• Eagle Lake covered in snow nearing dusk


    National Park Maine


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?
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.

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:
  1. What is the purpose of your study?
  2. What methods will you use, including dates of fieldwork and location?
  3. How will the study likely impact natural and cultural resources, even if those impacts will likely be minimal? And how do you plan to minimize those impacts?
  4. How will the study likely impact visitor experiences?
  5. How do you plan to manage and share your data?
  6. How do you plan to manage your safety during your fieldwork?
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 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.


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

Museum Curator
Marie Yarborough
(207) 288-8729

Chief of Resource Management
Rebecca Cole-Will
(207) 288-8728

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

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