BAR HARBOR — Drop-in volunteers are needed to work on trails, carriage roads and outdoor projects during sessions organized by Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia. The next session will be held 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, meeting at park headquarters, 567 Eagle Lake Road, weather permitting. No experience is necessary.
Other sessions will be at the same time Saturday, Sept. 29, Tuesdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 27.
Volunteers assist with many projects in Acadia National Park, like cutting back vegetation along the trails and carriage roads, rebuilding small rock retaining walls, maintaining and rehabilitating hiking trails, maintaining historic vistas, and cleaning up at picnic and scenic areas. Staff and volunteers who greet you on the front lawn of ANP headquarters will provide you with tools, gloves, training, and transportation to the work site for the morning’s project.
Volunteers should bring water, snacks, lunch, and insect repellent. They also should dress in layers for variable Maine weather, and wear sturdy shoes, and no sandals or exposed toes. Ticks carrying Lyme disease are very common in Maine. Organizers recommend wearing long socks and light colored pants, which you can tuck into your socks, to prevent ticks from climbing under your clothing.
For information or if you have a group with more than five volunteers, contact Dana Petersen, Friends of Acadia stewardship coordinator, at 207-288-3934 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
For seasonal volunteer opportunities at the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, contact the Acadia National Park volunteer coordinator, Dianna McKeage at 207-288-8716 or email@example.com . Please note that Dianna is furloughed for three months during the winter.