Parks for Science, Science for Parks
In any given year, as many as 80 scientists do field research in Acadia National Park, and many more conduct research at the Schoodic Education and Research Center, the park's museum, and at many of the park's neighbors, such as College of the Atlantic, Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, Jackson Lab, Abbe Museum, and the area's many historical societies, museums, and libraries. The insights produced by this research play a central role in the management of the national park and other protected areas. The research also advances basic science and our understanding of natural history and human-natural systems.
If you are interested in seeing past research projects at Acadia, please visit http://irma.nps.gov and search for Acadia.
Are you looking to apply for a research permit?
To do research in Acadia National Park, you must apply for a research permit through the Research Permit and Reporting System. For more information on the policies, conditions, and procedures related to applying for a permit, please visit our Permits page here.
When submitting a permit application, be sure you include well-labeled, explicit responses to the following questions, either in the online application form or in a separate document (e.g., research proposal) that you upload with your application:
Collecting specimens in national parks is allowed in limited circumstances when it is necessary for research or education purposes. To learn more about the conditions and guidelines for this activity, please visit our Collecting Specimens page.
Whether specimen data, GIS information, or Investigator's Annual Reports, reports are crucial to document the research that has been done in the park, and shares that research with the community. For more information on documentation required in research at Acadia National Park, please visit our Reports page.
Science Information and Communications Manager
Chief of Resource Management
Acadia National Park