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Woman and child crouch to explore among rocks

Photo courtesy of Madison Bowman @theamericanfieldtrip. Used with permission.


Junior Ranger Program

What is a Junior Ranger?

A junior ranger attends ranger programs, completes activities in a workbook, and promises to take care of Acadia. It is a great way to learn and have fun in the park.

How do you become a Junior Ranger?

When you arrive in the park, stop by a visitor center, nature center, or one of the park campgrounds to obtain your booklet. Complete activities in the booklet and attend ranger programs.

Learn more about the National Junior Ranger program


Carroll Homestead Drop-in Program

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Visit with a ranger anytime during program hours to explore the grounds of an 1800s farm and hear family stories. Wheelchair accessible; no restrooms onsite. The homestead building is closed.


Things to Do with Kids

Take a Ranger-Guided Boat Cruise

Ranger-Guided Boat Cruises are offered during the season. Touch real sea life brought up from the ocean floor; search for seals, porpoises, and bird life; and explore island life and maritime history. Cruises vary from 2 hours to 4.5 hours.

Visit the Nature Center

Hands-on exhibits to help you uncover the secretes behind how the park manages its plants and animals. What kinds of birds are found in the park? In which habitat can you find snakes or frogs? Visit the Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring to find out.

Play in the Sand

Sand Beach is one of only two sandy ocean beaches on Mount Desert Island. If the water there is too cold for you, only 55 F (13 C) at best, try Echo Lake Beach on Route 102 north of Southwest Harbor.

Go for a Hike or Bike Ride

Acadia has 125 miles (201 km) of Hiking Trails and 45 miles (72 km) of winding carriage roads for walking or Bicycling


Acadia Quest

Acadia Quest is a series of youth- and family-oriented experiences in the park that encourage youth and families to explore, learn about, and protect national parks and other conserved lands.

Families or friends create a team and complete activities in categories of Explore, Learn, and Protect. For more information, visit the Acadia Quest page on the Friends of Acadia website.


School Projects

Are you doing research for a school project and you need some information on Acadia? These suggestions are especially for you.

Area History

The Wabanaki lived on Mount Desert Island at least 5,000 years ago. Some lived here only part of the year, others year round. Read more about the Wabanaki.

A French explorer, Samuel Champlain, was the first European to name the island in 1604. He named the island Isles des Monts Deserts, which means "the island of barren mountains" in French. Read more about European settlers and homesteaders.

Park History

In the early 1900s, some summer residents were worried that the island forests would be cut and that homes someday would line every inch of the rocky coast. A group of citizens began buying land to save it. They worked hard for years to convince the federal government to take over the land. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson created Sieur de Monts National Monument. More land was given, and in 1919 the name was changed to Lafayette National Park. In 1929 the name changed one more time to Acadia National Park. All of the land was donated by people who wanted to protect it. Visit our History of Acadia page for more information.

Biology and Park Science

Whether it's testing the acidity of our aquatic systems or stopping the spread of invasive species, our bioloigists are often busy protecting the park. Read more about Park Science.


Dates for Carroll Homestead Drop-in Program


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Last updated: October 30, 2020

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