Winter Events Celebrate Acadia's Centennial

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Date: March 1, 2016
Contact: John Kelly, 207-288-8703

This February, the park and its many partners celebrated Acadia's centennial at community events. The Acadia Winter Festival kicked off this week hosted by Schoodic Institute and Camp Beech Cliff. Participants enjoyed a walk at Schoodic Woods with Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider. Visit Acadia Winter Festival's website for a listing of daily events.

As a part of the National Park Service Centennial events in Philadelphia, designers are showcasing a garden inspired by Acadia at the Philadelphia Flower Show from March 4th through 13th.

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King urged the NPS to offer park entrance passes online and to start with Acadia. This online pilot program launched in February. "We are thrilled to be piloting this in our centennial year so we can now provide a convenient alternative to purchasing the entrance pass in person," said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. "Purchasing on-line will add no additional costs but it is important that visitors remember that most passes must be printed and brought with them to be scanned by park staff."

The National Park Service provided Centennial Challenge funding for outreach to fourth graders in Maine with ranger-led programs at Acadia and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, with funding matched by Friends of Acadia. "We will be hosting two Acadia centennial fourth grade field trip weeks for kids to attend ranger-led programs in Acadia," said Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy. "Funding will support boat transportation for classrooms to visit offshore islands and buses to other locations in the park." Centennial fourth grade field trip weeks will be June 1-8 and September 12-16, 2016. Interested public school fourth grade teachers should email e-mail us for more information.

"Current fourth graders are also eligible to each obtain free national park entry passes," said Fee Manager Michelle Bierman. "They need to register online at to print their voucher. Then they show it when they enter any federal public lands for free entry until August 30, 2016."

More than 300 centennial partners have joined with the Acadia Centennial Task Force to offer events and products in the communities around the park —in classrooms, art galleries, libraries, historical societies, concert halls, museums, theaters, restaurants, gift shops, and gardens. This celebration will also be an online dialogue where personal stories, photos, art, and ideas can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local websites.

Visit the Acadia Centennial website to see a calendar of 2016 events or to apply to become a partner or create a centennial logoed product. "It's not too late to become an Acadia Centennial Partner," said Acadia Centennial Task Force member Stephanie Clement. "Potential Maine visitors are already planning their 2016 trips so becoming a partner now will maximize exposure for your organization or business. If you want to create a centennial event, then adding it to the searchable centennial website calendar will encourage visitors to include it in their trip plans."

In addition to Acadia National Park's centennial, the National Park Service is also celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Join the National Park Service and its partners as we invite the next generation of Americans, and those who already know and love the parks, to discover what national parks and other public lands mean to them through the Find Your Park campaign.

To email the park about in-park centennial efforts, send inquiries to e-mail us

Last updated: March 1, 2016

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