Take Pride in Acadia Day


Friends of Acadia’s Take Pride in Acadia Day attracts hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches along miles of carriage roads in preparation for the cold weather.

Registration for this year’s Take Pride in Acadia Day has reached capacity and is now closed.

Friends of Acadia’s Take Pride in Acadia Day attracts enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches along miles of carriage roads in preparation for the cold weather. The well-coordinated volunteer effort focuses on areas where clogged drainage ditches and culverts could result in significant damage to road surfaces during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. Take Pride in Acadia Day is vital to the park’s ability to keep the carriage roads in pristine condition.

Take Pride in Acadia Day 2021

Take Pride in Acadia Day is Saturday, November 6. The event will be modified as it was last year to increase safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • We’ll operate at about 50% capacity with groups meeting at work locations rather than park headquarters
  • Participants who wish to participate will pre-register in teams of people with whom they feel comfortable working in the outdoors with. Your team of 8-16 people may consist of family, friends, students, outing clubs, etc.
  • Tools and other supplies will be distributed to groups ahead of the event, then on the day of the event your team will meet at a predetermined location along the carriage road system.
  • Volunteers should dress for in work clothes and prepared for the weather. Tools and gloves are provided.
  • Pre-registration of teams will be processed in the order they are received.
  • If you have questions, please contact us at stewardship@friendsofacadia.org.

We look forward to putting the carriages roads to bed for the winter with our amazing community of volunteers and staff.


Members of the Bog Runners volunteer group work to clear leaves from the carriage road during Friends of Acadia’s annual Take Pride in Acadia Day.