Stewardship Volunteers


Our Drop-in Stewardship Volunteer Program is open!

The 2022 Drop-In Program runs 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays into October. Please check out the Project Schedule linked below (projects will be posted on Thursday for the following week). Group registration is currently open, the form is also linked below.

 

Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia are excited to welcome back stewardship volunteers through the Stewardship Volunteer Drop-In Program. The drop-in program gives individuals and groups the opportunity to join Acadia’s Trails and Carriage Road stewardship teams in maintaining the park’s trails and carriage roads.

Volunteers get hands-on with important work like cutting back vegetation, rebuilding small rock retaining walls, maintaining and rehabilitating hiking trails, and cleaning up at picnic and scenic areas. A half-day’s help goes a long way, too. Projects run 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from now through October (weather permitting), and no experience or reservations are necessary.

Many groups such as church groups, rotary clubs, and even groups of friends also volunteer. Groups do need to register and be scheduled in advance. Whether you volunteer for a few hours, a few months, or year after year, you will see a new side of Acadia, feel a deeper connection to the park, and leave this national treasure a little better than you found it.

Many hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year on essential projects. Together, they make a real and lasting difference for Acadia National Park.

WHAT: Volunteers assist with many projects in Acadia National Park, like cutting back vegetation along the trails and carriage roads, rebuilding small rock retaining walls, maintaining and rehabilitating hiking trails, maintaining historic vistas, and cleaning up at picnic and scenic areas.

WHEN: June through October (weather permitting)
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday mornings
8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Check the upcoming project schedule!

WHERE: Acadia National Park Headquarters on 567 Eagle Lake Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

HOW: Staff and volunteers will greet you on the front lawn of ANP Headquarters. They will provide you with tools, gloves, training, and transportation to the work site for the morning’s project.

WHAT TO BRING & CLOTHING: Water, snack/lunch, and insect repellent. Dress in layers for variable Maine weather, and wear sturdy shoes (no sandals or exposed toes). Ticks carrying Lyme disease are very common in Maine. We recommend wearing long socks and light colored pants, which you can tuck into your socks, to prevent ticks from climbing under your clothing.

All youth 17 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
We love pets, but please leave them home when you come to volunteer for their safety and yours.

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Stewardship Assistant at 207-288-3934 or email us.

GROUPS: If you are a group with more than 5 volunteers and would like to schedule a service project with us please let us know using the form below. We work with service groups from across the country to be stewards of Acadia and would love to schedule a project with your group or organization. Please contact the Stewardship Assistant, Nikki Burtis at 207-288-3934 or by email if you have any questions about group service projects or the Stewardship Program. We can work with you group to find a project that fits both your needs and the needs of the park.

SCHOODIC: For seasonal volunteer opportunities at the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, please contact the Acadia National Park Volunteer Coordinator: 207-288-8716 or email volunteeracadia@nps.gov.