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Friends of Acadia

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General Description

Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Acadia National Park is a natural treasure owned by the American people and supported by a long tradition of private philanthropy. The only national park created entirely by private donations of land, Acadia today is protected and enriched by the members and volunteers of Friends of Acadia. Since 1986, Friends of Acadia has been making a measurable difference for Acadia: we make grants to fund conservation projects in the park; we mobilize, equip, and lead hundreds of volunteers each year; we support programs that connect young people to Acadia and the outdoors; we help support the fare-free, propane-powered Island Explorer buses; and we speak up to protect Acadia from today’s ever-emerging threats. We bring people together, and create programs and find solutions that work—so that the contributions of our members and volunteers will benefit Acadia now and for all time.

Centennial Plans

Friends of Acadia has provided organizational structure and staff support for Acadia National Park’s centennial. Together with the National Park Service, we founded the Acadia Centennial Task Force, which has recruited partners from throughout Maine to plan events and programs, design and sell products to honor the centennial, and provide financial support for critical public engagement tools like the centennial website, marketing, and pins, product tags, and window stickers for partners to use in showing their support. Friends of Acadia is also working with several authors to publish a photographic book about Acadia and a biography of the founder of the park, George B. Dorr, and will likely be involved with numerous events inside and outside the park during the centennial year.


43 Cottage Street
PO Box 45
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609


Acadia Centennial Quest

Saturday April 16, 2016 - Saturday November 12, 2016

National Trails Day in Acadia

Saturday June 04, 2016

Acadia Day at Fenway Park

Sunday June 19, 2016

Maine Calling LIVE from Schoodic

Friday June 24, 2016

Glaciers to Granite: Acadia—A Centennial Celebration

Monday July 11, 2016 - Thursday August 25, 2016

L.L.Bean Bootmobile Visits Bar Harbor

Saturday August 06, 2016

“100 Words for Acadia” Flash Writing Contest

Thursday September 01, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

Thursday September 22, 2016 - Sunday September 25, 2016

National Public Lands Day

Saturday September 24, 2016

Take Pride in Acadia Day

Saturday November 05, 2016