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.
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Conditions for Specimen Collection
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Collecting specimens in national parks is allowed in limited circumstances when it is necessary for research or educational purposes. By federal regulation, specimens collected within the park are property of the NPS. Regardless of where the collections are stored, they must be properly accessioned and cataloged into the NPS's cataloging system. Also by federal regulation, a researcher must be an official representative of a reputable scientific or educational institution or governmental agency to be authorized to collect specimens in the park. Collecting specimens not authorized on your permit or for your private purposes is not allowed.
Information for researchers collecting specimens
No specimens (biological or physical) may be collected unless specifically authorized on your Scientific Research and Collecting permit.
Before You Begin Collecting:
During collecting, it is essential to gather all of the information required to catalog specimens. Please review the fields in the Cataloging Spreadsheet prior to collecting specimens, so that you can ensure that you record all of the necessary information. You can use the Museum Catalog Worksheet-NH (Form 10-254B) during field work to document pertinent data on-site if you would like. Please remember your assigned Accession # must be located on everything related to your research (i.e. specimen tags, field data sheets, reports, notes, etc) to track the entire project.
Within one year of the final date of collecting, please submit:
Suggested Curation Materials and Supplies
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We ask that you use our cataloging spreadsheet to document key information associated with the collection of your specimens.This information will make your specimens as useful as possible to park managers, educators, and future researchers. We will preserve this information in the National Park Service's Interior Collection Management Systems (ICMS). Click here for more information on Cataloging Instructions.
Right click and choose "Save link as" to download a copy of the cataloging spreadsheet. This form needs to be saved as either .csv or .txt file and returned to park with your reports.
Click here to download a copy of Natural History Catalog Record (Form 10-254B).
Did You Know?
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...