FRIENDS OF ACADIA E-NEWS | SEPTEMBER 2015
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.
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.
Join 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.
Header Photo: Monarch butterfly on asters at the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Friends of Acadia photo by Julia Walker Thomas.