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Acadia Expects Record Breaking Year

Acadia National Park is expecting the 2021 summer season to potentially set records as tourists resume traveling. This perspective comes after one of the park’s busiest winters ever and an unusually busy Memorial Day weekend, . Both the Bangor Daily News and cover this topic in their recent posts. Photo credit National Park Service Kent Miller. (read more) Read more >

MacDonald Testifies before US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Today, Friends of Acadia President David MacDonald testified on the state of the National Park System before the National Parks Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. David currently serves as the President of the National Park Friends Alliance Steering Committee and testified, along with other National Park leaders, adding the perspective of the park partner community. (read more) Read more >

All Donations Matched Through October 15

To kickoff this year’s Fall E-Challenge, a generous group of park friends has offered an incredible gift of $20,000—but only if we can raise a matching amount by end-of-day Thursday, October 15. Read more… Read more >


Press Releases

Marisa Marinelli Named Senior Development Officer

BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia welcomes Marisa Marinelli as its new Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts and Events. Marinelli will work with individuals, businesses, and partners to raise funds to help preserve and protect Acadia National Park. She replaces former Senior Development Officer Shawn Keeley who joined College of the Atlantic as its Dean of Institutional Advancement in March. (read more) Read more >

Earth Day Roadside Clean-up Postponed until 2022

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – In the interest of community health and safety amidst a stubborn spring rise in COVID-19 cases here in Maine, Friends of Acadia will not hold a formal Earth Day Roadside Clean-up in 2021. The event typically brings together hundreds of volunteers working together to pick up litter that has accumulated over the winter on MDI’s and Trenton’s roadsides. (read more) Read more >

Several Trails Close for Peregrine Falcon Nesting

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Peregrine falcons are again defending nesting territories in Acadia National Park. The Jordan Cliffs Trail, Precipice Trail, Valley Cove Trail, and a portion of the Orange & Black Path are closed to public entry until further notice. (read more) Read more >

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) will be opening roads and other visitor facilities at Acadia National Park for the 2021 season beginning with the Park Loop Road. The 27-mile scenic drive, including the Cadillac Summit Road, is expected to open to motor vehicles on April 15 … (read more) Read more >

Historic Carriage Roads Close for Mud Season

Carriage roads are currently closed to all users as “mud season” opens across Acadia National Park. Warmer weather and wet conditions soften the carriage roads and make them susceptible to damage. Walking, bicycling, and riding horses in such conditions can cause ruts and potholes that channel water and exacerbate erosion. (read more) Read more >