Marisa Marinelli Named Senior Development Officer

BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia welcomes Marisa Marinelli as its new Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts and Events. Marinelli will work with individuals, businesses, and partners to raise funds to help preserve and protect Acadia National Park. She replaces former Senior Development Officer Shawn Keeley who joined College of the Atlantic as its Dean of Institutional Advancement in March. (read more) Read more >

Spring issue of Acadia arrives soon

Acadia: The Friends of Acadia Spring Journal will be arriving in members’ mailboxes soon. The Spring 2021 issue includes features on Acadia’s virtual learning programs, the new Cadillac Mountain reservation system, park reopening plans for the 2021 season, and how Acadia awakens each spring. (read more) Read more >

Cadillac Reservation System

Beginning May 26, 2021, vehicle reservations will be required for Cadillac Summit Road from sunrise to sunset through October 19, 2021. The reservation system was designed as a tool to improve the visitor experience, ensure visitor safety, and protect park resources. (Read More) Read more >

Longtime Volunteer Julia Schloss Honored

Stewardship Volunteer Crew Leader Julia Schloss was honored recently by Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider and Friends of Acadia President and CEO David MacDonald thanking her for more than 25 years as a volunteer in the park. Read More… Read more >

Use Your RMD to Give Back to FOA

In past years we have seen an increase in FOA members and donors using qualified charitable distributions from their IRA to support the mission of Friends of Acadia. If you are 72 years old* and have a traditional IRA, you usually are required to take a minimum distribution from your retirement fund. But as a part of the CARES Act of 2020, you are not required to take the distribution this year. (click headline for helpful IRS link and to read more) Read more >

You DO Love Acadia!

A generous group of park friends made an offer of an incredible gift of $20,000 to Friends of Acadia with the caveat that we raise a matching amount by end-of-day October 15. That’s exactly what we did with the help of many contributions and we reached our goal a day early! If you missed the E-challenge, but would still like to contribute … Read more >

Response to COVID-19

Friends of Acadia prioritizes the health and safety of our members, volunteers, staff, and communities. We thank people in advance for their patience if some inquiries or responses are inadvertently delayed in this process. Our physical offices at 43 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor have been closed until further notice, so please be in touch by phone or email as our staff works from remote locations… Read more >