Would you like to bring your class to the park on a ranger-guided field trip, or have a ranger present a program at your school? This spring's program offerings are listed below. The deadline for requesting a program this spring is April 20th.
Submit your request by completing the Field Trip and School Program Request form.
Spring Field Trip Programs
Field trips are available April 23 through June 8.
Children will investigate what makes the park a good home for plants and animals. Kindergarteners will focus on the components of habitat, and use their senses on an exploratory walk with activity stations.
Children will investigate what makes the park a good home for plants and animals. First graders will learn about how animals and plants are adapted to their environment, and use their senses on an exploratory walk with activity stations.
Children will investigate what makes the park a good home for plants and animals. Second graders will study the relationship between flowering plants and the many animals that pollinate them, and use their senses on an exploratory walk with activity stations.
On this trip we’ll be exploring a sheltered part of Acadia’s shoreline called Otter Cove. Many animals call the shoreline home, but there are lots of challenges they must overcome to survive there. Students learn skills to safely explore the intertidal zone with the least impact to the environment.
Travel by foot along historic broken stone roads passing between the mountains and lakes of Acadia National Park. Enjoy a quieter park experience as you traverse beneath their forests and over their bridges. Hear the stories of the many individuals who played a role in designing, building and protecting this generous gift to the American people.
4 Hours Students take a walk back in time as they explore the Carroll family homestead and imagine what it would be like to be one of the first European families who lived here, almost 200 years ago. An Educator’s Guide with lesson plans is available.
Tracking Nature's Seasons
When do the first red maple buds open and when is the first spring peeper heard? Phenology is the study of the timing of seasonal events. Students will discover nature’s calendar and make observations along a historic hiking trail that has hundreds of stone stair steps. They will also conduct investigations in the forest to learn how citizens are aiding scientists in protecting Acadia.
The Great Fish Migration
Witness the incredible phenomenon of the spring fish migration along the Maine coast. This field trip gives students a firsthand look at schools of alewives (“river herring”) as they return from the ocean along Somes Brook to spawn in fresh water on Mount Desert Island. This is a collaborative program with the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary. Students will learn about former land use, life cycles, migratory challenges, food webs, conservation efforts, and impacts of climate change.
Using Acadia as their classroom, students will explore several geologic processes and see how they shape the land including the cycle of deposition versus transport, the formation of the three main rock types, the dynamics of plate tectonics and the movement of glaciers.
Spring Classroom Programs
Classroom programs are available April 23 through May 25.
We are limited to visiting schools with a travel time of 2 hours or less.
Children learn how Acadia’s habitats provide animals with what they need to survive. This hands-on, interactive “show-and-tell” program includes the use of puppets, imagery, skulls, shells, and more!
Protecting Our Park
3rd & 4th Grade
How do park rangers and community members protect special places like Acadia? Students explore the current research projects happening in the Park. Then, they become "Junior Scientists" as they study biodiversity and learn to address the challenges facing our environment today. The schoolyard will be utilized as on outdoor classroom!
Bats are facing many stresses with the recent spread of the bat disease called white-nose syndrome. Learn about these unique animals through engaging hands-on activities as we debunk myths, review adaptations, and examine their importance. Students collect data during a mock bat research activity and discuss how rangers and students can help protect bats.