Acadia Quest is a series of outdoor experiences in Acadia National Park that encourage youth to explore, learn, and protect national parks and other conserved lands. 2017 marks the tenth year, with the Acadia Quest: Pathmakers Edition focusing on Acadia’s historic trails and the people who make them great. The team activities this year are chosen by featured trails crew. Challenges will appeal to all ages. A Speed Quest is designed for visitors who are in Acadia for as little as three days. The program is free and open to all, but you will need a park pass to participate.
How it Works
1. Form a team: Families, friends, relatives, or mentors create a team. Teams must include one child under the age of 18 and one adult over 18 years of age.
2. Register your team:
Registration is not required for teams to quest. If you would like your team to be eligible for prizes, your team will need to register. Teams can register for the 2017 season from June 15 – November 15.
3. Get the Quest Card: Friends of Acadia provides teams with a paper packet, which can be downloaded at the end of June or picked up at the visitor centers listed in section 4. Teams can also quest digitally with an app! In partnership with Friends of Acadia and the National Park Service, the Chimani Acadia National Park app is providing a digital version of Acadia Quest for the second year. It is very interactive with historic National Park Service staff video interviews, content related to quest activities, links to bus schedules, and more! For teams beginning their quest before the paper and digital version are available with full content at the end of June, you can use the 2017 activity list chosen by park staff below:
- Asticou Path and Map House
- Conner’s Nubble via walking or biking Eagle Lake Carriage Road
- Eli Creek Bridge on Isle au Haut
- Hadlock Brook Trail via Hadlock Ponds Trail
- Jordan Cliffs Trail via Deer Brook Bridge and Deer Brook Trail. Jordan Cliffs Trail is currently closed for peregrine falcon nesting season, but teams can experience Deer Brook Trail and all of its great new staircases and trails work now.
- Knight Nubble via Perpendicular Trail
- Pulpit Rock on the Gorge Path between Dorr and Cadillac
- Seaside Path near Jordan Pond Gate House
- Ship Harbor Trail
- Sundew Trail on Schoodic Peninsula
- Tea House remains on Great Head
- Valley Trail on Beech Mountain
4. Get a Park Pass: You will need an Acadia National Park Pass or the National Park Pass to participate in Acadia Quest. Debuted for Acadia’s second century, visitors can now purchase their park pass online. You many also pick up a park pass and Acadia Quest packets at the locations below, which are open daily through mid-October.
- Hulls Cove Visitor Center
- Thompson Island Information Center
- Village Green Information Center
5. Track your Quest: Complete and track activities in Acadia National Park as indicated on the Quest Card to qualify for prizes. If you are questing on the Chimani app, you will document by collecting green Acadia Quest badges on the app and may email a screenshot of the badges. To complete the full quest for 2017, you need to do 8 activities to be eligible for a park pass, Acadi Quest patches, and outdoor gear raffle. To complete the speed quest, do 4 activities to be eligible for patches.
6. Get Prizes: Acadia Quest ends on November 15. All registration forms and documentation must be entered at that time to be eligible for prizes. Prizes are sent to teams at the end of the year.
Questions about Acadia Quest? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-288-3340
“Thank you for organizing this program [Acadia Quest]! It was such a fantastic way for us to come and explore Acadia. We really appreciated the hiking guide and just had an amazing experience. Acadia’s now one of our favorite places!” —2013 Quest Team “The Daring D’s”