Closures for Winter
December 2, 2013- Acadia is now in winter mode. Most of Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mountain Road, is closed. Still open is the Ocean Drive section, from Schooner Head overlook to Otter Cliff Road, and Jordan Pond area via Jordan Pond Road. More »
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.
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?
Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.