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Special Event

Ash Pounding with Gerald “Butch” Jacobs, Passamaquoddy

Wed, July 26
11 am to 1 pm
Sieur de Monts Lawn

Passamaquoddy basketmaker Gerald “Butch” Jacobs is not only a master of the fine skills required to weave brown ash baskets, but a master of preparing this labor-intensive material. Pounding the raw log with the blunt side of an axe, Butch demonstrates how to separate the growth rings of the tree, and how to split and scrape them until they become the smooth, shiny, beautiful strips of ash used to create baskets. This program is a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of the basket-weaving process, from preparing the materials to the finished product.

All "Cultural Connections in the Park" programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with the Abbe Museum, and are free and open to the public.

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Junior Ranger Table

Hulls Cove Visitor Center, daily 8:30 to 10:30 am, and 2 to 4 pm. Stop by the Junior Ranger table at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center with your completed book and get sworn in by a park ranger.

Park Ranger Programs • July 19 to July 29

Wed July 19

Mount Desert Island District
8 am • Baker Island Cruise
8 amMr Rockefeller's Bridges
8:30 amCarriage Road Bike Tour
9 am • Dragonfly Discovery
9 am • Family Program (Seawall Picnic Area)
9 am to noon • Peregrine Falcon Watch
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
1 pmRanger's Choice (Coastal Walk)
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
8:15 pm • Knowing the Night
8:30 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)
8:30 pmEvening Program (Seawall)

Schoodic District


Thu July 20

Mount Desert Island District
7 amAcadia's Birds
8 am • Baker Island Cruise
8 amRanger's Choice (Mountain Hike)
9 am •
Family Program (Sand Beach)
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
11 am • Hike With a Ranger
11 am to 2 pm • Carroll Homestead Open House
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
3:30 pmRanger's Choice (Coastal Walk)
9 pm Stars Over Sand Beach

Schoodic District


Fri July 21

Mount Desert Island District
8 amMr Rockefeller's Bridges
8 amRanger's Choice (Photo Walk)
9 am • Family Program (Sieur de Monts)
9 am to noon • Peregrine Falcon Watch
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
4 pmBike with a Ranger
5:30 pmRanger's Choice (Sunset Hike)
7:30 pm • Knowing the Night
8:30 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)

Schoodic District


Sat July 22

Mount Desert Island District
8 am • Baker Island Cruise
8:30 amRanger's Choice (History Walk)
9 am • Family Program (Sand Beach)
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
10 am to 1 pm • Fire Tower Open House
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pmFrenchman Bay Cruise
4 pmRanger's Choice (Mountain Hike)
8:30 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)
8:30 pm
Evening Program (Seawall)

Schoodic District
10 am • Schoodic Sleuths
1 pm • Marine Touch Tank
6 pmJunior Naturalists
9 pm • Evening Campground Program (Schoodic Woods)

Sun July 23

Mount Desert Island District
7 amAcadia's Birds
9 am to noonFire Tower Open House
10 amIslesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
1 to 3 pm • Family Program (Carroll Homestead)
2 pmFrenchman Bay Cruise
4 pmRanger's Choice (Geology Walk)
8:30 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)
8:30 pmEvening Program (Seawall)

Schoodic District
1 pm • Marine Touch Tank
7 pm • Evening Campground Program (Schoodic Woods)


Mon July 24

Mount Desert Island District
8 amMr Rockefeller's Bridges
8:30 amCarriage Road Bike Tour
9 am • Family Program (Sieur de Monts)
9 am to noon • Peregrine Falcon Watch
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
1 to 3 pm • Family Program (Carroll Homestead)
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
8:30 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)

Schoodic District

Tue July 25

Mount Desert Island District
8 am • Baker Island Cruise
8:30 amRanger's Choice (History Walk)
9 am • Family Program (Sand Beach)
9 am to noon • Peregrine Falcon Watch
10 amIslesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
11 am • Hike With A Ranger
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pmFrenchman Bay Cruise
3:30 pmRanger's Choice (Coastal Walk)
8:30 pm
Evening Program (Seawall)
9 pm
Stars Over Sand Beach

Schoodic District

Wed July 26

Mount Desert Island District
7:30 am Ranger's Choice (Coastal Walk)
8 am •
Baker Island Cruise
8 amMr Rockefeller's Bridges
8:30 amCarriage Road Bike Tour
9 am • Family Program (Seawall Picnic Area)
9 am • Dragonfly Discovery
9 am to noon • Peregrine Falcon Watch
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
8 pm • Knowing the Night
8:30 pmEvening Program (Seawall)

Schoodic District
7 am • Bird Walk
1 pmMarine Touch Tank
6 pmJunior Naturalists
7:30 pm • Evening Campground Program (Schoodic Woods)


Thu July 27

Mount Desert Island District
7 amAcadia's Birds
8 am • Baker Island Cruise
8 amRanger's Choice (Mountain Hike)
9 am • Family Program (Sand Beach)
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
11 am • Hike With a Ranger
11 am to 2 pm • Carroll Homestead Open House
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
3:30 pmRanger's Choice (Coastal Walk)
9 pm Stars Over Sand Beach

Schoodic District


Fri July 28

Mount Desert Island District
8 amMr Rockefeller's Bridges
8 amRanger's Choice (Photo Walk)
9 am • Family Program (Sieur de Monts)
9 am to noon • Peregrine Falcon Watch
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
4 pmBike with a Ranger
5:15 pmRanger's Choice (Sunset Hike)
7:30 pm • Knowing the Night
9 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)

Schoodic District
8 amBirding for Beginners
1 pmMarine Touch Tank
7 pmJunior Naturalists
8:30 pm • Evening Campground Program (Schoodic Woods)


Sat July 29

Mount Desert Island District
8 am • Baker Island Cruise
8:30 amRanger's Choice (History Walk)
9 am • Family Program (Sand Beach)
10 am • Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise
10 am to 1 pm • Fire Tower Open House
1:30 to 3:30 pm • Touch Tank Talk
2 pm • Frenchman Bay Cruise
4 pmRanger's Choice (Mountain Hike)
8:30 pmEvening Program (Blackwoods)
8:30 pm
Evening Program (Seawall)

Schoodic District
10 am • Schoodic Sleuths
1 pmMarine Touch Tank
6 pmJunior Naturalists
8:30 pm • Evening Campground Program (Schoodic Woods)


 

Program Descriptions

Mount Desert Island District

Acadia’s Birds

2-3 hours, Location TBD, reservations required: Call 207-288-8832
Find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia’s most fascinating birds on this easy walk. Bring binoculars.

Bike with a Ranger

2 hours, Location TBD, reservations required: Call 207-288-8832
Explore carriage roads on this comfortably-paced 3-4 mile (5-6.4 km) ride. Age 11+. Bring your own bike (rentals available in local communities), water, snack, and helmet.

Carroll Homestead Open House

3 hour, Carroll Homestead, Drop-in between 10 am and 1 pm
Visit an 1800s farm home, hear family stories, and play pioneer games. Imagine what life was like for the generations who lived here.

Dragonfly Discovery

3 hours, location TBD, age 10+, reservations required: Call 207-288-8832. Be a citizen scientist helping to study mercury pollution by collecting juvenile dragonflies. You'll wade into a lake, get muddy, and discover some amazing aquatic creatures.

Evening Programs

1 hour, Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater, or Seawall Campround Amphitheater. Check campground bulletin boards or visitor centers for a complete list of program topics. Parking area near the amphitheater accommodates non-campers.

Family Programs

Expect kid-focused fun and activities on scheduled dates and hours.

  • Carroll Homestead • Funtastic Forest. Drop by for tree-mendous fun and activities learning about Acadia's forests.
  • Sand BeachSuper Sand Sleuths. Explore all the things that make this sandy beach so unique. All ages.
  • Seawall Picnic AreaKids Rock. Sculpt, color and sketch to discover Acadia’s geologic story through art and exploration.
  • Sieur de Monts Springs Nature CenterWild Things. Run, jump and investigate to discover some of Acadia's amazing animal adaptations.

Fire Tower Open House

Beech Mountain Summit. Enjoy the views from Beech Mountain Fire Tower. Hike from parking lot at the southern end of Beech Hill Road, 0.4 mile one way.

Knowing the Night

1.5 to 2 hours, location TBD, reservations required: Call 207-288-8832 Challenge your senses and experience the mystery of Acadia after dark. Ages 8+.

Mr. Rockefeller’s Bridges

2.5 hours, Parkman Mountain parking area
Follow tree-lined carriage roads to explore the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s gift to Acadia on this easy 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk.

Peregrine Falcon Watch

Precipice Trail parking area (Usually mid-May through July)
Drop by during program hours to observe a peregrine falcon nest on the cliffs of Champlain Mountain through viewing scopes, weather permitting.

Ranger's Choice

From 1.5 to 3 hours, Location TBD, reservations required: Call 207-288-8832
Learn about unique aspects of this island park. Length and difficulty varies, call for details.


  • Coastal WalkDiscover stories of history and nature along Acadia's rocky coastline on this easy to moderate two-mile (3.2-km) walk.
  • Dusk WalkChallenge your senses and experience the mystery of Acadia after dark. Ages 8+.
  • Geology Walk • Discover how Acadia’s landscape has been shaped and reshaped by observing the rocks near the shore.
  • History Walk • Explore the site of George Dorr’s former mansion on this easy walk. Look for clues and learn about the man who helped create our national park.
  • Mountain Hike • Ascend a rocky trail to one of Acadia’s summits on a guided hike exploring the geology and plant life along the way.
  • Photo Walk Bring your camera and learn valuable tips and techniques to capture Acadia’s beauty.

  • Sunset Hike • Hike a challenging trail to a special overlook for sunset as you uncover changes to Acadia’s landscape. Bring water, layers, sturdy shoes, and flashlight.

Stars Over Sand Beach

1 hour, Sand Beach
Sit back and learn about Acadia’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring something to lie on, and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision.

Touch Tank Talk

Dorr Museum of Natural History, College of the Atlantic
Drop by to get up close and personal with intertidal creatures and learn how to explore safely along the shore.
 

Program Descriptions

Schoodic Peninsula District

Art Adventure

2 hours, Eliot Hall parking area, Schoodic Education and Research Center Create art in the park with an artist-in-residence or ranger. Age 12+. Wear closed-toe, sturdy hiking shoes to this easy walk.

Bird Walk

2 hours, Blueberry Hill parking area Find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia’s birds on this easy 1 mi (1.6 km) walk. Bring binoculars.

Birding for Beginners

1.5 to 2 hours, Schoodic Woods Campground Ranger Station Learn basic bird identification using a free App. Wear sturdy shoes for an easy walk on uneven ground.

Campground iNaturalist Walk

1 hour, Schoodic Woods Campground Ranger Station Learn about plants and animals and connect with other users during this easy walk. Download at https://www.inaturalist.org/

Children's Story Hour

1 hour, Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater Learn about many different animals and plants of our forests and shores. Listen to a story and participate in activities. For ages 8 and under.

Junior Naturalists

45 mins, Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater Investigate animals, plans, geology, and human stories. Ages 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Marine Touch Tank

1 hour, Dorr Hall at Schoodic Education and Research Center Drop by between 1 and 2 pm to meet some marine creatures and learn about adaptations to constantly changing conditions between the tides.

Schoodic Institute Presentation

1 hour, Moore Auditorium Schoodic Institute, a park partner, invites the public to a free presentation featuring a variety of science in and around Acadia. Visit schoodicinstitute.org for topic details.

Schoodic Sleuths

1 hour, Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater Get the inside scoop on habitats, ecology and history during this nature walk with children's activities. Wear close-toed shoes for rocky and wet areas. Ages 12 and under.

Schoodic Woods Evening Campground Program

1 hour, Schoodic Wood Campground Amphitheater Topics vary.

Schoodic Woods Hike

2 hours, Schoodic Woods Campground Ranger Station Join a ranger for a look at ecology along this 1-2 mile (1.6 to 3.2 km) moderate hike. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, bring water.

Sundew Geology Hike
1.5 to 2 hours. Eliot Hall parking area. Hike this moderate, uneven trail and explore geology first-hand. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks.

Sundew Phenology Hike

1.5 to 2 hours, Eliot Hall parking area Join a ranger on this moderate, uneven trail to monitor local plants using Nature’s Notebook. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks.

 

Ranger Tours

Fees apply, please see descriptions

Baker Island Cruise

5 hours, Harbor Place, 1 West Street, Bar Harbor. Spot seabirds and marine mammals on a cruise along coastal Acadia.Explore beautiful Baker Island on a moderate hike, viewing historic homesteads, a lighthouse, and geology. $49 adults, $27 children 6–14, $9 children age 5 and under. (207) 288-2386 www.barharborwhales.com

Carriage Road Bike Tour

2.5 hours, 6 mile moderate ride. Enjoy the car-free carriage roads at a comfortable pace while discovering the diverse beauty of Acadia. Twenty-one speed bike, transport to the park, and gear provided for the full day. Fee and reservations: $54 per person, including the bike, helmet and tour. Coastal Kayaking Tours/Acadia Bike, 48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, or call 800-526-8615

Frenchman Bay Cruise

2 hours, Bar Harbor Inn Pier. Climb aboard a schooner and hoist sails in search of wildlife and history. $42 adults, $39 seniors (65+), $32 ages 6–11, $7 ages 2–5, infants free. Group rates (15+) are available. (207) 288-4585 www.downeastwindjammer.com

Hike with a Ranger

5 hrs, moderate to strenuous hike. Enjoy spectacular views and learn the story behind them as you hike up the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Transportation with the ranger provided to and from the hike. Fee and reservations; $54, including transportation and tour. Coastal Kayaking Tours/Acadia Bike 48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor or call 800-526-8615

Islesford Historic and Scenic Cruise

2 hours 45 minutes, Municipal Pier, Northeast Harbor. Explore the connections between people and the sea with a visit to the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. $31 adults, $29 seniors (65+), $18 ages 5–11, $7 ages under 5. (207) 276-5352 www.cruiseacadia.com


Last updated: July 24, 2017

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PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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