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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 - 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?

Bronze statue of a Passamaquoddy man

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...