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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Fire and Ice - Teacher Resources

This introductory geology program for sixth through eighth grades covers the rock cycle, glacial features, and plate tectonics. A hike around Great Head gives an opportunity to see evidence of these processes.

Fire and Ice PowerPoint Presentation (pdf - 2.8mb)

Maine State Learning Results

The websites below contain earth science background information, activities, and reinforcement material relevant to the Fire and Ice geology program. This material can be used to supplement existing pre- and post-site classroom activities. When preparing for your field trip to Acadia National Park, consider aligning your areas of concentration with the major topics of our program: geological processes (i.e. weathering and erosion), rock types, plate tectonics, soil formation, geologic time, and glaciation.

Background Information


Reinforcement Material

  • Exploring Earth - Contains investigations, visualizations, and data centers

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.