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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.

Island Life - Maine Learning Results

Acadia National Park Education District
Island Life Program
Grade 5


  • To cultivate an appreciation for the role of everyday people in history.
  • To gain an awareness of the role that Maine coastal islands played in developing a new nation.
  • To recognize the park’s mission in protecting and preserving cultural history.

Students will be able to:

  • Name two roles Maine islands played in the early national period 1800-1850.
  • Explain three instruments used in navigation.
  • Describe two island occupations and their contributions.
  • Express why local history is an important part of national history.
  • Give two reasons why Acadia National Park preserves local history.


Social Studies

B. Historical Knowledge, Concepts, and Patterns
Students will develop historical knowledge of enduring themes in the United States and Maine history.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and effects of major events in United States history and the connections of Maine history with an emphasis on events up to 1877. (B-1)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of selected themes in Maine, United States, and world history. (e.g. revolution, technological innovation, migration).(B-2)

C. Historical Inquiry, Analysis, and Interpretation
Students will learn to evaluate resource material such as documents, artifacts, maps, artworks, and literature.

Students will be able to:

  • Formulate historical questions based on examination of primary and secondary sources including documents, eyewitness accounts, letters, and diaries, artifacts, real or simulated historical sites, charts, graphs, diagrams, and written texts. (C-5)

B. Human Interaction with Environments

Students will understand and analyze the relationships among people and their physical environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain how cultures differ in their use of similar environments and resources. (B-3)

B. Economic Systems of the United States

Students will understand the economic system of the United States, including its principles, development, and institutions.

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.