Help Keep Acadia Trash-Free!

The 23rd Annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup is scheduled for April 27, 2024!
Registration is now closed!

Volunteers pose for a photo during the 2023 Friends of Acadia Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Photo by Julia Walker Thomas/Friends of Acadia

It’s time for spring cleaning in the communities around Acadia National Park.

Each April for the last 23 years, community volunteers have gathered to celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring by rallying on the roadsides of Mount Desert Island and Trenton to clean up what the winter left behind, putting trash where it belongs and keeping the communities debris-free.

Volunteer crews collect and bag trash that is later picked up by Maine Department of Transportation. Many churches, work groups or organizations sign up together as a community volunteer project. Crews will be assigned a cleanup location and given a meet-up place after they register.

This event is successful because of the ongoing support of our local businesses and generous community members.

We hope to see you “on the road” with friends and family on April 27, 2024.

Registration is required and is now closed.
Thanks to all the volunteers who’ve signed up!


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?
Registration opens April 1, 2024. You’ll fill out the form on this page to register.

When does registration close?
Registration deadline extended to April 22. You’ll get your location assignment soon thereafter.

How will I know where to go on April 27?
Once you have signed up you will receive an automatic confirmation email. As we get closer to the event, Nikki Burtis, Friends of Acadia’s Stewardship Coordinator, will be in touch about preferences for section assignments and will then give you your section assignment. Your section assignment will tell you where to go on April 27 to meet up with your section leader and receive supplies as well as further instructions.

What do I need to bring?
A positive attitude, a reusable water bottle, closed toed shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather! Trash bags, safety vests, gloves, water, and a light snack will be provided by your section leader once you arrive.

Who do I get in contact with if I want to be a section leader or if I have a group that wants to participate?
If you have a group that is larger than 10 participants or you want to be a section leader please email Nikki,

Any further questions?

Please call or email Nikki Burtis,, 207-288-3934.


You can also DIY anytime

Please dispose of your garbage appropriately. Recycle and compost whatever you can and place the remainder in trash cans or dumpsters. Or you can walk out the front door of your home or business towards the next street or even the next driveway—trash bag in tow. We all have the power to make a difference in our communities. Thank you!

Thank you our 2024 sponsors!