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E-News September 2013

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Dear Friends:

Labor Day has come and gone, and we’re enjoying the cool nights and more relaxed pace of September. But there’s still plenty going on at Friends of Acadia and in Acadia National Park! Now is a great time of year to view Acadia’s spectacular night skies, check out the Hawk Watch atop Cadillac, or hike a favorite trail. Beech Cliffs, anyone?

Speaking of Beech Cliffs, we’re still working to match the 2013 Westside Challenge and raise $10,000 for trailwork on the west side of Mount Desert Island. If you love Acadia’s historic hiking trails, please consider helping out.

And speaking of Acadia’s night skies…September offers some terrific events in and around Acadia, including the 5th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. Read on for details—we hope to see you there!

Acadia Night Sky Festival Poster5th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival: Thursday, September 26 through Monday, September 30. Since 2009, Friends of Acadia has partnered with Acadia National Park and other area organizations to host the Acadia Night Sky Festival, a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science, and the arts.

Events include star-gazing parties, night-sky photography workshops, a “bioluminescent night paddle,” family activities, and much more. Learn more »

Volunteers are needed for several FOA-hosted events! Contact Stephanie Clement at 207-288-3340 or to help out.


Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Presented by College of the Atlantic in partnership with Friends of Acadia, Friday, September 20, 7 to 10 p.m. at Gates Community Center at College of the Atlantic. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Acadia. Tickets: $10 (adult), $5 (children 18 & under). Tickets available at the door.

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities and create a positive future for the next generation. Learn more »

FOA volunteer managing invasive plantsNational Public Lands Day: Join volunteers of all ages for National Public Lands Day’s 20th Anniversary, Saturday, September 28,  8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year’s NPLD volunteer project will be an invasive plant removal on the Schooner Head Path and Jackson Lab property, both of which are adjacent to Acadia.

Volunteers are asked to meet at ANP headquarters at 8:00 am. A light breakfast will be served before the work project begins. To register or for more information, contact Terry Begley at 207-288-3340 or

Thank you to Nature Valley and the National Parks Conservation Association for supporting community-based invasive plant management in the communities surrounding Acadia.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor-oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. The Maine Outdoor Coalition’s goal is to connect our friends and neighbors with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, and good health. Learn more »

Friends of Acadia Journal Online:

The summer 2013 Friends of Acadia Journal is available online at This issue includes articles on hiking with kids, Japanese gardens and Acadia’s trails, and restoring a “Wild Acadia,” plus “Where in Acadia?”, updates on FOA programs, and more. The cover photograph by FOA communications assistant Chris Kasprak features Bass Harbor Marsh at sunset. Enjoy!

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein