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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

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

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

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?

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The Guide's Guide to Acadia National Park, originally created to share important information about the park's facilities and natural and cultural resources with commercial guides, is available to the public on this website. The guide contains everything you would want to know about the park. More...