Summit Stewards


Since 1997, Friends of Acadia has funded a group of roving educators who serve as important ambassadors in the field for Acadia National Park.

The Summit Stewards (formerly the Ridge Runners and Cadillac Summit Stewards) spend thousands of hours each summer and fall on Acadia’s summits and trails, answering visitor questions, conducting basic trail maintenance, repairing cairns, removing visitor-built cairns and rock art, responding to emergencies, communicating with park managers, and collecting social science data.

One of the most important duties of the Summit Stewards is to educate visitors about Leave No Trace ethics. Acadia National Park is designated a Leave No Trace Gold Standard site because of its exemplary use of Leave No Trace education to protect the park’s cultural and natural resources and enhance the visitor experience.

Friends of Acadia annually funds a Leave No Trace Trainer course for seasonal employees and is a Community Partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Education. Each contact that a Summit Steward makes with a visitor brings the park one step closer to a healthier ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.

Summit Stewards


How You Can Help

When hiking on Acadia’s historic trail system, please “Leave No Trace” – walk only on the trail or durable surfaces, avoid stepping on or picking vegetation, and don’t modify trail cairns (or build new ones).

Learn More about Leave No Trace