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For Kids & Teens, Families & Schools

Just think: an infant in a stroller on the carriage roads in 2016 might return to celebrate Acadia’s bicentennial in 2116! The Acadia Centennial celebration will offer events and activities for visitors of all ages, but some special opportunities exist to celebrate and deepen the relationship of “tomorrow’s stewards” to their park.

Calendar of Centennial Youth Events

The Acadia Centennial Website hosts a searchable calendar of centennial events in and around Acadia. The calendar can be filtered for events targeted toward kids and teens. Visit

For information about the NPS Centennial, visit

For Kids, Teens, and Families in Acadia

Acadia Centennial Junior Ranger / NPS Centennial Junior Ranger program
In 2016, visit an Acadia visitor center or Acadia’s website to learn how to complete this program: Earn a free 2016 Centennial memento when you complete each program.

Acadia Quest with Friends of Acadia (all ages)
Complete the Acadia Quest activities as you explore Acadia, to earn your Centennial Quest badge. In April 2016, visit to learn more about this program.

Youth Internships (Ages 16–25)
Work for the summer as an Acadia intern building trails with AYCC, hiking trails while teaching Leave No Trace with the Ridge Runners, identifying raptors with park visitors at Hawkwatch, and other possibilities. Visit to learn more about these paid youth internships.

For Teachers and Students

Acadia 100 Challenge (Youth ages 6-14)
Acadia invites teachers to create their own fun ideas for an Acadia 100 Challenge! Help your students create a class project or individual project to celebrate 100 years of Acadia: write a 100-word Acadia poem or 100 poems, take 100 photos of Acadia, walk 100 miles in Acadia, write 100 short stories about a field trip to or family visit to Acadia, read 100 books about Acadia, draw 100 pictures of Acadia, Create 100 posters of ways to protect Acadia, film 100 interviews with kids showcasing what they love about Acadia…

When your project is complete, we will share your final project and your class photo (if you want) on the Centennial website, to showcase the writing, art, ideas, and accomplishments of your students and inspire others to participate. Each Acadia 100 Challenge participant will earn a free Acadia Centennial item and become eligible to earn a free field trip to Acadia for their entire class.

Download the form to get started »

“Create Your Own” School Centennial Project Idea
Create your own project or activity celebrating and deepening your students’ own relationship with Acadia. Learn how to sign up as an Acadia Centennial Partner here »

Ranger-led Classroom Programs
Plan a free ranger-led school program in your classroom in spring or fall 2016. Visit to start planning now.

Ranger-led Field Trips (k-8)
Take a Ranger-led field trip in Acadia in spring or fall of 2016. Visit to start planning your field trip now.

Schoodic Education Adventure (SEA) – Overnight Science Camp for Middle School students
Bring your students and their parents for 3 days/2 nights of science adventures in Acadia National Park during the fall. For more information, visit:

The Yellow Bus Fund for Ranger-led Field Trips
Friends of Acadia provides a limited number of transportation scholarships annually for public school teachers in Maine to bring their students to Acadia. Scholarships are given in the early spring and early fall. Visit for more information and the application process.

2016 Centennial Climate Change Outdoor Classrooms
Do you have an outdoor space that could be used as a classroom? Do you want to work with your students to design a new space for learning—a nature trail, a weather station, a water quality monitoring station, a phenology garden? Design a unique learning space at your school that teaches about Climate Change and link it to our new nature center exhibit so your work can be shared with visitors to Acadia National park. Link our science to science at your school and create citizen scientists of your students by linking to online databases to record their observations.

Submit a proposal for your outdoor classroom by April 1, 2016 to be considered for fall 2016 outdoor classroom development. Completed classrooms will be showcased using a map of your classroom space, photos of the site, videos of your students creating the space, and the lesson plan developed for use in the space. Selected classes will receive a transportation grant to visit the climate change exhibit at Acadia’s nature center in 2017 and a ranger-led program related to the selected outdoor classroom projects. See for information.

For Teachers in Acadia

Centennial Teacher Fellowships
Apply to be a paid summer Teacher Fellow at Acadia. Spend 6–8 weeks learning outdoors with park rangers and kids exploring the park. Participate in a special teacher workshop and citizen science bug Bioblitz at the Schoodic Education Research Center. Become a Super Sand Sleuth on Sand Beach and a Tidepool explorer. Develop an outdoor teaching lesson plan to use in your school then plan a field trip to Acadia or a national park area near your school—funded by this fellowship. Visit to learn more.


Visit the Acadia national park website at for other opportunities for youth and teachers.

For additional teacher training opportunities in Acadia, visit

For more information about educational opportunities in Acadia National Park, contact:
Cynthia Ocel, MDI Education Coordinator 207-288-8821
Michael Marion, MDI Educator 207-288-8823
Kate Petrie, Schoodic Education Coordinator (207)288-1312
Meg Scheid, St. Croix IHS Manager (207) 288-8818
Lynne Dominy, Acadia Centennial Coordinator (207)288-8802

For more information about FOA educational opportunities, contact:
Paige Steele, Conservation Projects Manager, Friends of Acadia (207)288-3340