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Friends of Acadia Journal

A Magazine about Acadia National Park and Surrounding Communities
Winter 2019 – Volume 24 No. 3

The Friends of Acadia Journal is published three times a year. With features about Acadia National Park’s history, resources, and programs, news about Friends of Acadia’s projects and activities, and information about how to get involved, the Friends of Acadia Journal is a great way to stay connected to Acadia National Park, all year long. Membership in Friends of Acadia includes a subscription to the Journal.   Join Now »



Hawk Watch Marks Quarter Century
Volunteers Are Scientists’ Eyes On The Sky
By Seth Benz

Outdoor Classroom Excitement Grows
Expanding Horizons Beyond Four Walls
By Paige Steele

Visitor Center Redo Seeks To Bridge Gap
Aging Facility Refreshed, Improved
By Earl Brechlin

Acadia’s Coat of Many Colors
Autumn Splendor Is Nature’s Best Show
By Ashley Conti

Transportation Plan Inches Ahead
Implementation Timeline Shapes Up
By Earl Brechlin

Acadia Is Ideal Winter Classroom
Cold, Snow, Coping Are Core Curriculum
By Lynn Fantom


• President’s Message: The Shape of Friends of Acadia’s Future 
• What We Heard From You: Reflections On A Great Year 
• Studying How You Play: Rec Techs Are Boots On Ground
• Superintendent’s View:  Rising to Meet the Challenges of 2020 Challenges and Unanticipated Joys


• Where in Acadia?
• Acadia Insider
• Business Members
• New Donors
• Updates
• Special Person

Cover Photograph: Snowfall softens the view from the boat launch area at Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. Photo by Julia Walker Thomas.

Friends of Acadia is a membership and volunteer organization, and our work is significantly powered by volunteer effort. The Journal is no exception, and we are grateful to all of the writers and photographers who generously contribute their time and talents to our publication.

Thank you to our 2019 Journal sponsors:

A.B. & J.R. Hodgkins
Acadia on My Mind
Acadia Shops
Acadia Park Company
Anne’s Point Inn
Asticou Inn
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop
Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
Beal’s Lobster Pier
Bluenose Inn
Burdick & Associates Landscape Design    
The Claremont
Coastal Kayaking Tours
College of the Atlantic
Coplon Associates
Fair Trade Winds
Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars
First National Bank
The Gallery at Somes Sound
Hale & Hamlin
House Wine
The Jackson Laboratory
John Williams Boat Company
Knowles Company
L.S. Robinson Company Insurance
Lynam Agencies
Machias Savings Bank
MDI Grows
Michael L. Ross Law Office
Mount Desert Hospital
Mount Desert Islander
Nelson F. Goodwin Company
Oli’s Trolley
Pedego Acadia
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Swan Agency Real Estate
Window Panes

Archive of Past Friends of Acadia Journals