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December 19, 2017
Free Admission on Four Days in 2018
The National Park Service announced today that the public will be invited to experience all national parks, including Acadia National Park, without entrance fees, on four days in 2018.

November 28, 2017
Limited time: Acadia Annual Pass on sale for half-price
Acadia Annual Passes will be on sale at half-price for $25 during most of the month of December. Information and orientation to Acadia National Park is available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center during the winter and spring season (2 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor). Passes must be obtained in person. No phone orders will be taken. On December 1, during Bar Harbor’s Midnight Madness event, passes will be available at the Village Green from 8 pm to midnight.

November 21, 2017
Applications open for 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program
The National Park Service invites accomplished professional artists, writers, and others to apply to the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program. The application is hosted through an online portal accessible through . Monday January 15, 2018 is the last day to apply to the 2018 program.

November 21, 2017
Park Loop Road closes to motor vehicles for the season
– The Park Loop Road will be closed to motor vehicles for the season starting on December 1, with the exception of the two-mile section from the Sand Beach entrance station to Otter Cliff Road (accessible via Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor) and the Jordan Pond area (accessible via Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor).

October 31, 2017
Winter and spring visitor services hosted in collaboration with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Beginning on November 1, information and orientation to Acadia National Park will be available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center during the winter and spring season. Visitors will be able to talk with park rangers about Acadia National Park and talk with chamber of commerce staff to learn about local businesses, services, and recreational opportunities. The Chamber of Commerce is willing to share its downtown space location with the National Park Service to provide visitor services in an easy to reach convenient location.

October 16, 2017
Acadia National Park’s 2018 annual pass contest
The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting photographers and other artists to submit digital images for use on Acadia National Park’s 2018 annual pass. The selected image will appear on thousands of annual passes purchased by visitors from all over the country. The winner will receive credit and an America the Beautiful interagency annual pass ($80 value), which can be used at over 2,000 federal recreation areas nationwide.

October 03, 2017
Park's foundation document available online
Acadia National Park’s Foundation Document is now available online. The Foundation Document serves as the underlying guidance for all management and planning decisions in Acadia. It describes the core mission of the park by identifying its purpose, significance, fundamental and important resources and values, interpretive themes, planning needs, special mandates, and administrative commitments. An interdisciplinary team of National Park Service staff from the park and Washington office completed the Foundation Document in September 2016.

August 15, 2017
NPS seeks proposals to lease the historic Blue Duck Ships Store
The National Park Service is seeking proposals from interested parties to lease the Blue Duck Ships Store building within Acadia National Park. The Blue Duck Ships Store, also known as the Hadlock Store, is located on Islesford, or Little Cranberry Island, in the Town of the Cranberry Isles, Maine. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

August 08, 2017
Acadia National Park offers visitors a second chance to get an entrance pass
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) will be enhancing efforts this season to ensure visitors to Acadia National Park possess an entrance pass. Park rangers will issue a fee compliance notice for vehicles parked in any location in Acadia National Park that do not display a valid entrance pass. The operator or registered owner of the vehicle can avoid the $130 fine by obtaining an entrance pass or showing proof of having had an entrance pass that was not displayed within 24 hours at any one of the following fee collection locations: Sand Beach Entrance Station, Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Blackwoods Campground, Seawall Campground, Schoodic Woods Campground, and Village Green Information Center.

August 01, 2017
Peregrine falcon nesting areas reopen in Acadia National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) will reopen Precipice, Valley Cove, and Jordan cliffs and associated trails in Acadia National Park to public entry on Thursday, August 3. The NPS closed these areas on March 17 to protect the peregrine falcons from inadvertent disturbance or harassment during the nesting period.

July 25, 2017
Repair of collapsed retaining wall causes carriage road closure
Beginning Tuesday, August 1, the National Park Service will close a one-mile section of carriage road between the Jordan Pond Gatehouse and Wildwood Stables in Acadia National Park to repair a stone retaining wall that collapsed in fall 2015. The carriage road will be closed to all public access until September 29, 2017.

July 18, 2017
Comments on Preliminary Concepts for Transportation Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has released the Public Comment Summary Report on Preliminary Concepts for the Acadia National Park Transportation Plan. The NPS is preparing the transportation plan to determine ways to provide safe and efficient transportation for visitors while ensuring the protection of park resources and values. The NPS prepared the preliminary concepts with input collected from the public during the information gathering phase of the plan from May to September 2015. The preliminary concepts describe a range of possible transportation and visitor use management strategies that may be included in the long-term management framework for Acadia.

Last updated: August 16, 2017

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