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.
Notice: The NPS Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS) has recently been updated. Please be aware that the process has changed and we are still working out the bugs.
Parks for Science, Science for Parks
In any given year, as many as 70 researchers 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 rol 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.
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 how the park documents research that has been done, 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
Cultural Resource Program Manager
Acadia National Park
Did You Know?
The Guide's Guide to Acadia National Park, originally created to share important information about the park's facilities and natural and cultural resources with commercial guides, is available to the public on this website. The guide contains everything you would want to know about the park. More...