BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park have invited the public to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 by participating in a trail or carriage road project on either Mount Desert Island or at Schoodic or a take a guided hike with Acadia trail crew up the Emery Path or hike the Bubbles Trail with a park ranger.
Activities on Mount Desert Island will begin at 8 a.m. with an open house in the Acadia National Park Trail Workshop at park headquarters on the Eagle Lake Road. Donuts, coffee and juice will be provided. At 8:45 a.m. participants will then head out on a guided hike or on a work project.
At Schoodic, volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at Frazer Point Picnic Area inside Acadia National Park. Volunteers will work until noon clearing ditches along the Schoodic Head road and trail. Friends of Acadia will provide tools, snacks, and work gloves if needed. Following the morning of work, volunteers are welcome to bring their own lunches and hike together to the summit of Schoodic Head.
One of the work projects on Mount Desert Island this year will be on the Al Butler Memorial Trail in Tremont. Friends of Acadia, Acadia National Park, and the Town of Tremont have joined efforts to maintain this community trail.
“Community trails add character to our villages and towns by providing a connection to the natural world and by adding green spaces,” said Terry Begley, projects and events coordinator at Friends of Acadia. “Trails encourage a healthy lifestyle and provide education opportunities. We’re happy that we’ll be working with community volunteers and the town to help improve the Al Butler Memorial Trail.” After the morning trail work, the Town of Tremont is hosting a hot dog lunch for volunteers.
National Trails Day is also one of the stewardship events featured in the Acadia Quest. Now in its 4th year, the 2011 Acadia Quest has a new approach and new activities. Tying in to first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Quest teams are being challenged to “move outside” in Acadia while interacting with the park from a variety of perspectives: biking on the carriage roads, kayaking on Echo Lake, photographing the bridges, completing a scavenger hunt in the Wild Gardens, or attending a Friends of Acadia/Acadia National Park stewardship or educational event.
Quest teams are competing for three grand prizes, provided by Acadia Quest sponsor L.L.Bean. Fifty teams have already signed on for the 2011 Quest, including a team from Russia and two teams from Canada. More information and online registration for Acadia Quest are available at www.friendsofacadia.org.
National Trails Day participants are encouraged to car pool, dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water, gloves, and bug repellent. Registration is highly recommended, as the guided hikes are limited to groups of 20, and tools are being provided for the stewardship work teams.