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May 2015 E-News

Ocean Drive in the fog
Dear Friends:

On a foggy morning last weekend, Ocean Drive was cool, calm, and collected. Soft grays and pinks were the dominant theme. Lazy waves talked to the ledges in muted tones. The primary-colored outwear of rock climbers on Otter Cliffs took on a pastel look, as did Schoodic Point across Frenchman Bay—just visible at the border of a fog bank that hid the Gulf of Maine entirely from view. The very next day, the sun came out and Acadia put on an entirely new outfit—dressed in bright chartreuse and spring reds.

We love Acadia for all its faces and moments, its sweeping vistas and exquisite details. Like you, we have favorite spots and favorite activities—and it’s always fun to discover a new favorite among Acadia’s many pleasures. This E-News offers some activities and opportunities that might lead you to a new favorite or just let you reconnect with an old friend (whether in person or virtually!). However you connect with Acadia this month, we hope you find enjoyment and inspiration in the relationship. Thank you!

2015 Acadia Quest LogoJoin the Quest: The Acadia Quest is on! The classic experiential scavenger hunt returns for its eighth year, with the 2015 Acadia Sensory Quest. The 2015 Quest will challenge teams to explore the sights, smells, sounds, feel, and (optional) taste of Acadia to complete the Quest, earn their Quest badges, and be entered in the grand prize drawing in November.

This year the Quest will make use of more than 100 new interpretive wayside signs in the park, including the Jesup Path’s new Sensory Trail. In addition, we added a Speed Quest designed for visitors who are in Acadia for as little as two days. Acadia Quest challenges are designed to appeal to all ages and ability levels. Online registration is now open, or learn more here.

Schoodic Shoreline Cleanup: Volunteers are asked to help clean up the Schoodic Peninsula shoreline on Saturday, June 20. Meet at the Frazer Point Picnic area at 9:30 a.m. to sign in and receive a safety brief, trash bag(s), water, etc.  Volunteers are asked to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring insect repellent, a hat or sunscreen, and work gloves. Friends of Acadia will provide water to fill or refill personal water bottles, a light snack, and work gloves for those who do not have them. Please note this event will be canceled in case of inclement weather.

Also, Acadia National Park is always looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks at the SERC campus, from visitor outreach to gardening during the summer season. Contact ANP Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Fortier at 207-288-1329 for information.

Cyclists on the Park Loop RoadCar-Free Morning Survey: Acadia National Park hosted a car-free morning on Saturday, May 16, and we were pleased to see many visitors of all ages taking advantage of the park’s paved roads by many means of non-motorized transportation. Were you impacted (for better or for worse) by car-free Acadia last weekend? If you were we would love your feedback—Friends of Acadia is conducting a survey on visitor experience during the car free morning.

Friends of Acadia Journal Spring 2015 coverFOA Journal Now Online: The Spring 2015 Friends of Acadia Journal is now online! Featuring articles on restoring favorite paths, Acadia’s origins, monarch butterflies, and more, with a cover photograph of the Gorge Path in spring by Tom Blagden.

One feature story, on the rehabilitation of some of Acadia’s historic paths, will be of particular interest as the warm season begins. If you’ve walked the Asticou-Jordan Pond Path in the past few years you may have noticed the less-than-ideal conditions of stairways and other trail features. The 2014 Acadia trails program was the largest the park has seen, with many different groups coming together to restore these favorite trails. Read about it here »

Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit: Please mark your calendars for Saturday, August 8, when FOA will hold the 26th Annual Benefit Auction at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. Information on online ticket sales, online bidding, and absentee bidding will be available on the Friends of Acadia website by the end of June.

If you or your business would like to donate an item to be auctioned to support the protection of Acadia National Park or if you have a lead on a great auction item, please contact Shawn Keeley at Businesses can also participate in the 26th Annual Benefit through our business sponsorship opportunities; contact Sharon Broom at for details. Thank you to all the volunteers, donors, and friends who have worked to make this important conservation event a success over the years.

PS: We’re pleased to report that we have received patron gifts to fully subscribe the preview party; however, we still welcome event patrons to increase the event’s benefit to Acadia. Individuals interested in the Benefit Patron Program can email for additional details.

Ranger-Led Program Schedule 

Want to know when you can watch peregrines, cruise the bay, or go on a ranger-led walk? Acadia National Park now has an online events calendar to make finding things to do in the park even easier!  The new format is an interactive calendar of events, with events and programs fully searchable by keyword or date. Find it here »

Membership Table Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for our membership table, operating at Jordan Pond House from late June through Labor Day. As a volunteer, you will meet people from all over the world, share your enthusiasm for Acadia, and encourage visitors to help preserve the park by becoming members. A training session will be scheduled in late June, but anyone who cannot attend will be trained on-site by experienced volunteers. No weekly commitment is required; we only ask that you volunteer a minimum of three days during the summer. For more information, please contact Sharon Broom, Development Officer, at 207-288-3340 or

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” —Henry David Thoreau

Header Photo: Bates cairn on Penobscot Mountain. Friends of Acadia photo by Aimee Beal Church.
Car-Free Acadia Photo: Cyclists on the Park Loop Road. Photo by Stacey Cramp.