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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • 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 - 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 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.