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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • 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?
Read the information below, and then go to the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS).

Cataloging specimens collected during research.

Cataloging specimens collected during research.



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.

A researcher banding birds.

A researcher banding birds.


Collecting Specimens

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.

Researchers investigating water specimens.

Researchers investigating water specimens.



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.


Contact Us

Science Coordinator
Abe Miller-Rushing
(207) 288-8733
(207) 288-8709 (fax)

Science Information and Communications Manager
Emma Albee

GIS Specialist
Karen Anderson
(207) 288-8724

Cultural Resource Program Manager
Rebecca Cole-Will
(207) 288-8728

Museum Technician
Robyn King
(207) 288-8729

Acadia National Park
20 McFarland Hill Drive
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

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.