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.
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.