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Gift and Estate Planning

Preserving and protecting those things you hold dear—the integrity of Acadia’s natural wonders, the park’s unique opportunities to connect with nature, the loving care of Acadia’s matchless trail and carriage road systems—is a wise investment. The easiest way to leave a lasting legacy for the benefit of Acadia National Park is to include Friends of Acadia in your will.

The information provided below is meant to assist you and your advisors in planning. Your gift, regardless of size, will be both welcome and important to Friends of Acadia. Thank you.

Federal Tax Identification Number: 01-0425071
Date of Incorporation: January 17, 1986
Friends of Acadia Letter of Determination

Sample language for including Friends of Acadia in a will or codicil:

  1. I give, devise, and bequeath _____ % of the remaining assets of my estate to Friends of Acadia, a Maine charitable corporation, for its charitable purposes…
  2. I give, devise, and bequeath the sum of $______ to Friends of Acadia, a Maine charitable corporation, for its charitable purposes…
  3. I give, devise, and bequeath the following property to Friends of Acadia, a Maine charitable corporation, for its charitable purposes…  [Description of property].

You are strongly urged to discuss your gift intentions with Friends of Acadia at an early stage in your planning.  Please call us at 1-800-625-0321, or have your attorney or financial advisor call, if you have any questions or require additional information.

If you have already included Friends of Acadia in your estate plans, please complete this confidential statement and return it to Friends of Acadia at PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Download our Planned Giving Brochure.

Other planned gifts

In addition to including Friends of Acadia in your will, you can also name Friends of Acadia as a beneficiary in your:

            • Charitable Remainder Trust
            • Gift Annuity
            • Retirement Plan (IRA, 401K, etc.)
            • Revocable Remainder Trust
            • Life Estate
            • Life Insurance
            • Director’s Charitable Award

The George B. Dorr Society

The George B. Dorr Society was established in 2005 to recognize those members and friends who have documented provisions for Friends of Acadia in their estate plans. The Dorr Society honors George Bucknam Dorr, gentleman, scholar, and lover of nature, whose dedication to preserving Mount Desert Island helped create Acadia National Park.

Each year, Dorr Society members gather for a special appreciation event. In 2019, we met at the venerable Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor for a luncheon featuring a talk by Acadia National Park Trails Foreman Gary Stellpflug. The lunch was followed by a guided hike.

If you have made provisions for Friends of Acadia in your estate plans or would like information about joining the George B. Dorr Society, please contact Lisa Horsch Clark, director of development and donor relations, at 207-288-3340 or

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In 1916 a sprig of wild blueberries first appeared on the title page of a new series of articles publicizing the establishment of the Sieur de Monts National Monument. Of the 23 projected articles that George B. Dorr planned for the Sieur de Monts Publications, ten of the nineteen extant publications are illustrated on the title page with Dorr’s photograph of the favored fruit of Mainers.

The long neglected articles cover the flora and fauna of not only Mount Desert Island but also comparatively less hospitable climates in the southwestern United States. While Dorr authored many of the pamphlets, other contributors included Charles W. Eliot, L.B. Deasy, Rev. William Lawrence, Henry Lane Eno, Francis Parkman, Edward Rand, and Joshua Chamberlain. Published from 1916 through 1919 by the U.S. Interior Department and the Wild Gardens of Acadia, thousands of copies of each number were distributed for free to the public at large. 

No historical document survives relating Dorr’s rationale for selecting Maine’s state fruit (Vaccinium angustifolium). As a horticulturist he was surely attracted to this indigenous plant because of its historic associations, agricultural heritage, and   commercial value. It is quite likely that Dorr’s choice was driven by Mainers regard for this attractive wild fruit as a distinctive public asset. Much like the landscapes that he would struggle to make available to them over the remaining three decades of his life.

Ronald H. Epp
June 4, 2019