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September 19, 2016
Star Party on Cadillac Mountain will highlight the 8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival
The Star Party on Cadillac Mountain will take place from 8 to 11 pm on Saturday, September 24, with a free “Shuttle to the Stars” departing from Mount Desert Island High School. Participants are invited to drop in at any time during the program to visit with more than 50 volunteer astronomers who will describe constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Participants are free to stroll the summit and spend as much time as they like at the star party. The best star viewing time will be after 9 pm.

September 19, 2016
Acadia National Park offers bat research field trips
The National Park Service invites the public to join Acadia’s Wildlife Bat Team on a field trip to learn about bat research and experience live net trapping firsthand. The field trips will take place in Acadia National Park starting at 6 pm on September 20 on the Schoodic Peninsula, and on September 22, on Mount Desert Island. Please contact Bruce Connery at 207-288-8726 or to make reservations and get details about the field trip. Space is limited.

September 11, 2016
Man transported by LifeFlight from top of Champlain Mountain after fall in Acadia National Park
At approximately 10:45 am on September 10, 2016, Richard Cavalieri, 67, of Niantic, Connecticut, suffered a 15-foot fall while hiking down the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park. At 11:45 am, the first park rangers and Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue team members arrived at the scene, which was located about one-quarter mile from the top of Champlain Mountain.

September 11, 2016
Damaged bus on summit road closes Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park
At approximately 2 pm on September 10, 2016, park rangers and the Bar Harbor Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from the rear of a motor coach traveling up Cadillac Summit Road. The driver of the motor coach, operated by Stagecoach Tours and Charters, stopped in the road about a half-mile from the top of the mountain to let passengers off to ensure their safety. Park rangers immediately closed the road to up-bound traffic to respond to the emergency and tow the damaged motor coach off the mountain.

September 08, 2016
Acadia National Park will offer a car-free morning on September 17
The National Park Service (NPS) invites visitors to enjoy a car-free morning on Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park from midnight to noon on Saturday, September 17. Island Explorer and park concessioner tour buses will operate on their regular schedules on the closed sections of Park Loop Road. The NPS will waive the park entrance fee for all visitors during the car-free morning.

September 05, 2016
Motorcycle accident in Acadia National Park results in fatality
On September 4, 2016, a man operating a motorcycle suffered a fatal crash while traveling down Cadillac Summit Road in Acadia National Park.

August 31, 2016
Improvements to Acadia National Park infrastructure to be completed this fall
Beginning on September 6, the National Park Service (NPS) will close Seawall Campground and certain visitor facilities at Sieur de Monts in Acadia National Park to complete major improvements to the septic systems that serve those areas.

August 30, 2016
Acadia National Park Advisory Commission meeting announced
The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission will meet from 1–3 pm on Monday, September 12, 2016, in Moore Auditorium (65 Acadia Drive) at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Winter Harbor. The meeting is open to the public and includes an opportunity for public comment.

August 30, 2016
National Park Service joins national traffic safety campaign at Acadia National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) is participating in a national traffic safety campaign to reduce impaired driving on roads in Acadia National Park and throughout the neighboring communities on Mount Desert Island.

August 19, 2016
National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary with free admission to all national parks
The National Park Service (NPS) invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th anniversary with free admission to all 412 national parks from Thursday, August 25, through Sunday, August 28. Visitors to Acadia National Park will have the opportunity to celebrate the park’s centennial along with the NPS centennial—both of which were established in 1916.

August 16, 2016
National Park Service celebrates the Gift of Acadia
The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to attend the Gift of Acadia celebration on Saturday, August 27, from 8:30 to 10 am at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. The Gift of Acadia will highlight 100 years of conservation and community stewardship as part of the year-long Acadia Centennial celebration.

August 16, 2016
Celebrate Centennial Fourth Grade Week in Acadia National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) invites teachers to bring their fourth grade class to ranger-led educational field trips in Acadia National Park from September 12 to 16. Teachers can learn more about the programs and register for field trips at

June 20, 2016
Improvements to Island Explorer Circulation at Bubble Pond
From June 23 to October 10, the Bubble Pond parking area will be open only to Island Explorer buses and bicycles to improve visitor safety and allow better circulation for the buses. During this time, the Island Explorer will provide fare-free bus service to Bubble Pond via the Loop Road (#4) and Jordan Pond (#5) routes.For the bus schedule and other Island Explorer information, please visit

May 03, 2016
Tourism to Acadia National Park in 2015 created $305 million in total economic benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that Acadia National Park’s 2.81 million visits in 2015 resulted in $248 million in total visitor spending in the local communities. That spending supported 3,878 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $305 million.

April 26, 2016
2016 Car-Free Mornings
Visitors to Acadia will have the opportunity to enjoy two car-free mornings on Park Loop Road in 2016. The National Park Service (NPS) will close Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island to private vehicles from midnight to noon on Saturday, May 14, and Saturday, September 17.

March 03, 2016
Rabies Found in a Raccoon at Sieur de Monts
The National Park Service recovered a dead raccoon near the restroom at Sieur de Monts in Acadia National Park this week and confirmed that it was infected with rabies.

March 01, 2016
Maine State Legislature Honors Acadia
The Maine State Legislature adopted a joint resolution in February commemorating the centennial of Acadia. State Senator Brian Langley (Senate District 7) introduced the resolution, and State Representative Brian L. Hubbell (House District 135) shepherded it through the House of Representatives.

February 16, 2016
Acadia National Park Launches Online Sale of Park Entrance Passes
The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes for Acadia National Park online through the “Your Pass Now” website ( Visitors to Acadia now have the convenience of purchasing—at no additional cost—annual and seven-day entrance passes in advance of their trip.

February 09, 2016
$68.3 Million in Deferred Maintenance
The National Park Service (NPS) this week released its fiscal year 2015 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks. The $11.9 billion nationwide total was up from the $11.49 billion reported at the end of fiscal year 2014. Acadia's portion of deferred maintenance backlog is approximately $68.3 million.

January 29, 2016
Acadia Receives Funding through the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Program
This week, the National Park Service announced $15 million in support of 69 projects in 63 parks. This includes $32,864 for outreach to fourth graders in Maine with ranger-led programs at Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. The funding for will be matched by Friends of Acadia (FOA).

September 15, 2015
Boats and Buoys Exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum Excites Visitors
The park is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum titled, “Boats & Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island,” which will run through October 16 and return for the 2016 summer season with additional exhibits for the Acadia Centennial.

April 28, 2015
Acadia Announces Centennial Challenge Projects- NPS Matches Friends of Acadia Funds for Historic Trails and Carriage Road Work
From trail repairs to new wayside interpretive panels, the National Park Service this week announced $26 million for more than 100 initiatives that will help parks prepare for centennial visitors. The National Park Service received a $10 million Congressional appropriation that was matched with $15.9 million from more than 90 partner organizations.

May 12, 2014
Acadia National Park Centennial Logo Unveiled
In preparation for the celebration of Acadia National Park's centennial in 2016, Acadia National Park (ANP) and Friends of Acadia (FOA) today unveiled the official Acadia Centennial Logo at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners at the Ellsworth City Hall. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations.

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