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Take Pride in Acadia 2020

Saturday, November 7, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Like all of our in-person events this year, Take Pride in Acadia Day will be a bit different—but not cancelled. Participation is limited to help keep our community, volunteers, and staff safe. 

The following measures will be taken to further ensure safety: 

  • We are asking that participants register as part of a group. By limiting both the size of volunteer groups (6-16 people) and letting volunteers group themselves together ahead of time, we feel that we’ll be able to get a lot of work done, while also keeping volunteers, staff, and visitors safe. 
  • The event itself will not be centralized at Acadia National Park Headquarters. Raking teams will need to be responsible for transporting themselves to assigned locations. Teams will be assigned to locations based on size and parking capacity at access points. Teams may need to walk in a modest distance to reach their work area. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide a chili & cornbread lunch this year. 
  • Tools will be staged at work locations, but we ask that one person per group volunteer to take on a leadership role. This person would need to be able to pick up a radio, information packet, and 1st aid kit at ANP HQ on either Thursday or Friday prior to November7th (TPIAD). The leader would also be responsible for returning these materials as well. 
  • Any who is feeling ill or who has symptoms of COVID-19 should remain home. We ask all staff and participants to wear masks when six feet of distance (even outdoors) is not possible, to stick to family groups or “pods,” to wash hands frequently, and to take recommended precautions regarding sharing vehicles.

If you would like to register a team for Take Pride in Acadia Day 2020 or need clarification, please email Dana  

In past falls, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. The well-coordinated volunteer effort, now in its thirtieth year, focuses on areas where clogged drainage ditches and culverts could result in significant damage to road surfaces during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. Perhaps the most important volunteer event of the year in Acadia, Take Pride in Acadia Day is key to the park’s ability to maintain the carriage roads in pristine condition. 

We look forward to gathering as a group and celebrating Acadia National Park in 2021.


Take Pride in Acadia Day from Friends of Acadia on Vimeo.


2020 Event Sponsors:

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
Bluenose Inn
Burdick & Associates Landscape Design
Fiore Artisan Oils & Vinegars
First National Bank
Gallery at Somes Sound
John Williams Boat Company
Knowles Company
Lynam Agencies
Machias Savings Bank
MDI Hospital
Nelson F. Goodwin Company
Pedego Acadia
Window Panes
Witham Family Hotels

Learn more about Friends of Acadia’s work to protect Acadia’s carriage roads »