Each year, Friends of Acadia works with Acadia National Park to identify places and projects where Friends of Acadia’s effective mix of private philanthropy, volunteerism, innovative leadership, and strong partnerships will most benefit the park’s critical needs.

We are guided by a long-term strategic plan with four focus areas, and a collective passion to preserve, protect, and promote stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities.

Friends of Acadia draws on a deep well of individual love for this remarkable place to help meet Acadia’s greatest and most pressing needs. With your help, we make crucial conservation grants to the park and communities, recruit and lead a corps of enthusiastic volunteers & seasonal staff, defend the park against emerging and ongoing threats such as climate change, advocate for Acadia before Congress and the Maine legislature, and more.

The “we” at Friends of Acadia is all of us – members, donors, volunteers, our board of directors, staff, partners, and of course, the dedicated park leadership, staff, and volunteers. We invite you to explore our work and our impact for our beloved Acadia.

Wild Acadia

A multi-faceted set of programs to help Acadia’s native plants and wildlife thrive despite threats from climate change, invasive pests and other rapid environmental changes.

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Tomorrow's Stewards

Inspiring the next generation to carry on our legacy by igniting a lifelong love of nature through a continuum of engagement in Acadia’s wonders and the natural world.

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Acadia Experience

Friends of Acadia works with Acadia National Park to identify resources that are negatively impacted by increasing park visitation, and develop innovative and long-term approaches to mitigating these impacts.

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Trails & Carriage Roads

Acadia’s 130-mile hiking trail network and 45-mile carriage road system are the most beloved of Acadia’s cultural resources. Visitors and residents consider the trails and carriage roads a precious resource.

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Join Us!

All Friends of Acadia’s programs are supported by membership dollars from more than 4,500 members and donors worldwide who love Acadia and help protect and care for it. If you are already a member—THANK YOU! If you are just learning about our mission and our impact for Acadia, click below to learn more.