Friends of Acadia Roadside Cleanup Set for April 29

BAR HARBOR — It’s nearly time for spring cleaning in the communities around Acadia National Park. Registration is now open for Friends of Acadia’s Annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Each April for the last 22 years, community volunteers have gathered to celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring by rallying on the roadsides of Mount Desert Island and Trenton to clean up what the winter left behind, putting trash where it belongs and keeping the communities debris-free.

Registration is now open for the April 29 event and advance registration is required. Individuals and groups are encouraged to register on the Friends of Acadia website at before Friday, April 21.

Crews will be assigned a cleanup location and given a meet-up place after they register. Volunteer crews collect and bag trash that is later picked up by Maine Department of Transportation. Many churches, work groups or organizations sign up together as a community volunteer project.

“Friends of Acadia’s Annual Earth Day Roadside Clean Up is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Friends of Acadia Stewardship Coordinator Nikki Burtis. “It is awesome to see everyone out in their safety vests working together to make sure MDI is as beautiful as it can be. Yes, we know Earth Day is on April 22nd, but we traditionally hold our event on the last Saturday of the month. We hope to see you there!”

If you would like to register a group that is larger than 10 participants, you want to be a section leader, or you have any other questions, contact Friends of Acadia Stewardship Coordinator Nikki Burtis at 288-3934 or

This year’s event sponsors include A.B. & J.R. Hodgkins, Acadia Shops, Asticou Inn, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, ExplorUS–Jordan Pond House, Fiore Artisan Oils and Vinegars, Galyn’s, John Williams Boat Company, L.L. Bean, Lynam Agencies, Machias Savings Bank, MDI Grows, Mount Desert Island Hospital, Nelson F. Goodwin Company, Orono Brewing, Terramor, West Bay Acadia RV Campground and Window Panes.

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Friends of Acadia roadside cleanup set for April 29 via The Ellsworth American