Park Loop Road opening
May 17, 2013: The entire Park Loop Road and all other paved roads in the park open today. All dirt roads in the park, including the Seal Cove Road, will open on June 3.
April 22, 2013: The Precipice, Orange and Black, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliffs Trails are closed until further notice because of nesting peregrine falcons. All other trails in the park are open, whether accessible from the park or from state roads.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
May 17, 2013: The visitor center will open on May 19 and will be open 9-5 every day. All park passes are available there. There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building for those who have trouble climbing stairs.
Resource Acadia Workshop
Contact: Jim McKenna, (207) 288-8733
On Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jessica Muhlin, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Maine, will present A Novel Use for an Ordinary Fruit at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. This workshop will begin with an introduction to the reproductive ecology of the rockweed, Fucus vesiculosus, and a summary of Jessica’s research on the ecology and population genetics of rockweed in coastal Maine. A component of Jessica’s work includes the use of marked oranges to coarsely characterize coastal circulation patterns around her sampling sites. Hands-on participation will include releasing 100 oranges at 4 locations on the Schoodic peninsula (simultaneously!) and observing the trajectories of the oranges to add to her existing data on local currents. Dress appropriately for conducting field work: wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and layered clothing.
This workshop is part of the Resource Acadia program, which is designed to expose Acadia National Park’s neighboring communities to interesting environmental issues within the park and region. Workshops provide insight into how scientists design and conduct research to answer complex ecological and environmental questions, and offer hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. The data generated is useful for park researchers and managers and allows them to share current information with the public.
Local residents, teachers, students, business owners, and visitors are invited and
Did You Know?
The historic carriage road system at Acadia National Park features 17 stone-faced bridges spanning streams, waterfalls, cliffs, and roads. The design of each bridge, such as Cobblestone Bridge, is unique.