Protecting more than 49,000 acres on Mount Desert Island and surrounding islands, and on a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, rugged coastlines, unique cultural resources, and important communities of plant and animal life. Drawing more than 3.5 million visitors each year, Acadia is one of the ten most popular national parks in the U.S. It is also one of the smallest and most vulnerable.

Friends of Acadia exists as an independent organization of passionate people, inspiring those who love this magnificent place to make a real and lasting difference for Acadia.

The first U.S. national park originally created by private donations of land, Acadia today continues to benefit from the donations of many individuals who are active as members and volunteers of Friends of Acadia. Whether volunteering on one of Acadia’s historic hiking trails, making a donation to protect threatened park lands, or supporting Friends of Acadia through an annual membership, our members and volunteers participate in a tradition of private philanthropy that began long before George B. Dorr established Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916. It will continue as long as people appreciate Acadia National Park’s spectacular scenery, rich ecology, and abundant opportunities to experience nature.

Each year, FOA works with Acadia National Park to identify places and projects where FOA’s effective mix of private philanthropy, volunteerism, innovative leadership, and strong partnerships will most benefit the park’s critical needs. Through conservation grants, volunteer mobilization, programs, and advocacy, we work in the following areas:

  • Wild Acadia…protecting Acadia’s lands and natural resources and improving ecosystem resilience to climate change
  • Tomorrow’s Stewards…engaging today’s youth in Acadia and the outdoors
  • The Acadia Experience…ensuring a high-quality visitor experience through smart transportation-related initiatives that reduce carbon emissions
  • Trails and Carriage Roads…maintaining these historic routes that have allowed visitors and residents alike to access the park for generations 


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