October 20, 2015
Seasonal and Roadside Maintenance Closures
In addition to the regular seasonal closures, a section of Park Loop Road this fall to complete critical roadside maintenance. Park Loop Road will be closed to motor vehicles for the season starting on December 1, with the exception of the two-mile section from the Sand Beach entrance station to Otter Cliff Road (accessible via Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor) and the Jordan Pond area (accessible via Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor).
September 15, 2015
Boats and Buoys Exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum Excites Visitors
The park is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum titled, “Boats & Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island,” which will run through October 16 and return for the 2016 summer season with additional exhibits for the Acadia Centennial.
September 07, 2015
Bat Research in Acadia
Acadia National Park is again investigating the status of bats affected by White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). The disease (a fungus) first appeared in 2011 on Mount Desert Island and by 2012 the populations of at least two common species of bats found on Mount Desert Island and in the park had declined to levels estimated below 20% of the levels observed two years earlier.
April 28, 2015
Acadia Announces Centennial Challenge Projects- NPS Matches Friends of Acadia Funds for Historic Trails and Carriage Road Work
From trail repairs to new wayside interpretive panels, the National Park Service this week announced $26 million for more than 100 initiatives that will help parks prepare for centennial visitors. The National Park Service received a $10 million Congressional appropriation that was matched with $15.9 million from more than 90 partner organizations.
April 27, 2015
Tourism to Acadia National Park creates $271 Million in Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports nearly 3,500 jobs in the local economy. A new National Park Service report shows that 2.56 million visitors to Acadia National Park in 2014 spent $221 million in communities near the park. That spending supported an estimated 3,486 jobs and had a total economic benefit of $271 million in the local area.
October 06, 2014
Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection
Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the donation of Barbara Patterson’s collection of bird research to the park’s natural history collection from the Patterson, Burnett and Wheeler Families. For more than 20 years, from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, Mrs. Patterson conducted annual investigations of migrating songbirds on her family property near Somesville, Maine. Mrs. Patterson worked independently to create one of the largest data sets ever made for the region, documenting her work banding more than 28,000 songbirds. The data are a valuable historic baseline from which new investigations can examine changes in species, life history behaviors and patterns, and uses of habitats.
August 15, 2014
Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014
The National Park Service will be performing maintenance and significant repairs to several motor road bridges in Acadia National Park. The work will involve waterproofing, improving drainage, and rehabilitating and/or reconstructing masonry and mortar joints of the bridges. The repair work will continue over the next year and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.
July 30, 2014
Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place
Acadia National Park has been named “America’s Favorite Place” by ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month, and the five finalists were Acadia National Park, Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores, and Lake Tahoe.
May 19, 2014
Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition Offers a Fun Way to Explore the Park
The Quest is on! Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park invite kids and their families to explore Acadia together than through the fun and varied challenges of the Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition. In the 2014 version of the Quest, teams will “collect” experiences on Acadia’s trails, carriage roads, water bodies, and unique destinations to complete the Quest.
May 12, 2014
Acadia National Park Centennial Logo Unveiled
In preparation for the celebration of Acadia National Park's centennial in 2016, Acadia National Park (ANP) and Friends of Acadia (FOA) today unveiled the official Acadia Centennial Logo at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners at the Ellsworth City Hall. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations.