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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 - Maine Learning Results

Acadia National Park Education District
Fire and Ice Program
Grades 6 - 8


  • To increase the students’ knowledge and appreciation of Acadia’s geology
  • To create a sense of stewardship towards the park’s geologic resources.

Students will be able to:

  • Define four geologic terms e.g. geology, mineral, erosion, etc.
  • Name the three types of rocks and explain how each is formed.
  • Identify one local example of each rock type.
  • Explain the rock cycle.
  • Describe the formation of the shatter zone.
  • Define plate tectonics and its role in forming our present scenery.
  • Identify and explain three geologic processes.
  • Describe glaciation and two glacial features.
  • Tell how soils are formed and why soils differ.
  • Give one reason why geologic resources are protected by Acadia National Park.
  • Name two things a person can do to protect Acadia’s geologic resources.


Science and Technology
B. Ecology

Students will understand how living things depend on one another and on non-living aspects of the environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe succession and other ways that ecosystems can change over time (B-3).
  • Describe various mechanisms found in the natural world for transporting living and non-living matter and the results of such movements (B-5).

F. The Earth
Students will gain knowledge about the earth and the processes that change it.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe how soils are formed and why soils differ from one place to another (F-2).
  • Explain the evidence scientists use when they give the age of the earth (F-3).
  • Describe factors that can cause short-term and long-term changes to the earth (F-4).
  • Classify and identify rocks and minerals based on their physical and chemical properties, their composition, and the processes which formed them (F-5).
  • Describe the impact of plate movement and erosion on the rock cycle (F-3)*.
  • Describe ways that scientists measure long periods of time and determine the age of very old objects (F-4)*.
  • Demonstrate how rocks and minerals are used to determine geologic history (F-5)*.

* Indicates learning results for secondary grades

Alignment with additional Learning Results may occur during programming.


Did You Know?

A man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...