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September 2015 E-News



Monarch butterfly on asters at the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
Dear Friends:

With a slight chill in the mornings and evenings, fall is on its way. From the trails of Acadia slight hints of autumn gold are starting to pop into view on the mountainsides. As we pack away our bathing suits and shorts, we look forward to fun fall activities—biking on the carriage roads, hiking in the brisk winds, taking in the view from an Acadia vista, and enjoying all Acadia has to offer.

Spring 2015 Car-Free Acadia Car-Free Acadia: This Saturday, September 26th from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., the National Park Service will close the Park Loop road and Cadillac Mountain Road to motor vehicles to give visitors to enjoy a car-free experience on the usually busy roads. While the car-free morning is a great way to enjoy the roads by foot or bike, visitors will have the option of riding the Island Explorer or one of the park’s two authorized concessioner bus tours. The Island Explorer will increase service on the Loop Road (#4) route to every 15 minutes from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m. For more information on this event, visit our website.

Volunteers Needed: 
Friends of Acadia is seeking volunteers to help with a public survey during the Car-Free Acadia Morning. Volunteers will distribute survey cards at locations in the park, such as Jordan Pond, the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, and more. We will also need volunteers to help open and close park gates as the Island Explorer, Oli’s Trolley, and Acadia National Park Tours go by. For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephanie Clement at or 207-288-3340.

Sheridan SteeleJoin Us in Saying Thanks: Superintendent Sheridan Steele will be retiring this fall, after 12 years at Acadia’s helm. Friends of Acadia is compiling a “virtual thank-you card” from Friends of Acadia members, Acadia National Park lovers, and other friends. We will present a printed copy of your messages to Sheridan upon his retirement. Please join us in saying thank you to this incredible leader and friend of Acadia. To sign Sheridan’s “card,” click here.

Every Kid in a Park Every fourth grader in America—and their family—can now access Acadia National Park for free! Shawn Keeley, Friends of Acadia Senior Development Officer, has a son in fourth grade and recently wrote a Cobblestones blog post about how the Every Kid in a Park initiative has benefited his family.

Run for Acadia: “America’s most scenic marathon” is coming up! Help keep the course beautiful by donating to the MDI Marathon runners who are fundraising for FOA in this year’s race. Please help us in cheering them on by donating on their fundraising page.


Take Pride in Acadia:  

Registration is now open for TPIAD 2015. On Saturday, November 7th, join hundreds of other enthusiastic volunteers in helping Acadia National Park prepare the carriage roads for winter. This volunteer event is perhaps the most important of the year in Acadia, is vital to preventing significant damage to road surfaces and helping ensure the carriage road remain in pristine condition for years to come. Preregistration is required; this event fills to capacity every year!

Acadia Quest:

There’s still time to register for Friends of Acadia’s classic Acadia National Park scavenger hunt! Acadia Quest, now in its 8th year, is a way for families, friends, relatives, or mentors of children to get out in the park together and discover new favorite places, activities, and knowledge. In addition to the classic quest, we’ve added a Speed Quest designed for visitors who are in Acadia for as few as two days. Acadia Quest challenges are designed to appeal to all ages and ability levels. For more information and to register, visit our website. The 2015 Acadia Quest ends November 13th.

Header Photo: Monarch butterfly on asters at the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Friends of Acadia photo by Julia Walker Thomas.