FRIENDS OF ACADIA E-NEWS | October 2015
With Columbus Day behind us, Acadia’s “busy season” of 2015 has come and gone. The leaves are peaking in color—bright hues painting the mountainsides, a colorful show for late-season visitors. Days are getting shorter and colder, and the park is quieter. Even though visitation numbers will decrease, the park’s needs do not.
Friends of Acadia works hard for Acadia year—round. Take Pride in Acadia Day is FOA’s largest and perhaps most important volunteer event of the year—helping prepare the carriage roads for the winter months to come. It’s also a high-spirited community event. If you plan to be in the area on the first Saturday of November, consider joining in the fun!
Take Pride: On November 7th, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers will descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. After the morning’s work, crews will return to park headquarters for a hot lunch—the event’s traditional “CCC” meal of chili, cornbread, and cider (plus an extra “C” of cake). Registration is required and will close Friday, October 30th. Individuals and families can register online.
We Did It! Sixty-nine donors gave $10,255 in 11 days to meet our 2015 Fall E-Challenge. Because we reached our goal, a committed group of park friends have teamed up to offer a matching grant of $10,000. Thank you to everyone who helped!
These donations will give a great boost to our 2015 Annual Fund. If you missed the E-Challenge—don’t worry, you can still donate to the Annual Fund and help Friends of Acadia do more for the park and its surrounding communities.
Acadia Quest: Did you participate in our classic experiential scavenger hunt this year? The deadline for Acadia Quest submissions is fast approaching. Completed Quest materials must be submitted by November 13th to be eligible for prizes. Prizes will be sent to the winning teams at the end of the year. Questions about your quest? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-288-3340. We hope you had fun exploring your senses in Acadia National Park!
Foliage Feed: Do you follow @FriendsofAcadia on Instagram? If you don’t, now’s the time—for the next few days we will be sharing our favorite images of fall in Acadia National Park. If you would like your image featured, follow us on Instagram and tag your photo #AcadiaGold @FriendsofAcadia. See the photos here: https://instagram.com/friendsofacadia/
Thanking Volunteers by the Numbers: Without committed volunteers the park staff would not be able to keep up with all the work that goes into maintaining more than 120 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads. As of early October, drop-in volunteers in the Stewardship Volunteer Program have spent 1,796 hours on trails, 906 hours on carriage roads, 50 hours on invasive plant management, and 243 hours on other projects in 2015. In total, volunteers worked on 136 different projects in the park. These numbers do not include scouting, school trips, or any other scheduled groups, so total volunteer hours are even higher. Thank you to the volunteers for your tireless efforts—Acadia is better because of you! Find out how you can give some of your time to Acadia.
Header Photo: A park visitor watches the sun rise over the Atlantic from the Cadillac Mountain summit. Friends of Acadia photo by Julia Walker Thomas.