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. The 2016 Quest returns for the ninth year, with the 2016 Acadia Centennial Quest with a focus on Acadia’s 100-year history. The activities celebrate the past and inspire the future. Challenges are designed to 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
- 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.
- 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 2016 season from April 15 – November 15.
- Get the Quest Card: Friends of Acadia provides teams with a paper packet, which can be downloaded now or picked up at the visitor centers listed in section 4. New for 2016, teams can also quest with an app! In partnership with Friends of Acadia and the National Park Service, the Chimani Acadia National Park app is piloting a digital version of Acadia Quest in 2016. It is very interactive with historic National Park Service photos, videos related to quest activities, links to bus schedules, and more!
- Get a Park Pass: You will need an Acadia National Park Pass or the National Park Pass to participate in Acadia Quest. Debuting 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.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center April 15 – October 31
Thompson Island Information Center May 10 – October 15
Village Green Information Center June 20 – October 15
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.
- 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
Happy 100 Birthday, Acadia National Park!
“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”