocate for full federal funding for our national parks, “America’s Best Idea.”
But even before the Park Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain opens to autos on May 17, there’s so much to see and do in Acadia. Most of the park’s popular destinations are still accessible, and this is also a great opportunity to go somewhere in the park you might not otherwise visit.
Most Popular Activities:
• Drive along Ocean Drive to Sand Beach and Thunder Hole.
• Climb the Beehive.
• Hike Dorr Mountain, Acadia Mountain, and at least 40 other trails.
• Visit Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
• Walk through the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
• Bike around Eagle Lake.
• Drive to Schoodic Point.
Try Something New:
• Bike a CAR FREE Park Loop Road in warm May weather! Two-way travel is allowed for bikes on closed-to-autos sections of the road. If you’re up for the challenge, this is your chance to bike the Cadillac Summit without cars slowing you down on the descent.
• Canoe in Echo Lake, Long Pond, or Eagle Lake. Wear a flotation device–the water is cold.
Walk into the park from Bar Harbor on the Great Meadow Loop and Kebo Connector.
• Explore Wonderland. This magical bit of coastline is a revelation for many families with small children.
• Check out the cobblestones at Hunters Beach.
• Hike a trail you’ve never been on before. There’s something for all ages and ability levels, from the Jesup Path to the Cadillac Summit.
To learn more about Friends of Acadia’s work to preserve and protect Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities, visit www.friendsofacadia.org
“Spring has returned. And the Earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.” –Ranier Maria Rilke