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Bring âtrick-or-treatersâ to the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park on Saturday October 26 from 1-4 p.m. to have fall science fun with the seventh annual âEeekâ of Ecology Festival. This free event will occur rain or shine and is recommended for children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. This year, âtrick-or-treatersâ will visit learning stations and encounter the friendly ghosts of historic sites, learn about cave crickets, dinosaur fossils, ghoulish invasive species and more. This program begins at Eliot Hall on the Schoodic Institute campus. Costumes are optional but add to the fun.
The National Park Service (NPS) is offering a 10-year concessions opportunity at Acadia National Park. The selected concessioner would operate carriage tours and equestrian services at Wildwood Stables in Acadia National Park. The new contract is expected to be effective for the 2021 visitor season. Wildwood Stables, on the southeast side of Mount Desert Island, can be accessed by the Park Loop Road. The site consists of a horse barn including an office, stables, outbuildings, and equestrian campsites with electricity, water, wastewater, and a comfort station. Wildwood Stables offers a variety of carriage tours under a concessions contract with the National Park Service throughout the tourist season.
Beginning on September 28, 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) will allow Class 1 electric bicycles (e-bikes) where traditional bicycles are allowed in Acadia National Park consistent with NPS Policy Memorandum 19-01 on Electric Bicycles. The policy defines Class 1 e-bikes as electric bicycles equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph. Electric bicycles provide expanded options for visitors who wish to ride a bicycle but may be limited because of physical fitness, age, or otherwise. All three classes of e-bikes continue to be allowed where motor vehicles are allowed in Acadia National Park.
In addition to responding to the Policy Memorandum, the NPS has reduced the speed limit on the carriage roads and Schoodic bike paths from 25 mph to 20 mph to ensure the safety of all users. E-bike users also need to be aware that Island Explorer buses and Bike Express trailers are not transporting e-bikes at this time due to load limitations.